James Corden set to present 2011 Brit awards

Gavin and Stacey star James Corden is set to present this year’s Brit awards on 15 February, organisers have announced.

The comedian co-hosted the ceremony with his Gavin and Stacey sidekick Matthew Horne, along with Kylie Minogue in 2009.

It is rumoured that Justin Timberlake was offered the position, but turned it down.

Corden has signed a three year deal with the organisers, saying he hopes he can improve on previous years’ front man Peter Kay.

He said “it definitely works better with one host. It’s the job I want! After watching Peter Kay I’m sure I could do better. Bring it on! Peter was good but he could have been even more enthusiastic.”

The venue of the ceremony has changed; it will take place at London’s O2 Arena for the first time since its launch 30 years ago.

Corden said “I have always loved the Brits and I am honoured to have been asked to host such a prestigious event.”

The show will feature many famous acts, including Tinie Tempah, Ellie Goulding and Plan B.

Take That will also perform together for the first time in 16 years at the Brits.

Another change has emerged this year with the transformation of the iconic Brit award. Designer Dame Vivienne Westwood has been invited to create a new version of the statue for this year’s event.

Nominees for the awards will be announced later, with a special nominations show set to appear on ITV2 on Friday.