Kanye West to perform at tonight’s Brit Awards ceremony

Rapper is last-minute addition to bill that also includes Madonna, Taylor Swift and Royal Blood

Kanye West has been announced as a last-minute addition to tonight’s Brit Awards line-up.

The rapper is set to perform a new track from his as-yet-untitled new album. He joins Madonna, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Paloma Faith, Royal Blood, George Ezra and Take That, who have all been confirmed to perform at the ceremony.

West has previously won three Brit Awards and has been nominated eight times. He last performed at the Brits in 2006, when he played ‘Diamonds From Sierra Leone’, ‘Gold Digger’ and ‘Touch The Sky’.

Candice Morrissey, head of YouTube music partnerships across Europe, said: “Kanye West tops off an amazing set of performers at this year’s Brit Awards with some of the biggest British and global stars taking the stage.

“We’re excited to partner with the Brits again this year so anyone outside of the UK who can’t tune in on TV can watch their favourite artists live on the Brits YouTube channel.”

The Brit Awards will take place at London’s O2 Arena tonight (February 25) and will air live at 8pm on ITV. The show is streaming live worldwide on YouTube.

Last week, Kanye West claimed that his forthcoming seventh LP is “80 per cent done” and will be released as a “surprise album”. In an interview with US radio station Power 105.1, the rapper said: “[It’s gonna be] bars, songs, cookout music that just feels good. My last album was a protest to music, I was like ‘I’m gonna take my ball and go home’… This album is embracing the music, joy. Being of service to the people. I just hope people like it and enjoy it.”