The Weeknd joins Coldplay on line-up for 2021 Brit Awards

Lizzie Edmonds
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<p>The Weeknd is to perform at the Brits</p> (AFP)

The Weeknd is to perform at the Brits

(AFP)

The Weeknd is to perform at the 2021 Brit Awards - joining Coldplay and Dua Lipa on the line up.

The star’s latest album After Hours went No. 1 in more than 26 countries last year with single Blinding Lights spending eight weeks on top of the Official Singles Chart, making it the biggest single of 2020.

On Tuesday, it was confirmed that Coldplay will open the Brit Awards with a performance from a platform on the River Thames.

The award-winning band, fronted by Chris Martin, will play new single Higher Power from a pontoon close to London’s O2 Arena, where the ceremony is taking place.

They join Arlo Parks, Dua Lipa, Griff, Headie One, Olivia Rodrigo and Rag’n’Bone Man and P!nk with the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Choir on the billing for the event.

It will be Coldplay’s first TV performance in more than a year. They last played at the Brits in 2017 with dance music duo Chainsmokers, and before that in 2016.

Coldplay also currently hold the title of being the most nominated group at the Brits, with 28 nominations in total and nine award wins.

There will be an audience of 4,000 people at this year’s event, hosted by Jack Whitehall, as part of the Government’s live events pilot scheme.

Organisers are gifting 2,500 tickets for the awards ceremony to key workers from the Greater London area.

Coldplay at the NME AwardsPA
Coldplay at the NME AwardsPA

Comedian Whitehall said he is “very excited” about hosting this year’s ceremony, adding: “It’ll be a significant moment – back in a room with music and songs.

“We’re putting on a show with key workers in the audience, people who most deserve a night to let their hair down.

“It will be very special – we will have heroes in the room.”

Whitehall said he is “back on the Hollywood diet” in the run-up to next month’s ceremony.

“I’m going full Bloom – Orlando Bloom – in preparation of being back on stage,” he said.

“It’ll have to be brain oil and new oats, whatever it is you need to get that Hollywood physique.

“There will be training sessions and Peloton rides to be camera ready.”

Lipa, Parks, Celeste, rap duo Young T & Bugsey and DJ and producer Joel Corry are all nominated three times.

Jessie Ware, dance music duo Bicep and rappers AJ Tracey, J Hus and Headie One all scored two nominations apiece.

The Brit Awards will take place on May 11 at the O2 Arena in London.

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