BRITs 2013: Damien Hirst's dotty statue unveiled , Jessie Ware and Tom Odell prepare to perform at nominations

Damien Hirst's exclusive statue for the Brit Awards 2013 has been unveiled for the first time today - and we LOVE it!

The brand new Damian Hirst BRIT Award design has been unveiled. Copyright [Rex]

The legendary artist is the latest famous face to put his mark on the famous BRIT Awards gong.

And in true Damien Hirst style, he has covered the statue in his iconic multi-coloured dots, reminiscent of his famous spotty paintings.

We want one for our mantlepiece!

The legend said: "I am honoured to be asked to design this year's statue, it has become such an iconic award, I love the BRITs."

The BRIT Award statues have been designed by different figures from the worlds of art and fashion since 2011, with the first created by Dame Vivienne Westwood and last year's designed by pop artist Sir Peter Blake.

Nominations for the BRIT Awards 2013 will take place tonight in London and omg! will be there on the red carpet to bring you all the gossip as it happens.

The first award, the BRITS Critic's Choice Award will be handed over from last year's winner, Emeli Sande, to this year's, Tom Odell.

Speaking about his love of music, Tom told the Daily Star newspaper: "I've loved performing since I was four. There's family footage of me dancing around to some cheesy rubbish like Boyzone when I was a little kid.

"I clearly remember aged five seeing a group at Chichester's bandstand and being completely engrossed.

"Even at five, I thought: 'I want to do something with music.' It sends me into a trance. I've always been obsessed by it."

Tom will take to the stage tonight to perform a song, as will hot new singer Jessie Ware.

Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw is hosting proceedings, with comedian James Corden presenting on the actual awards night which takes place on Wednesday February 20.


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