Michael Bublé is to host the 2017 Brit Awards, the U.K.'s biggest awards show, due to take place at London's O2 Arena on February 22. He replaces British TV personalities Ant and Dec, who have hosted the event for the past two years.
"It's a huge honour for me to host such a big night in music," said Bublé in a statement. "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," the Canadian crooner went on to say.
"This is a huge coup for The Brit Awards and we are delighted to announce Michael as our host for 2017," added BRITs Chairman Jason Iley, who called Bublé "an extremely talented and charismatic world-class entertainer much loved by the British public."
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Next year will mark the 37th edition of the Brit Awards, which are run by labels trade body BPI and recognize the year's biggest selling U.K. artists and releases. This year's event featured live performances from Adele, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd and Lorde, who memorably paid tribute to David Bowie by performing "Life on Mars," accompanied by Bowie's longstanding backing band.
A British TV audience of almost 6 million tuned in to watch the two-hour show, which saw nearly 7.5 million tweets sent, with Adele's acceptance of the global success award generating a peak of 55,000 tweets per minute. The global success prize was one of four awards that Adele won the night, alongside British female artist, British single and album of the year. Other winners included James Bay, Coldplay, Tame Impala, Bieber, Bjork and One Direction.
Nominations for this year's awards will be announced on Jan. 14 and for the first time will be broadcast in a primetime slot on commercial TV station ITV.