Dermot O'Leary and Emma Willis replace Michael Bublé as BRIT Awards hosts
Dermot O'Leary and Emma Willis have been announced as the new hosts of the BRIT Awards.
The pair replace Michael Bublé as the host of the show, Bublé was due to take over from Ant and Dec as the host of the ceremony, which takes place on February 22nd at London's O2 Arena, but pulled out of duties to care for his eldest son Noah, who is battling liver cancer.
Speaking about the gig, O'Leary said: "Firstly, my immediate thoughts and prayers are with Michael and his family at such a difficult time. Michael is an effortless showman, so those patent shoes will not be easy to fill, but it's an honour to be asked to step in with Emma to host the BRITs. The BRITs is an iconic show that I've watched and attended many times. It's a holy grail for a broadcaster, and I'm really looking forward to working with Emma, who I'm a big fan of, and celebrating a brilliant year of British music.”
Willis added: "Every part of me sends so much love and all the well wishes in the world to Michael and his family at such a difficult time. I'm a huge fan of his and I would have relished watching him present the BRITs. I know everyone involved wants to make the best show possible and I hope we do him proud. I had an awesome time presenting the nominations show this year and I am delighted to be asked back for the main event. To present the BRITs is an honour but to be doing it alongside one of my absolute favourites, Mr Dermot O'Leary is just bonkers. Bring on the BRITs 2017."
Nominations for the BRIT Awards were revealed earlier this month.
Skepta and Little Mix are the most nominated acts with three each. Skepta is up for Best British Male where he faces off against Bowie, Kano, Michael Kiwanuka and Craig David, while he's also up for Best British Breakthrough Act where he'll do battle with Blossoms, Rag'n'Bone Man, fellow rapper Stormzy and singer Anne-Marie.
The rapper is also up for Best British Album where he will face competition from The 1975, Bowie, Kano and Michael Kiwanuka.
Little Mix are nominated for Best British Group, an award that sees them up against Radiohead, Biffy Clyro, The 1975 and Bastille, they are also one of 10 nominees for Best British Single and Best British Video.
Emeli Sande and Ellie Goulding will start as favourites for Best British Female where they are up against NAO, Lianne La Havas and Anohni, while Coldplay, James Arthur, Jonas Blue and Zayn will all be in contention for both Best British Single and Best British Video.
In the international categories there are two nominations for Drake. He is up for Best International Male alongside Bon Iver, Bruno Mars, Leonard Cohen and The Weekend, and he is also nominated for Best International Group for his collaboration with Future, a category where they face off against Twenty One Pilots, Kings Of Leon, A Tribe Called Quest and Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds.
Beyonce and Rihanna get their solitary nods in the Best International Female category where they face competition from Sia, Beyonce's sister Solange and Christine And The Queens. Robbie Williams is already confirmed to pick up the 2017 Icon Award at the awards while Rag'n'Bone Man has already clinched the Critics' Choice Awards.