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Oasis receive Outstanding Brit Award

The band will be honoured next February

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Oasis are to be awarded the Outstanding Contribution To Music gong at next year's BRIT Awards.

The band will receive the honour during the ceremony at London’s Earl's Court venue on February 14.

BPI Chairman Peter Jamieson said: “Oasis set the standard for many of the young rock bands who are currently enjoying success in the UK charts. As the BRIT Awards goes live for the first time in nearly two decades, it is appropriate that we should honour one of the most exciting live acts the UK has produced.”

Previous recipients of the Outstanding Contribution Award include The Beatles, U2, Paul Weller, Tom Jones, Sting, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Eurythmics and The Who.

Oasis have previously picked up BRITs in 1995 for Best British Breakthrough Act and in 1996 for Best British Album for '(What's The Story) Morning Glory?', Best British Group and Best British Video for 'Wonderwall'.

The band, who in last year's Guinness Book Of World Records were declared to be the Most Successful Act of the Last Decade in the UK, are due to release their greatest hits collection 'Stop The Clocks' on November 20. The album will be preceded by an EP of the same name the week before.

Meanwhile, for the first time in its history, the BRIT Awards will feature a live vote for the Best British Single category.

Viewers will be able to vote for their favourite of the five shortlisted singles, with the winner announced at the end of the show.

The nominations for the 27th BRIT Awards will be unveiled at the Hammersmith Palais in London on January 16, 2007.

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