Pharrell Williams joins Brit Awards performance line-up


Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams will perform at the Brit Awards next month, organisers have announced.

Acts already confirmed for the ceremony include Arctic Monkeys, Katy Perry and Bastille.

"I'm so humbled by this opportunity - performing at the awards will be surreal," said the 40-year-old.

Pharrell is number one in the Official Singles Chart with his track Happy, which has already sold more than half a million copies.

He has also been nominated for an Oscar for the track, which he wrote for the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack.

Daft Punk and Pharrell
Image caption Pharrell Williams appeared with Daft Punk at last year's MTV Awards in the US

The musician was also involved in two of the biggest-selling singles of 2013 - Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines and Get Lucky by Daft Punk.

This year's Brit Awards will take place at The O2 in London on 19 February.

Bruno Mars, Rudimental and Ellie Goulding are also set to take to the stage at the ceremony, which celebrates "the biggest achievements in music in 2013".

Bastille and Disclosure lead the nominations this year, with four each, while Ellie Goulding and Rudimental have three.

The nominations were revealed by BBC Radio 1 breakfast show host Nick Grimshaw at a launch show in central London earlier this month.

Sam Smith

Sam Smith was handed the Critic's Choice award at the event.

The prize is given each year to a promising up-and-coming artist.

"I get the privilege of going there and already winning," said Smith.

"So I get to drink and get drunk. That's the main plan."

This year the trophies have been designed by Philip Treacy.

Comedian James Corden will host the ceremony for the third and final time.

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