23 February 2013
Recipients of the prestigious award received an exclusive Hirst-designed figure of Brittania at last night’s ceremony which was hosted by James Corden at London’s O2 arena. Winners included Emeli Sandé for British Female Solo Artist and Mastercard British Album of the Year, Coldplay for Live Act and Mumford & Sons for British Group at an evening which included performances from Muse, Justin Timberlake and One Direction amongst others. Damon Albarn picked up the Special Recognition Award 2013 on behalf of War Child, who provide life-changing support to vulnerable children whose lives have been torn apart by war.
It is the third year the BRITs – the UK music industry’s foremost annual awards – has invited one of Britain’s most prolific artistic figures to design the statue. Following in the footsteps of Sir Peter Blake (2011) and Dame Vivienne Westwood (2012), BRITs Chairman, David Joseph explained prior to the ceremony: “Damien is truly one of the most important British artists. His reimagining of the statue will make winning a 2013 BRIT an even more special proposition.” The spot paintings are amongst Hirst’s most iconic and recognisable series of works. Dating from 1988, the random and infinite series of coloured spots are unrepeated within a single work. The commission follows the inclusion of an 130 metre wide Hirst spin painting in the Olympics Closing Ceremony 2012.