Coldplay, Kaiser Chiefs, James Blunt and K.T.Tunstall are the four British acts so far confirmed to perform at next month’s BRIT Awards. Kanye West and Kelly Clarkson are the first international artists to commit to the British industry’s showpiece event, which takes place Feb. 15 at London’s Earls Court One.
Paul Weller, already announced as the recipient of the outstanding contribution to music award, will also play at the event, which is billed as the BRIT Awards 2006 with MasterCard.
The gala will be broadcast the following evening by national commercial broadcaster ITV1. The network has committed to an extra 30 minutes in its coverage of the event, so that the broadcast will last 150 minutes.
“This year’s show now includes five of the top ten biggest acts of the year including the acts who produced the two biggest selling albums of 2005, James Blunt and Coldplay,” comments BPI chairman and and BRITs organizing committee chairman Peter Jamieson. “British music is on a roll and we’re determined to make Feb. 15 a night to remember.”
Nominations for the awards will be unveiled today (Jan. 10) at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, west London, where Magic Numbers, K.T.Tunstall and Kaiser Chiefs will all play live. The nominations event will be screened tonight by ITV2 at 8pm GMT.
ITV1 will also broadcast four “BRITs Are Coming” programs in the lead-up to the awards, with further coverage on ITV2, which is available only through digital and cable platforms.