Blur to receive 2012 BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution

Blur are to receive the 2012 BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music at the ceremony held at The O2 in London on February 21st.

Commenting on the award, Damon Albarn said "it's great to have recognition for all the work and all the heartache and all the joy that’s gone into this band". Graham Coxon added that "being in a band this long is like a kind of time travel. We’re the same gang we ever were, we’ve just landed in a different era. Or possibly we’re a totally different Blur still playing the old tunes in 1991… forever. I haven’t decided. But it’s always nice to get a BRIT Award."

All the winners on the night will receive a one-off BRIT statue, designed by Sir Peter Blake, which you can see below.

The BRITs 2012 nominations launch event will be held at The Savoy Hotel in London on January 12th from 5pm. Tickets for the BRIT Awards 2012 at The O2 on February 21st are on sale now. The ceremony will be broadcast live on ITV1.

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