Paul McCartney once told us, “Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl but she doesn’t have a lot to say.” Fortunately for us, one of the Queen’s Guard—FUSE's own Dan Brown—has plenty to tell us about the BRIT Awards. Like, for starters, what the heck are they, and why should we care? 

Essentially the British equivalent of the GRAMMYs, the BRITs actually have a much wilder history than our music awards show. For instance, when Michael Jackson was performing his feel-good “Earth Song” at the BRITs in 1996, Jarvis Cocker whipped out his moon and showed the world some serious British cheek.

It’s also a great place to learn about artists before they become huge: Adele, Mumford & Sons and Amy Winehouse all received career boosts after delivering standout performances at the BRITs. 

For more reasons, check out Dan’s rundown of the BRIT Awards above—and be prepared for some flagrant stereotypical British slang.

Tune in Tuesday at 9PM/8C for Fuse's exclusive U.S. broadcast of the BRIT Awards 2012.