James Corden confirmed as 2014 Brit Awards host for final time

James Corden has been confirmed as host of the 2014 Brit Awards – but it will be his last event as presenter.

The star will return for the fifth time when he fronts the show on February 19, making him the longest serving presenter of the annual event.

The show – to be staged at the O2 Arena in London – will feature appearances by acts such as Arctic Monkeys and Katy Perry.

The Wrong Mans star Corden has presented the event on three previous occasions on his own, and in 2009 he hosted the music bash with Mathew Horne and Kylie Minogue.

He said: “I really love the Brits. I’m such a fan. I’ll miss not doing it after this one but fully intend to enjoy every second of Brits 2014.”

Arctic Monkeys were nominated for the Mercury Prize for a third time for their fifth album AM – which topped the charts shortly after its release – and were among the headliners of Glastonbury Festival in the summer.

Perry, who won a Brit in 2009 for best international female and has been shortlisted for three others, said: “The Brits has always showcased the music that I love and am influenced by. It’s an honour to play at such a prestigious event where musicality shines at its brightest.”

The event – officially called the Brit Awards with Mastercard – will be screened by ITV after the broadcaster renewed its deal for another three years.

Brits chairman Christian Tattersfield said: “We are extremely ambitious for the 2014 show, showcasing global superstars and celebrating the incredible success of British music. We are going to pull out all the stops to make this the biggest and most exciting Brits ever.”

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