As the Brit Awards kicks off, host Mo Gilligan says that celebrities have little to fear with him at the helm.
The ceremony has been characterised by Jack Whitehall’s ruthless ribbing in years gone by, but Gilligan says he’s planning to take a different path altogether.
“I know a lot of these musicians and tonight is all about joy,” the South London comic told Rolling Stone UK at the BRITs.
“I’m in their arena and I need to make sure the vibe is right. If anything it’s a party and I need to make sure everyone is having fun and having a good time! I need to be like ‘you’re having a drink’, ‘you need a phone charger’ and ‘your cab is coming soon, you might want to get outside’.
“I’m trying to make sure everyone is having a good time, but if anyone does embarrass me I will put them in line! 100 percent man.”
Asked about his hopes for the evening’s ceremony, he added: “I think Little Simz has had a really good year, I’d love to see her win. And then there’s artists like Sam Fender and Liam Gallagher.”
Gilligan was speaking shortly before the BRIT Awards kicked off with a joint performance from Ed Sheeran and current Rolling Stone UK cover stars Bring Me The Horizon – who teamed up to perform Sheeran’s ‘Bad Habits’.
Adele has so far won the Best Song Award for ‘Easy On Me’, while Dua Lipa has picked up the awards for Best Pop/RnB act.
Performances from Adele, Sam Fender, Liam Gallagher and more are expected to follow.