Friday 14 December 2018

Hamilton joins Brits presenters

Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton has lapped up the chance to join stars such as Cheryl Cole and Kylie Minogue as a presenter at the Brit Awards.

The driver will swap the race track for album tracks as he takes to the stage at the O2 to join the UK's biggest music bash.

Also handing over prizes at the star-studded event will by Dermot O'Leary and Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon and John Taylor.

Among the acts hoping for glory will Tinie Tempah, Mumford And Sons, The xx and Plan B who lead the field in terms of nominations.

Also expected to do well are chart-toppers Take That who bounced back with their original line-up - with Robbie Williams back in the fold - in recent months.

Organisers are trying to revamp the awards this year with an Oscars-style focus which will see the event reach a crescendo with the best album prize.

Performers will include Rihanna, Arcade Fire and Take That, who are each plotting spectacular appearances, while rapper turned soul singer Plan B is said to be planning a flame-filled performance.

James Corden will host the event and he has already revealed he will be donating his fee to Comic Relief.

Tinie Tempah leads the pack as he vies for four nominations, with the 22-year-old south Londoner in the running for best British male, British breakthrough act, best single and best album. Plan B and Mumford And Sons each have three nominations, while Take That are up for two - best group and best album. Another act who make the shortlist three times are Mercury Prize-winners The xx.

Veteran rocker Robert Plant picked up his first Brits nomination in a career stretching back to the 60s, with a nod for best British male.

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