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Kylie Minogue to be named global icon at Brit Awards

Kylie Minogue is set to receive the global icon prize at this year’s Brit Awards, organisers have revealed.

The multimillion-selling star, who had viral success with Padam Padam after reinventing herself once again in 2023, is being recognised as a “pop phenomenon” and “one of the world’s most successful and iconic music stars”, thanks to a career spanning five decades.

Minogue, who is also nominated for international artist of the year, will perform at the ceremony next month, joining the previously announced Dua Lipa and Raye.

Raye. Pic: Callum Walker Hutchinson/Brit Awards
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Raye has a record seven nominations. Pic: Callum Walker Hutchinson/Brit Awards

She follows stars including Sir Elton John, David Bowie and Taylor Swift, who have all been named icons at the Brit Awards in recent years.

“I am beyond thrilled to be honoured with the global icon award and to be joining a roll call of such incredible artists,” Minogue said in a statement. “The UK has always been a home from home so the Brits have a very special place in my heart.”

The star, who is a three-time Brits winner, said she had “amazing memories from the awards over the years” and “can’t wait to be back on the Brits stage”.

Kylie’s history at the Brits

Kylie Minogue will receive the Brits global icon award this year. Pic: Erik Melvin/Brit Awards
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Padam Padam: We hear it and we know – Kylie Minogue is a Brits icon. Pic: Erik Melvin/Brit Awards

Minogue has been involved in some of the Brits’ most memorable performances over the years, including her Blue Monday mash-up of Can’t Get You Out Of My Head in 2002 and her duet with Justin Timberlake the following year.

She also performed her hit Wow in 2008.

The star returned to the charts last year with the hit single Padam Padam and clinched her ninth UK number one album with Tension.

Earlier this month, she picked up her second Grammy, for best pop recording, for Padam Padam.

Listing the star’s achievements, Brits organisers said: “Kylie’s glittering 30-plus year career has seen her amass sales of over 80m records worldwide, 5bn streams and 9 UK number one albums. Her multiple awards include three Brit awards, 18 ARIA Awards, two MTV Awards and two Grammy Awards.

“Kylie is the only female artist to score a number one album in five consecutive decades in the UK… in the UK alone, Kylie has achieved seven UK number one singles, and nine UK number one albums.”

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This year’s Brits shortlist is led by Raye, who has a record seven nominations including best new artist, artist of the year, album of the year for her debut record, My 21st Century Blues, and two entries in the song of the year category.

Central Cee and J Hus follow with four nominations each, while Blur, Calvin Harris, Dave, Little Simz, Olivia Dean, Young Fathers and four-time winner Dua Lipa are all up for three awards.

The winners of the genre awards for pop, dance, alternative/ rock, R&B, and hip-hop/ grime/ rap, will be determined by a public vote, which closes on Thursday.

This year’s ceremony takes place at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday 2 March, hosted by Clara Amfo, Maya Jama and Roman Kemp.

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