Ant & Dec to step down as Brit Awards hosts

2016 is their third year hosting the award ceremony

Ant & Dec have confirmed that 2016’s Brit Awards will be their last as hosts. They will make their final appearance as hosts of the award ceremony on Wednesday, February 24.

Speaking to Digital Spy, Dec said, “We had such fun last year that we thought, ‘Oh go on, let’s do it one more time’. But this is it. This is definitely it. This beginning of the year bit for us is so busy with Britain’s Got Talent and Saturday Night Takeaway that it’s too mentally busy for us. So it’s just one more and then we’ll hand it over to someone else.”

They did not specify who might replace them, but Ant speculated, “There’s loads of people out there qualified to do it. I think Grimmy would do a good job,” while Dec said, “Whoever does it though, it’s a really fun job to do. It’s nerve-wracking, it’s a bit overwhelming at times, but it’s a huge amount of fun. And if things go wrong, you just kind of have to go with it. You’ve always got to be ready for that.”


This year’s ceremony will feature performances from Rihanna, Adele, Coldplay, and Justin Bieber. See a full list of nominees below.

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British Male Solo Artist:
Aphex Twin
Calvin Harris
James Bay
Jamie XX
Mark Ronson

British Female Solo Artist:
Amy Winehouse
Florence and Machine
Jess Glynne
Laura Marling

British Group:
Years & Years

British Breakthrough Act:
Catfish and Bottlemen
James Bay
Jess Glynne
Wolf Alice
Years & Years


British Single:
Adele – Hello
Calvin Harris and Disciples – How Deep Is Your Love
Ed Sheeran + Rudimental – Bloodstream
Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
James Bay – Hold Back The River
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
Little Mix – Black Magic
Olly Murs/Demi Lovato – Up
Phillip George – Wish You Were Mine
Years & Years – King

Mastercard British Album of Year
Adele – 25
Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams
Florence + The Machine – How Big How Blue How Beautiful
James Bay – Chaos and Calm
Jamie xx – In Colour

British Producer of Year:
Charlie Andrew
Mark Ronson
Mike Crossey
Tom Dalgety

British Video of the Year:
Adele – Hello
Calvin Harris and Disciples – How Deep Is Your Love
Ed Sheeran – Photograph
Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
Jessie J – Flashlight
Little Mix – Black Magic
Naughty Boy ft Beyonce – Runnin’
1D – Drag Me Down
Sam Smith – Writing’s On The Wall
Years & Years – King

International Male Solo Artist:
Father John Misty
Justin Bieber
Kendrick Lamar
The Weeknd

International Female Solo Artist:
Ariana Grande
Courtney Barnett
Lana Del Rey
Meghan Trainor

International Group:
Alabama Shakes
Eagles of Death Metal
Major Lazer
Tame Impala

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