Brit Awards: Stars Wear White Roses in Support of Time's Up Movement

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Dua Lipa, Stormzy and Ed Sheeran are among the nominees at the awards show, hosted by Jack Whitehall.

Music stars are wearing white roses on the Brit Awards' red carpet Wednesday to support campaigns against sexual harassment and assault.

Guests at Britain's biggest music awards show will be given white rose pins to wear in solidarity with the Time's Up movement.

Calls for change have swept through the entertainment industry since women began coming forward to accuse Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein last year. There was a similar gesture at Sunday's British Academy Film Awards, where women wore black to protest sexual misconduct and bullying.

Rising star Dua Lipa, grime artist Stormzy and ubiquitous singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran are among nominees for this year's awards, which are being presented at London's O2 Arena. The ceremony will be hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall.

All three artists are also set to perform, along with Justin Timberlake, Rita Ora and Foo Fighters.

Organizers said Ariana Grande was forced to pull out of performing at the awards show due to illness. She had been set to make a surprise appearance in tribute to the 22 people killed when a bomber blew himself up at a Grande concert last May in Manchester.

Brit Awards chief executive Geoff Taylor said Grande "was not able to travel on doctor's orders," but added that the show would still feature a "fitting remembrance and recognition" of the Manchester attack.

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