Coldplay to open Brit Awards with special performance

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SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 7: Chris Martin of Coldplay performs live on stage at Allianz Parque on November 7, 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mauricio Santana/Getty Images)
Chris Martin of Coldplay, seen here performing in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2017, will perform at the 2021 Brits (Mauricio Santana/Getty Images)

Coldplay will open the Brit Awards with a performance from a platform on the River Thames.

The award-winning band, fronted by Chris Martin, will play new single 'Higher Power' from a pontoon close to London’s O2 Arena, where the ceremony is taking place.

They join Arlo Parks, Dua Lipa, Griff, Headie One, Olivia Rodrigo and Rag’n’Bone Man and P!nk with the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Choir on the billing for the event.

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It will be Coldplay’s first TV performance in more than a year. They last played at the Brits in 2017 with dance music duo Chainsmokers, and before that in 2016.

Dua Lipa performs
Dua Lipa, seen here performing in 2019, will also play live at the 2021 Brits (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Coldplay also currently hold the title of being the most nominated group at the Brits, with 28 nominations in total and nine award wins.

There will be an audience of 4,000 people at this year’s event, hosted by Jack Whitehall, as part of the Government’s live events pilot scheme.

Lipa, Parks, Celeste, rap duo Young T & Bugsey and DJ and producer Joel Corry are all nominated three times.

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 1414A -- Pictured in this screengrab: Musical guest Arlo Parks performs on March 1, 2021 -- (Photo By: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Arlo Parks, performing here on Jimmy Fallon, will also play the Brits (NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images)

Jessie Ware, dance music duo Bicep and rappers AJ Tracey, J Hus and Headie One all scored two nominations apiece.

The Brit Awards will take place on 11 May at the O2 Arena in London.

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