Crooner will take over from Ant & Dec for the 2017 event
The Internet has reacted to news that Michael Bublé will host next year’s Brit Awards.
The 2017 Brit Awards take place on February 22, returning to the O2 Arena. The last two years have seen the ceremony presented by Ant & Dec, while James Corden helmed the host role for four years prior to that.
Now it has been confirmed that Bublé will present 2017’s event. He says of the news: “It’s a huge honour for me to host such a big night in music. Even though I didn’t grow up as a Brit I’ve always been well aware of The BRIT Awards and their impact globally. As a fan of music this is the perfect gig. I’m very much looking forward to February and celebrating the success stories of a great year in music.”
Reaction to the news has been mixed, with some fans happy to see Bublé take to the O2 stage for a 16th time in his career.
However, others are not so pleased. One fan writes: “Are the Brits trying to appeal to my mum?” Another adds of the Christmas best-seller: “It’s not held in December so surely he will be in hibernation come February”.
“Michael Buble to host the BRITs. So much for British jobs for British workers,” joked one Twitter user.
See the best Twitter reactions below.
This week it was announced that Robbie Williams will receive 2017’s BRITs Icon Award.
The ‘Rudebox’, ‘Rock DJ’, ‘Party Like A Russian’ star and former member of Take That has already won the Outstanding Contribution To Music award, and now will be honoured for earning “a special place” in UK fans’ hearts with his “enduring appeal and his exceptional track record of hit singles”.
“He is one of our greatest ambassadors and we are proud to recognise his exceptional talents with our highest accolade – A BRITs Icon Award,” said BRIT Awards boss Geoff Taylor. “We look forward to celebrating his achievements with a spectacular show on ITV.”