Organisers of the 2014 Brit Awards have announced that the event will be live-streamed on YouTube for the first time this year.
The ceremony, which will take place on London’s O2 Arena on February 19, will be broadcast live on ITV and on the Awards’ YouTube channel.
Also announced today (January 30) is the first ever Brits Social Vote Award. Viewers will be able to vote live during the ceremony via Twitter for the winner of the Best Video. Nominees for the category will be reveaed through the day on february 10 and will be based on official YouTube views.
Earlier this week, Lorde and Disclosure were added to the list of performers for this year’s Brit Awards. They will join Pharrell, Arctic Monkeys, Katy Perry, Ellie Goulding, Bruno Mars, Bastille and Rudimental.
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.
The event will be hosted by James Corden. Philip Treacy, the Irish-born, London-based hat maker and designer, has designed this year’s Brit Award statue.