BEST OF BRITISH!

The ceremony celebrates its' quarter century by including a special category...

Next year’s BRIT AWARDS will include a special award looking for the British public’s favourite song of the past 25 years.

The 2005 awards are dubbed the Brits 25, to mark the awards’ quarter century, and will feature a new category, the Brits 25 Best Song Award.

The search, on BBC Radio 2, will see Davina McCall ask listeners to vote for their five favourite songs from a long list of 25 songs from the last 25 years. McCall will run through the list on January 3 at 2pm, and a shortlist of five will make up nominations on awards night.

Peter Jamieson, chairman of the BPI who run the Brits, said: “Brits 25 with Mastercard is already lining up to be a very special show. The unique collaboration with BBC Radio 2 gives the British public their opportunity to select the very best song of the two-and-a-half decades the Brits has been running.”

Colin Martin, Editor of BBC Radio 2 Music, added: “British chart music is a massive part of our popular culture and looking back at what has been produced since the Brits first began in 1977 has highlighted what a wealth of outstanding talent we produced over the decades. Distilling over a quarter century of hits to a list of hits to a list of 25 to be voted on by Radio 2 listeners has been one of the most difficult tasks I have ever shared in. Now it’s up to our listeners to find the all time favourite British song, I wish them luck!”

The Brits 25 take place on February 9 at London Earls Court, hosted by Chris Evans.