Hugh Jackman to open 2019 BRITs with The Greatest Show

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Hugh Jackman will open the 2019 BRITs with a performance from The Greatest Showman, it's been confirmed.

Although not nominated for any awards, the film's soundtrack is the biggest seller of the past 12 months.

To date, the record has spent 28 non-consecutive weeks at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart.

BRITs Chairman and Chairman & CEO of Sony Music UK and Ireland Jason lley said: “We are delighted to welcome the Golden Globe and Tony Award winning superstar Hugh Jackman to the BRITs stage this month with a performance that is set to be nothing short of spectacular.

"The Greatest Showman soundtrack dominated the charts in 2018 breaking records all over the world as well as here in the UK.

"It’s only fitting that the UK's biggest celebration of musical successes should be kicked off with a performance from the biggest selling album in the UK of the last year.”

It follows news that global pop icon P!NK will close this year's ceremony after being honoured with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Music Award. P!NK will be the first international artist to receive this award.

BRITs boss Jason Iley commented: “P!NK is a trailblazer, a phenomenally talented singer and songwriter, and truly one of the greatest artists of our time. It is a real pleasure to honour her at this year’s BRIT Awards with the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award.

"With her remarkable career spanning nearly 20 years, P!NK is one of the most successful artists in the world, consistently releasing multi-million-selling albums and selling out tours all over the globe. I am really excited to welcome her back to The BRITs and to recognise her prodigious success.”

Also performing on the BRITs 2019 will be Calvin Harris with Dua Lipa, Sam Smith and Rag’n’Bone Man, Jess Glynne with H.E.R., The 1975, George Ezra, Little Mix with Ms Banks and Jorja Smith.

The BRIT Awards 2019 with Mastercard take place Wednesday 20th February at The O2 Arena, London, broadcast exclusively on ITV and hosted by Jack Whitehall. Clara Amfo and Alice Levine will be back to host this year’s Red Carpet show on ITV2 on the night of the awards for the third year running.

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