The Brit Awards, one of Britain’s top music industry awards, doesn’t peahen until February 2014, but they have already announced two of the performers that will be taking the stage during the show.
Katy Perry and Sheffield’s own Arctic Monkeys have already been confirmed for the bill. For fans of the Arctic Monkeys this might come as a surprise because the band have not had a good relationship with the awards show in the past.
In 2006, they refused to attend even though they did proceed to win “Breakthrough Act.” In 2007, the band sent in a mocking video message with the members of the band dressed up as characters from The Wizard of Oz. In 2008, they did attend the award ceremony to accept their award in person, but dressed as country squires and made a really drunk “acceptance speech” even though they were given the award by Gandalf himself, Sir Ian McKellan; the video can be seen here.
Media outlets are reporting that the band have finally come to peace with the awards show after they came to terms with the fact that they have become one of the U.K.’s biggest band; you really can’t get bigger than headlining Glastonbury Festival or performing at the opening ceremonies of the London Summer Olympics last year.
As for Katy Perry, the American pop star said, It’s an honor to play at such a prestigious event where musicality shines at its brightest.”
While those in the United States might not privy to see the show since it is a British-based award show, those in the U.K. will be able to watch the show on ITV. Taking hosting duties once again will be Tony-award winning actor turned presenter and writer, James Corden. The organizers for the event have also reveal that this will be Corden’s fifth and last time taking over the hosting duties.