Brit Awards drop Outstanding Contribution Award

Organisers announce numerous changes for 2011 show

Brit Awards drop Outstanding Contribution Award
The Outstanding Contribution Award will no longer be handed out at the Brit Awards.

Organisers of the annual music bash have opted to ditch the prize, which has been given to the likes of Robbie Williams, Oasis and Pet Shop Boys in recent years.

Instead, next year's newly-formatted ceremony will end with the announcement of the MasterCard British Album Of The Year Award, with short films about the making of each nominated record set to be screened throughout the night.

The Brits statues have also been redesigned to make them a "blank canvas", which will be restyled each year by "leading British creative individuals".

Next year's statues will be given their inaugural makeover by fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.

Brits chairman David Joseph commented: "Vivienne stands for all the things we want to inspire in tomorrow's generation of artists."

Earlier this year, organisers announced the Brit Awards will move to a new venue, London's O2 Arena, from its old home of Earls Court for the 2011 show on February 15.

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