The recently reformed Eighties pop veterans are to receive the Outstanding Contribution award...

Duran Duran are to be given an OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION gong at next year’s BRIT AWARDS.

Following a year that’s seen the 80s cred-pop veterans stage a triumphant reunion and begin work on new material, they will be awarded the ‘golden oldie’ gong at the music industry awards on February 17, 2004.

Peter Jamieson, Chairman of the Brits committee, said: “The UK music industry, represented by the BPI, is proud to add Duran Duran to the ‘Outstanding Contribution’ roll of honour. Whilst this award recognises past achievements which are much deserved, I am just as excited about the band’s vibrancy today which augurs well for continued success.”

Previous recipients of the Outstanding Contribution To Music award include Tom Jones, Sting, U2 and Eurythmics.

Nominations for the Brit Awards 2004 will be announced on January 12.