Damien Hirst to design the statue for 2013 BRIT Awards

One of Britain’s most famous artists, Damien Hirst, will design the statue for next year’s BRIT Awards.

The BRITs introduced a “blank canvas” approach to the trophy in 2011, and has since seen the statue designed by both designer Vivienne Westwood and Sgt. Pepper’s artist Sir Peter Blake.

The news comes shortly after the close of Hirst’s exhibition at London’s Tate Modern; BRITs chairman David Joseph [via NME] describes himself as “delighted that Damien will become the third extraordinary creative Briton to reimagine the BRIT statue. He is truly one of the most important British artists ever and his unique vision will make winning a 2013 BRIT an even more special proposition.”

The BRITS takes place on Wednesday February 20, and will be hosted by James Corden for the third consecutive year.

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