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Brit Awards 2014: Philip Treacy designs trophy

Philip Treacy's Brit Awards statue Image copyright Press release
Image caption The design was inspired by punk, Treacy said

Hat designer Philip Treacy is creating the winners' trophy for next year's Brit Awards, organisers have announced.

Treacy has made memorable headwear for music stars including Lady Gaga, Madonna and Grace Jones.

He said his inspiration for the 2014 trophy "comes from a uniquely British genre of music: Punk".

The music awards ceremony, which will feature James Corden as presenter for the final time, takes place at London's O2 Arena on 19 February.

Treacy already has a link with the Brits, creating the headpiece and mask that Lady Gaga wore for her tribute performance to fashion designer Alexander McQueen at the 2010 ceremony, following his suicide.

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Image caption Lady Gaga wore a Treacy creation at the 2010 Brits

He said: "Music has always been my inspiration and I'm fortunate to have worked with some of the music industry's greatest artists."

Treacy also designed a number of the hats on show at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, including one worn by Princess Beatrice which was widely mocked by fashion critics and the press.

Brits chairman Christian Tattersfield said the renowned milliner had produced "something so unique and special", following a recent trend of famous names from the world of arts putting their own stamp on the trophy.

Sir Peter Blake, Dame Vivienne Westwood and Damien Hirst have added their unique flair to recent statuettes, with Hirst adding a series of multi-coloured polka dots to last year's gongs.

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Image caption Treacy, whose design is shown on the left, has created headwear for musicians including Grace Jones

Actor Corden is hosting the ceremony for the fifth and final time, making him the longest-serving presenter in the history of the event.

"I'll miss not doing it after this one but fully intend to enjoy every second of Brits 2014," he said.

Arctic Monkeys and Katy Perry have also been announced as the first acts due to perform at the show next year.

Despite winning five Brits, the Arctic Monkeys have never performed at the ceremony before.

They refused to attend the 2006 show, when they won the Breakthrough act, and accepted their 2007 award for best album in a video message, wearing fancy dress.

But the group, whose number one album AM has already topped several critics' end-of-year polls, have now agreed to open the 2014 ceremony.

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