BRIT Awards announce 2016 hosts and date.
The BRIT Awards with MasterCard, the biggest and most prestigious night in the UK music calendar, today announces the date of next year’s awards ceremony as Wednesday 24th February 2016. The show will once again take place at The O2, London and broadcast live on ITV.
Ant & Dec will return to host the show in 2016; the award-winning duo took over hosting duties this year, bringing their unique humour and presenting prowess to the evening’s entertainment.
Ant and Dec: “We're really excited to be invited back to host The BRIT Awards 2016. In all honesty we only intended to do it for one year but had such a good time we are thrilled to be doing it again. Both of us are looking forward to what will be an incredible night, and we can't wait to celebrate the achievements of British music once again.”
BRIT Awards Chairman Max Lousada: "We're delighted to welcome Ant and Dec back to host the BRITs next year. They played a huge role in the success of this year's event and we’re all looking forward to another great show in 2016."
Next year’s event will look to build on the huge accomplishments of the 2015 show, which took place on 25th February and saw over a million extra viewers year on year on ITV, plus celebrated its biggest digital show to date with a record breaking 7.8 million tweets globally on the night.
More than 24 million people watched BRITs content on the official YouTube channel, and music sales were exponentially boosted from the show, with the following week’s Top 5 Albums all by BRITs performers and winners including Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Royal Blood and Paloma Faith.
A tremendous £500k was raised for the War Child charity from all of the activity around the 2015 BRITs, including the charitable donation from Google Play who were this year’s official download and audio streaming partner and BRITs Week, which hosted a series of incredible live shows in the week leading up to the main event through a partnership between the BPI and AEG. During this week War Child hosted “Passport Back to the Bars” and their annual War Child BRIT Awards concert, which saw chart toppers Take That perform at the London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. This activity recently won the charity a National Fundraising Award.
With Max Lousada remaining Chairman and steering the BRITs Committee, and acclaimed stage designer Es Devlin returning to create yet another eye-catching stage set, 2016 will see The BRITs continue to evolve with the changes that have been implemented over the last few years to deliver another exciting chapter for what is the biggest and best celebration of British music.