Madonna to perform at 2015 Brit awards

Following months of controversy, the Queen of Pop will take to the stage on 25 February at the annual award ceremony

Madonna will perform at 2015’s Brits on 25 February, 20 years since she last took to the stage at the award ceremony. The pop star will stoke anticipation for her forthcoming 13th studio album, Rebel Heart, to be released on 9 March.

Announcing the news on Instagram, the singer posted an image of Tracey Emin’s Brit statuette with black wire across its face. It repeats the motif for her album campaign, which had caused controversy when she applied the same doctoring to the faces of Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela.

Brits chairman Max Lousada said that they were “delighted” to bring Madonna back to the awards. “She’s an icon, an innovator and, above all, an entertainer. Having her as part of the show will guarantee an unforgettable night of music.”

Madonna has won two Brits, the first in 2001 and the second in 2006, both for best international female. Her last appearance at the Brits was in 1995, when she performed Bedtime Stories while dressed in white and accompanied by a wind machine.

Also confirmed to perform at this year’s event are Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Paloma Faith, George Ezra, Royal Blood and Take That.

The Brit awards will be held at London’s O2 and will be broadcast live on ITV.


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