Damien Hirst to design this year's BRIT Awards statues

James Corden to return as host at 2013 event

Damien Hirst to design this year's BRIT Awards statues

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Artist Damian Hirst has been announced as the designer of next year's BRIT Awards statue.

Since introducing the 'blank canvas' trophy in 2011, the statue has been made over by fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood and pop artist Sir Peter Blake. It has not yet been confirmed if Hirst's statues will be split in two and presented suspended in glass tanks full of formaldehyde.

Pictured right with bassist Flea, Hirst's recent show at London's Tate Modern that was the most visited solo show and second-most visited exhibition in the gallery's history. BRITs Chairman David Joseph says: "We are delighted that Damien will become the third extraordinary creative Briton to reimagine the BRIT statue. He is truly one of the most important British artists ever and his unique vision will make winning a 2013 BRIT an even more special proposition."

Hirst enjoyed a short-lived pop career himself: he was a member of Fat Les with Blur's Alex James and actor Keith Allen, scoring a number two hit with 'Vindaloo' in 1998.

In further BRITs news, James Corden will return as host for the third consecutive year when the ceremony returns to The O2 Arena on Wednesday February 20. Set to be Corden's fourth time presenting The BRITs in total, he will equal the record held by BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans. The ceremony will be broadcast in the UK on ITV1.

The nominations launch for The Brits will take place on January 10 at The Savoy in London, and will be hosted by BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw, and highlights from the nominations launch will be hosted on the official BRITs YouTube channel directly after the event.

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