Paul McCartney to accept special Brit

Ex-Beatle to get Outstanding Contribution to Music award

Paul McCartney is set to be honoured with the Outstanding Contribution To Music at the 2008 Brit Awards.

The former Beatle is set to accept to award after turning down the honour previously.

It is thought he turned down the award after believing that the acceptance of it would indicate his musical career was over.

McCartney, who already holds a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution for his work with The Beatles, will now be presented with his own award on February 20 at Earl’s Court in London.

It has also been announced that Adele will be given the Critics Choice prize – a new award “created to encourage and launch new talent”.

The Brits Committee spokesman Ged Doherty said: “Huge congratulations to Adele. I know the competition was fierce in this, the inaugural year of this award, and she is a worthy winner.”

Other contenders for the new award included Duffy and Foals.

Adele is set to release her debut album ’19’ in January.