The Canadian singer, 31, will follow in Coldplay’s footsteps by doing a remote, pre-recorded performance outside of London‘s O2 Arena, and is said to be ‘pulling out all the stops’ for the number.
The singer, real-name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, is currently boycotting the Grammys by withholding his music from consideration for the honours after a controversial response to his being shut out from this year’s ceremony.
Exciting: The Weeknd has joined the line-up at the Brit Awards 2021 and will dazzle fans with a pre-recorded performance, it was confirmed on Wednesday
The Weeknd joins Arlo Parks, Coldplay, Dua Lipa, Griff, Headie One, Olivia Rodrigo and Rag’n’Bone Man & P!nk with the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Choir on the star-studded line-up.
Speaking to The Sun on Tuesday, a source said of his Brits appearance: ‘Having Abel sign up to perform at The Brits is a huge coup for the organisers.
‘He last performed at the ceremony in 2016 when his career was just starting to take off so to welcome him back feels very special.
‘Just like Coldplay, who recorded their opening performance away from London’s O2 Arena, Abel will be doing the same.’
Show: The Weeknd will follow in Coldplay’s footsteps by doing a remote, pre-recorded performance outside of London’s O2 Arena (pictured at the Grammys in 2016)
MailOnline contacted The Weeknd’s representatives for further comment at the time.
A source told MailOnline: ‘Coldplay have been planning this performance for months.
‘They wanted nothing more than to return with new music at The BRIT Awards but due to coronavirus – and the risk of bad weather – some parts of the ceremony have been pre-recorded.’
Performance: Coldplay will open The BRIT Awards 2021 with a performance filmed on the Thames (Chris Martin pictured in 2017)
The BRIT Awards will be the first time Coldplay perform their new single that is taken from their upcoming album Music Of The Spheres.
On Monday, The Weeknd spoke with Variety about the Grammys’ recent rule change by the Recording Academy that eliminates the secret nomination-review committees that played a major role in his snubs.
He said: ‘The trust has been broken for so long between the Grammy organization and artists that it would be unwise to raise a victory flag.’
After releasing one of the biggest albums and the most-streamed single of 2020, the Blinding Lights performer was entirely ignored by the Grammys when the nominations were announced in November.
Snubbed: After releasing one of the biggest albums and the most-streamed single of 2020, the Blinding Lights performer was entirely ignored by the Grammys when the nominations were announced in November
The very messy dispute that followed included the star alleging corruption within the Grammys’ nomination process and vowing to boycott the award show.
Now he revealed he isn’t planning on changing his stance despite the latest changes announced by the Recording Academy on Friday, which he admitted is ‘an important start.’
He told the publication: ‘I think the industry and public alike need to see the transparent system truly at play for the win to be celebrated, but it’s an important start.
Response: The very messy dispute that followed included the star alleging corruption within the Grammys’ nomination process and vowing to boycott the award show (pictured in 2019)
‘I remain uninterested in being a part of the Grammys, especially with their own admission of corruption for all these decades. I will not be submitting in the future.’
The Recording Academy did not provide a stated ‘admission of corruption’ regarding the rule change, and interim Grammy chief Harvey Mason Jr told Variety on Friday that he had been working to eliminate the committees long before this incident.
He declined to speculate whether or not the decision was influenced at all by the Weeknd controversy, but did say they are committed to making improvements.
Ahead of the Grammys broadcast in March, the acclaimed musician released a statement to The New York Times: ‘Because of the secret committees. I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys.’
At the time, Mason told Variety in response: ‘Some of it was [decided by] the [‘secret’] nominating committees and some was the voting body, because some of the awards he was eligible for did not have nominating committees, so it was a combination of both.
‘But again, it’s unfortunate, we never like to see somebody as talented as the Weeknd get left out or feel left out. It’s not something any of us are happy about.’
Transparency: Now he revealed he isn’t planning on changing his stance despite the latest changes: ‘I think the industry and public alike need to see the transparent system truly at play for the win to be celebrated, but it’s an important start’ (photographed in 2016)
Source: Daily Mail