THE Brit Awards honour the best of British music, but this year they will be celebrating someone from much further afield.
I can reveal American singer Pink will be the first international recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Contribution To Music award, in recognition of her chart-topping success over nearly two decades.
American singer Pink will be the first international recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Contribution To Music award at the Brits[/caption]
Pink’s win means she will have achieved what even legends including Madonna, Tina Turner and Bruce Springsteen have failed to do.
She’s also the first ever female solo artist to scoop the gong.
Pink, who was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in Los Angeles on Tuesday, will fly in for the ceremony on February 20.
And while she’s here, she will deliver a show-stopping performance at the bash at London’s O2 Arena.
Pink – pictured with her family as she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in Los Angeles on Tuesday – will fly in for the ceremony on February 20[/caption]
The star is being given the prestigious award in recognition of her chart-topping success over nearly two decades[/caption]
A Brits insider said: “Pink has had a truly incredible career and she hasn’t performed at the Brits in more than 15 years so it’s a massive coup that she is flying in for the occasion. When we told her we would be giving her the award, she was over the moon and agreed to sing at the ceremony.”
It’s good timing for the singer, who is due to release new single Walk Me Home in the next fortnight — the first from her eighth album Hurts To Be Human, which is out in April.
Then in June she will be back on British soil with her Beautiful Trauma world tour.
Speaking about her achievement, Pink said: “I am so honoured to be recognised with the Outstanding Contribution To Music award at the Brits. Since the start of my career, British fans have been some of the most fierce and loyal in the world. I am humbled to receive this honour.”
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Dua Lipa looked sensational in a gold, floor-length sequined gown at Tuesday’s Los Angeles premiere of Alita: Battle Angel[/caption]
DUA LIPA clearly has high hopes for the song she recorded for action film Alita: Battle Angel – because she dressed up as an Oscar for the movie premiere.
The singer looked sensational in a gold, floor-length sequined gown at Tuesday’s Los Angeles bash, blowing kisses to fans when she arrived.
Her new tune Swan Song features in the soundtrack for the film, which was released in cinemas yesterday.
Dua will be staying in Hollywood to perform at Sunday’s Grammy Awards, where she is nominated for Best New Artist.
THE Foo Fighters are to give kids across England the chance to learn their hits at free one-day schools of rock. Frontman Dave Grohl is teaming up with Rocksteady Music School bosses to offer 30-minute classes.
Jennifer’s finally weddy
Jennifer Lawrence has confirmed she is engaged to her art dealer boyfriend Cooke Maroney after less than a year together[/caption]
BAD news single men – Jennifer Lawrence is now a taken woman.
The Oscar-winning actress has confirmed she is engaged to her art dealer boyfriend Cooke Maroney after less than a year together.
And Jen has got herself a massive engagement ring, which she was wearing on Saturday while enjoying a celebratory dinner with her husband-to-be at a posh French restaurant in New York.
Jen’s engagement comes just three years after she admitted she did not think she would ever get hitched. She said: “I don’t really plan on getting married. I might. I definitely want to be a mother. I don’t really imagine getting married any more. I don’t feel like I need anything to complete me.”
But Jen has clearly had a change of heart after a string of failed A-list romances. She previously enjoyed a short-lived relationship with Coldplay’s Chris Martin and dated The Favourite actor Nicholas Hoult for five years until 2014.
While it’s unlikely any exes will be invited, I’ll be surprised if Emma Stone and Amy Schumer aren’t part of the star-studded bridal party.
THE CLUE'S IN THE NAME FOR THE VACCINES
THE VACCINES should really live up to their name and take better care of themselves.
Frontman Justin Hayward-Young has revealed their drummer Yoann Intonti almost died on tour last summer after relentless partying led to him contracting meningitis. In an exclusive chat, he said: “We toured Europe with Imagine Dragons in the summer and Yoann went a little too hard, too many days in a row, and ended up with viral meningitis and was knocking on death’s door.
“Somehow he still managed to play every show. He was wheezing as if he was about to take his dying breath. It’s quite scary because then we started googling viral meningitis and it’s pretty f***ing serious.”
The whole band will be back on stage tomorrow and Saturday for concerts at London’s Roundhouse.
Going straight to bed afterwards may be wiser for Yoann.
No go-slow for Sam
Sam has revealed he is already hard at work on his third album and doesn’t want to take time off[/caption]
THERE wasn’t much of a break between Sam Smith’s 2017 album The Thrill Of It All and his recent hits Promises and Dancing With A Stranger – but he won’t be slowing down any time soon.
Sam has revealed he is already hard at work on his third album and doesn’t want to take time off. Speaking on Will Young’s podcast Homo Sapiens, he said: “I’m writing a lot. Right now I’m in beast mode, I want to be like Rihanna.
“I don’t want to take any breaks, I just want to f***ing go for it.
“I think it’s going to mess my head up – four years down the line I’ll be like, ‘I have no life’.”
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Ashley James is going hell for leather in this sexy selfie[/caption]
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BECK has teamed up with Swedish singer ROBYN and comedy trio THE LONELY ISLAND for one of the most unlikely collaborations going. They released their song Super Cool last night, with it also featuring on the closing credits of The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, which will hit UK cinemas tomorrow.
HE shocked fans by shaving off his trademark locks but the inspiration behind JOHN TRAVOLTA’s new bald look is even more jaw- dropping. It turns out PITBULL has been inundating the Grease actor with selfies and has been encouraging him to shave it all off. John said: “He’s one of my inspirations for sure.”
TELLY personality and would-be rollercoaster tycoon TYRA BANKS has announced she is opening her own theme park based on being a model. She is in early stages of talks about the project, which has been dubbed Modelland. Tyra said: “I am being very deliberate to make sure this is something families can come to.”
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