Damien Hirst’s BRIT Award statue to be handed out at tonight’s ceremony
Those tuning in to the annual BRIT Awards tonight will no doubt spot the trophy statues which have been designed by North Devon-based artist Damien Hirst.
The controversial artist, who lives in Combe Martin, redesigned the prized award ahead of tonight’s ceremony.
He put his own stamp on the statue, adding the multi-coloured dots which he has used in many of his well-known artworks. His spots have been applied to numerous canvases and even a car over the years.
He follows Dame Vivienne Westwood and Sir Peter Blake in giving the statuette a makeover, and said he had been “honoured” to be asked.
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On designing the statue, he said: "I am honoured to be asked to design this year's statue, it has become such an iconic award, I love the BRITs."
Brits chairman David Joseph said: “Damien is truly one of the most important British artists and his reimagining of the statue will make winning a 2013 Brits an even more special proposition.”
Devon singer-songwriter Ben Howard is nominated for two awards tonight. He will be hoping to bag the Best British Male Solo Artist award and the British Breakthrough Act award.
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