Katy Perry and Arctic Monkeys have been announced as the performers for the upcoming BRIT Awards. One of the biggest music events in the U.K., it is set to take place at London's O2 Arena on February 19, 2014.
It will mark Perry's first time to take the stage at the BRITs, even though the 29-year-old singer has received four BRIT nominations so far. "It's an honor to play at such a prestigious event where musicality shines at its brightest," she said of joining the line-up.
It will also be Arctic Monkey's first performance at the annual bash. The band, who has received 11 nominations and won four awards, has a bad history with the BRITs. Back in 2006, they refused to turn up at the event. A year later, they accepted an award via a video message, in which the members were dressing up as characters in "Wizard of Oz".
In 2008, the band attended the BRITs with its members dressed as country squires. They delivered a sarcastic acceptance speech.
"It took a lot of wining and dining on behalf of the BRITs but it was my absolute priority to get Arctic Monkeys to perform," BRITs chairman Christian Tattersfield admitted as cited by Independent. "It has been their year. It helps that the BRIT Awards is now seen as a credible event and is no longer the shambles it was four or five years ago."
The event will be hosted by James Corden, who has confirmed that he will end his hosting duties this year. "I'll miss not doing it after this one but fully intend to enjoy every second of BRITs 2014," he said.