BRIT Awards "streamlined" for the 40th show in 2020 with less awards and more music performances

Artists will be given full creative control for their performances.

Huge changes have been announced for next year's BRIT Awards.

The 2020 BRITs will be the landmark 40th show in the ceremony's history, promising more music than ever before. The artists will be in control next year too - the BRIT Awards organisers are handing creative control over to the performers, "without imposing any creative limitations on their performances".

Hailing from London's O2 Arena on February 18, 2020 broadcast live on ITV, the 2020 BRITs will see a "streamlined" nine trophies given out. Viewer vote category British Artist Video of the Year has been scrapped, British Breakthrough Act is now known as Best New Artist, and British Single has been renamed Song of the Year and will now be chosen by the 2020 Official Voting Academy instead of the public.

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The BRITs Critics' Choice has been re-branded as the Rising Star Award with the winner taking to the stage on the night, while International Group has been removed entirely. 

The classic Lady Britannia BRIT statuette will also return after nearly a decade away, with famous designers re-imagining the trophy in recent years.

The 2020 BRIT Awards categories are:

Male Solo Artist
Female Solo Artist
Best Group
Best New Artist (previously British Breakthrough Act)
Rising Star (previously the Critics’ Choice Award)
Song Of The Year (previously British Single)
Mastercard Album Of The Year
International Male Solo Artist
International Female Solo Artist