The Weeknd was responsible for 2020’s best-selling single, Blinding Lights (Picture: Steven Ferdman/WireImage)
The Canadian singer, real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, will film a remote special performance to air during next week’s televised ceremony on May 11.
The global star, who had the biggest selling single of 2020 with Blinding Lights, last performed at the UK’s biggest music awards in 2016, so British fans will be glad to see him back.
The Weeknd will be joining a performing line-up that includes Olivia Rodrigo, Dua Lipa, Rag’n’Bone Man & P!nk with the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Choir, and Coldplay, who are performing on a pontoon on the River Thames.
The Brit Awards will be hosting an audience of 4,000 guests – including 2,500 key workers – at London’s O2 as part of government-led research into getting large-scale events back up and running.
Although the audience won’t have to wear masks or socially distance, they will have to have proof of a negative lateral flow test and will be asked to take a test after the event for research and NHS Test and Trace purposes.
The Weeknd has called out the Grammy Awards (Picture: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Harper’s BAZAAR)
This year’s Brit Award winners will receive not one but two trophies this year, as part of a special collaboration between artists Es Devlin OBE and Yinka Ilori MBE, which aims to encourage the recipient to give the smaller trophy to someone special in their life.
Comic Jack Whitehall will host the event for the fourth consecutive year.
The Weeknd, who is up for international male solo artist for the third time at the Brits, is currently embroiled in a bitter dispute with the Recording Academy over the Grammy Awards and what he claims is ‘their own admission of corruption’.
Although the Recording Academy has since announced changes to the awards process, including the elimination of controversial ‘secret’ nominating committees, the singer, 31, has said he will ‘not be submitting in the future’ but recognised the change as an important beginning.