The organiser of The BRITS has revealed a raft of changes ahead of the award ceremonies 40th anniversary.

The changes include, a reduction in the number of awards on the night to nine, and letting artists fully take the reins” in terms of their own performances.

The winners of The BRITS will be decided by the 2020 Official Voting Academy. The academy is made up of approximately 1,200 music industry experts throughout the UK including artists, retailers, promoters, agents, publishers, labels, producers and media.

The awards include:

•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

Speaking about the 2020 changes, chairman of The BRITs Committee for 2020 and Chairman and CEO of Universal Music UK, David Joseph said: “We have had a fresh look at the BRIT Awards this year. Most importantly we will be putting creativity, British culture and exceptional performances at the heart of the show to make BRITs night a world class celebration. The awards should be a global platform for the artists of the year to create moments that live beyond the night itself. We are looking at everything to put on the best possible show.”

Chief executive, BPI and BRIT Awards, Geoff Taylor added: “It’s always exciting to launch the next BRITs campaign, but it’s extra special to be announcing the 40th edition of the awards show. The BRITs Committee will endeavour to make the 2020 BRITs a truly landmark event, highlighting not only another remarkable 12 months in the British music year to a growing global audience, but also paying tribute to many unforgettable BRITs moments that are now part of a rich and much loved heritage.”

On February 18, 2020, The BRITS will take place at London’s O2 Arena and be broadcast live on ITV.