Rihanna to perform at the Brit Awards

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Rihanna has been confirmed as one of the performers at this year’s Brit Awards.

The singer released her eighth studio album, Anti, through Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal last week.

Rihanna has performed three times before at the Brits, in 2008, 2011 and 2012 and has won two awards, both in the international female solo artist category.

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Adele, James Bay and Years & Years are all nominated for four awards.

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Other performers at the ceremony, which takes place on 24 February at the O2 Arena in London, include Adele, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, James Bay, Little Mix, The Weeknd and Jess Glynne.

The show will be hosted by Ant and Dec and will be broadcast live on ITV.

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Laura Whitmore and radio presenters Rickie Haywood-Williams and Melvin Odoom will host the official after show party on ITV2.

A tribute will also be paid to David Bowie at the Brits, who died last month aged 69.

Meanwhile, Jack Garratt has already been awarded the Brits Critics’ Choice prize this year.

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The 24-year-old said he was “humbled” to get the honour, which is open only to new artists who’ll release their first album in 2016.

There’s been some criticism of the lack of diversity among the British nominees this year.

There are no black or Asian minority (BAME) acts up for awards apart from in the international male solo artist category.

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