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The Brit Awards, the music industry top awards in the U.K., added more top U.S. musicians with Katy Perry and now Bruno Mars set to perform in the February show.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mars is the latest addition, following Perry and Sheffield’s own Artic Monkeys who have had a troubled past with the show in the past.
The Independent noted Artic Monkeys snubbed the 2006 awards, in which they won for Breakthrough Artist. They dressed as the cast of Wizard of Oz in 2007 in a rude video message, and gave a sarcastic acceptance speech in person dressed as country squires in 2008. Now, given the opportunity to open the show with a live performance was too good for the band to pass up.
Chairman Christian Tattersfield stated that even though the 34-year-old event has grown with the modern age, it has been subject to criticism for being too dull. Even with that, the recent show had its highest viewership figures for the last decade.
This past year’s awards included U.S. artists Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake performing, and also had state-side artists Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey winning awards.
The Brit Awards in London will be held on Feb. 19.
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