Details of awards night & nominations launch unveiled

It's a pleasure to be able to reveal the first few details for The BRIT Awards 2013. 2013 will see The BRITs build on the changes that have been implemented over the last two years to deliver a show like never before. In 2011, The BRITs moved home to The O2 Arena, signalling an exciting new chapter for Britain’s most prestigious music awards ceremony. Since then, a number of initiatives have seen the Awards re-energised, with the BRITs Committee continuing to review every aspect to ensure the event is the best celebration of the incredible calibre of British music. We’re delighted to announce that James Corden will return as host of the awards for the third consecutive year and his fourth time in total – matching Chris Evans’ record. We can also reveal that his year’s bespoke BRITs statue will be designed by Damien Hirst who becomes the third British creative to put his unique stamp on the iconic trophy. Since 2011 when the ‘blank canvas’ trophy was given its inaugural makeover by fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, The BRITs have been committed to working with the most innovative and original artists – those who help to inspire the British creative’s of the future. The 2012 trophy was designed by legendary pop artist Sir Peter Blake. Visionary artist Hirst will continue the new tradition of awarding creativity with creativity. His work has been exhibited all over the world and is as iconic as the music celebrated at The BRIT Awards. His recent show at London's Tate Modern that was the most visited solo show and second-most visited exhibition in the gallery's history. BRITs Chairman David Joseph said: “We are delighted that Damien will become the third extraordinary creative Briton to reimagine the BRIT statue. He is truly one of the most important British artists ever and his unique vision will make winning a 2013 BRIT an even more special proposition.” Also announced today is the news that nominations will be launched at an exclusive media event at The Savoy in London on January 10th. The event will be hosted by Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw and highlights from the nominations launch will be hosted on the official BRITs YouTube channel directly after. A full list of 2013 categories will be announced in the coming weeks. This year's BRIT Awards 2013 with Mastercard will take place on Wednesday 20th February 2013 at The O2, London.