UK Bookmakers have suspended betting on the Brits amid fears that the result could have been leaked. They took the unusual action after a flurry of bets in just a few hours were placed on veteran rocker Paul Weller to win Best Male Solo Artist at various William Hill shops.
Each bet was around £50 and was placed at different branches around London, making them virtually untraceable. Weller's odds have now been cut from 5/1 as an outsider to 1/5 as the favourite. Other major bookmakers, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power and Tote, have now all followed William Hill's lead - with some sources claiming that the winners' information may have been leaked.
However, punters can still place a bet on who is likely to win the Best Single, the only award voted for by the public. Girls Aloud are faves at 13/8, with Duffy 7/4, Coldplay 3/1, Leona Lewis 8/1 and Scouting For Girls 14/1. The live show is on ITV1 at 8pm on Wednesday.
Following six rounds of daily voting, Coldplay's single Viva La Vida has made it to the Brits 2009 shortlist to appear at the awards ceremony this coming Wednesday. However, the work doesn't finish there. This just in from Anchorman:
It's been announced tonight that Viva La Vida has made the final five for the Best British Single at the Brits. Thanks so much for all of your votes which helped to get it there. We'd be very grateful if you'd take the time to vote for the track, to help it win. To vote, please call - 09016 16 18 01 - Calls cost 35 pence from UK landline. Lines close at 21:00 GMT on Wednesday 18 February. For more details, please visit: http://www.brits.co.uk/news/british-single-phone-line-vot/
More on this exclusive news at the Brits voting thread here onwards. Thanks to everyone who has voted so far... make sure you're counted in the final televised round!