Paul McCartney to be honoured by special guest at the BRITS

Former Beatle also promises plenty of hits

Kylie Minogue is to present Paul McCartney with his Outstanding Contribution To Music Award at the 2008 BRIT Awards.

The singer will hand over the special award to the former Beatle before he performs a medley of hits at the ceremony in Earls Court on February 20.

He told The Sun: “You can either go for something wow or just do a couple of hits – I’ve opted for the latter. I’m quite happy to be just doing stuff that I hope the audience will like. I don’t want to go too interesting because it’s going to be at the end of the night.

“Just stick to the hits, boy. The audience will want to drink beer really. This year will be outstanding – because Ozzy is presenting.”

Mika, Take That and Leona Lewis lead the 2008 BRIT Award nominees with four nominations apiece, along with Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Kate Nash and Mark Ronson, who are each up for three.

Klaxons have two nods for British Breakthrough Act and British Live Act, as do Bat For Lashes.

The nominees are:

British Male Solo Artist

Jamie T

Mark Ronson


Newton Faulkner

Richard Hawley

British Female Solo Artist

Bat For Lashes

Kate Nash

KT Tunstall

Leona Lewis

PJ Harvey

British Group

Arctic Monkeys


Girls Aloud

Kaiser Chiefs

Take That

British Album

Arctic Monkeys – ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’

Leona Lewis – ‘Spirit’

Mark Ronson – ‘Version’

Mika – ‘Life In Cartoon Motion’

Take That – ‘Beautiful World’

British Breakthrough Act

Bat For Lashes

Kate Nash


Leona Lewis


British Live Act

Arctic Monkeys

Kaiser Chiefs



Take That

British Single

The Hoosiers – ‘Worried About Ray’

James Blunt – ‘1973’

Kaiser Chiefs – ‘Ruby’

Kate Nash – ‘Foundations’

Leona Lewis – ‘Bleeding Love’

Mark Ronson – ‘Valerie’ (featuring Amy Winehouse)

Mika – ‘Grace Kelly’

Mutya Buena – ‘Real Girl’

Sugababes – ‘About You Now’

Take That – ‘Shine’

International Male Solo Artist

Bruce Springsteen

Kanye West

Rufus Wainwright


Michael Buble

International Female Solo Artist

Alicia Keys



Kylie Minogue


International Group

Arcade Fire


Foo Fighters

Kings Of Leon

The White Stripes

International Album

Arcade Fire – ‘Neon Bible’

Eagles – ‘Long Road Out Of Eden’

Foo Fighters – ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience, Grace’

Kings Of Leon ‘Because Of The Times’

Kylie Minogue – ‘X’

Outstanding Contribution Award

Paul McCartney

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