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Last Updated: Wednesday February 18 2009 19:59 GMT

In pics: Countdown to Brit Awards 2009

Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue has been been getting ready to host the 2009 Brit Awards at Earls Court in London. But what is it that's making her laugh so much in rehearsals?

Kylie Minogue, James Corden and Matt Horne

Perhaps it's these guys. Kylie isn't the only host - comedians James Corden and Mat Horne will be helping out, and it seems they've got their outfits mixed up with Kylie's!

Chris Martin

There's no danger Chris Martin from Coldplay will mix up his clothes with anyone else - he's been wearing that jacket for ages.

Bono from U2

U2 are another big band performing at the Brits on Wednesday. Lead singer Bono looks like he's getting into the right mood for a top show.

Kylie Minogue and Matt Horne

It looks like both Kylie and Mat are going to be kept busy during the Brits, with a fair few costume changes lined up.


Estelle will be hoping to head home with the award for best British female. She's been tipped to perform with The Ting Tings.

The Pet Shop Boys

At the end of the show the Pet Shop Boys will be handed the outstanding contribution to music award, before getting on stage for an interesting looking performance.

Pet Shop Boys, Lady Gaga and Brandon Flowers

They'll be joined on stage by some pretty big names from the moment, Lady Gaga and Killers lead singer Brandon Flowers.

Girls Aloud

After the rehearsals came the arrivals. Loads of celebs glammed up to make their entrance on the red carpet, but how long do you think it took Girls Aloud to get ready?

The Ting Tings

Cheer up The Ting Tings! They don't look too happy here, but it could be nerves... they're up for two awards, best British album and best British breakthrough act.

Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris isn't up for any awards, but that didn't stop him attracting lots of attention on the red carpet. Check out those specs!

Katy Perry

Katy Perry looks pretty relaxed as she masters the art of signing autographs for fans at the same time as posing for photographers.

Holly Willoughby

And who's Holly Willoughby spotted in the crowds? She looks pretty happy to see them...

Fearne Cotton

Maybe it was her mate, Fearne Cotton who's presenting backstage extras during the show.