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Damien Hirst to design next year's Brit Award

Artist Damien Hirst in front of his work I Am Become Death, Shatterer of Worlds Photo: PA Wire

Damien Hirst, famous for his works of art featuring a rotting cow's head, dead flies and sharks in formaldehyde, is designing next year's Brit Awards.

Hirst follows in the footsteps of Sir Peter Blake and fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood as a designer of the statuette handed out to winners at the annual music awards.

Jessie J holding last year's Brit Awards statue, designed by Dame Vivienne Westwood Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Brits Chairman David Joseph said he was "delighted" that Hirst had agreed to "re-imagine" the award.

"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", he added.

It's also been announced that funnyman James Corden will once again host the Brits - marking his third year in a row.

James Corden will host next year's Brit Awards - his third in a row Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Last year Corden faced criticism after cutting award winner Adele's moment in the spotlight short when the ITV1 show ran out of time.

The singer responded by gesturing with one finger at what she described as "the suits" that made the order.

The Brits will take place at London's O2 Arena on February 20.