Arctic Monkeys and Katy Perry to perform at Brit Awards 2014
Designer of next year's Brits statue is revealed as Philip Treacy
The show will take place on February 19 at London's O2 Arena and will be broadcast on ITV. Last year's audience of 7.1 million viewers was the ceremony's biggest in a decade.
Speaking ahead of her appearance, Katy Perry says: "The Brits has always showcased the music that I love and am influenced by. It's an honour to play at such a prestigious event where musicality shines at its brightest." Perry faced accusations of racism on Twitter for dressing as a geisha at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night (November 23).
Hosting duties will once again fall to James Corden – although this will be his final year. The actor and comedian says: "I really love the Brits. I'm such a fan. I'll miss not doing it after this one, but fully intend to enjoy every second of Brits 2014.”
The announcement comes as the designer of the Brits' 2014 statue is revealed as Philip Treacy, the Irish-born, London-based hat maker and designer. Among his many achievements, Treacy created hats for the Harry Potter movies and the much commented-on headgear Princess Beatrice wore at the Royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. His design can be seen below.
“Music has always been my inspiration and I’m fortunate to have worked with some of the music industry’s greatest artists. My inspiration for the trophy comes from a uniquely British genre of music – punk," says Treacy, who follows fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, artist Damien Hirst and Sir Peter Blake, creator of The Beatles' 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' sleeve.
Arctic Monkeys are on the cover of the new issue of NME.