Prince to appear at the Brit Awards

Singer will present the first award of the evening in London this Wednesday (February 19)

Prince is set to appear at this week’s Brit Awards.

The artist, who is currently in the UK, performing a run of special shows, will present the first award of the night, alongside his band 3rdEyeGirl, according to a statement on the Brit Awards official website.

Meanwhile, Prince is expected to continue his run of pop-up live shows in London with another gig tonight. Following a show last night at KOKO in Camden, he will also play tonight at Ronnie Scott’s in Soho, London, before heading to Manchester for two gigs on Friday and Saturday (February 22 and 23).

Lorde and Disclosure will perform live at the Brits ceremony on Wednesday night at London’s O2 Arena. They will join Pharrell, Arctic Monkeys, Katy Perry, Ellie Goulding, Bruno Mars, Bastille and Rudimental. Organisers of the 2014 Brit Awards recently confirmed that the event will be live-streamed on YouTube for the first time this year.

Arctic Monkeys are nominated for Best British Group and Best Album. David Bowie and James Blake will compete with Jake Bugg for British Male Solo Artist. Haim have been nominated for the International Group award and are up against Kings Of Leon, Daft Punk and Arcade Fire in the category. Disclosure and Bastille have received the most nominations, with four apiece. Click here for a full list of nominations.

James Corden has claimed that the Brit Awards will “benefit from a fresh approach” when he moves on from hosting the show after this month’s ceremony.

Corden will present next week’s awards for the fourth time, more than anybody else in Brit Awards history. He has already confirmed that he will not return in 2015, and a replacement is yet to be announced. Speaking about his decision to step away from the role as host, the film and TV actor has said that the show will benefit from the introduction of a fresh face.