Brit Awards chairman: 'Last year could have been better'

Christian Tattersfield claims that 2013 event "lacked superstars"

Brit Awards chairman: 'Last year could have been better'

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Brit Awards chairman Christian Tattersfield has said that the 2013 ceremony "lacked superstars" and that the event as a whole "could have been better."

This year's Brit Awards will take place at London's O2 Arena tomorrow night (February 19) and will feature performances from Arctic Monkeys and Katy Perry among others while Prince is expected to make an appearance as one of the night's presenters.

Tattersfield feels these kind of A-listers were missing from last year's ceremony, with Emeli Sande, Robbie Williams and Mumford & Sons performing. Speaking to The Guardian, the chairman of the awards says: "Last year could have been better ... we lacked superstars ... so that took a bit of the edge off."

While Tattersfield is confident that the 2014 ceremony will better last year's, he has ruled out a return to the days when infamous incidents made more headlines than the performances. "We needed to stop the mayhem," says the chairman, promising tomorrow night's event will be a "an important event of gravitas, rather than just a shoddy knees-up."

Lorde and Disclosure will perform live at the Brits ceremony on Wednesday night at London's O2 Arena. They will join Pharrell, Ellie Goulding, Bruno Mars, Bastille and Rudimental. Organisers of the 2014 Brit Awards recently confirmed that the event will be live-streamed on YouTube for the first time this year.

Arctic Monkeys are nominated for Best British Group and Best Album. David Bowie and James Blake will compete with Jake Bugg for British Male Solo Artist. Haim have been nominated for the International Group award and are up against Kings Of Leon, Daft Punk and Arcade Fire in the category. Disclosure and Bastille have received the most nominations, with four apiece. Click here for a full list of nominations.

James Corden has claimed that the Brit Awards will "benefit from a fresh approach" when he moves on from hosting the show after this month's ceremony.

Corden will present next week's awards for the fourth time, more than anybody else in Brit Awards history. He has already confirmed that he will not return in 2015, and a replacement is yet to be announced. Speaking about his decision to step away from the role as host, the film and TV actor has said that the show will benefit from the introduction of a fresh face.

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