Mike Bedigan, PA Los Angeles Correspondent
Global superstar Harry Styles has joined the line-up of performers for the 2023 Brit Awards, organisers have confirmed.
The former One Direction star will share the bill with previously announced artists Sam Smith, Kim Petras and rock duo Wet Leg.
Both Styles and Wet Leg lead the nominations at this year’s Brits, both having secured four each.
Styles capped off a successful 12 months by earning nods for album of the year for Harry’s House, song of the year for As It Was, artist of the year and best pop/R&B act.
Following its release in May last year Harry’s House debuted at No 1 on the UK album charts, US Billboard 200 and over 12 countries around the world.
It has remained in the UK Top Ten Album Chart since release.
In July, he was nominated for the Mercury Prize, a rarity among pop acts, and also further forged his acting career with roles in the films My Policeman and Don’t Worry Darling.
Since launching his solo career, Styles has gained numerous prestigious accolades including two Brit awards, a Grammy, and an Ivor Novello Award among many others.
At this year’s Grammys he is nominated in six categories including album of the year, record of the year and song of the year.
He is also the first man to appear solo on the cover of Vogue Magazine.
Since beginning his Love On Tour shows in the US in September 2021 he has played to a combined audience of more than two million people.
The tour is set to continue worldwide this summer, arriving in Europe in May supported by Wet Leg – with a string of UK dates starting on June 11th.
The Isle of Wight duo, comprised of Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers, are also nominated for album of the year for their chart-topping self-titled debut, which won plaudits for its sardonic lyrics and angular riffs.
They also received nods for group of the year, best new artist and best alternative rock act, as the awards entered a second year with gender-neutral categories.
— Wet Leg (@wetlegband) January 12, 2023
Last year, when the awards went gender-neutral for the first time, 18 female artists or all-women groups were nominated – the most in a decade. This year it was 20.
Elsewhere at the 2023 nominations, grime star Stormzy, The 1975, newcomer Cat Burns and dance music DJ Fred again.. all scored three nominations.
Artists including George Ezra, Arctic Monkeys, Nova Twins, Aitch and Dave claimed two.
Debut nominations went to K-pop girl group Blackpink, Eurovision star Sam Ryder, Kentucky rapper Jack Harlow and British grime and hip hop artist Kojey Radical.
Ryder, who came second at the Eurovision Song Contest this year before climbing to number one with his debut album, was among the nominees for best new artist.
In the international artist of the year category three of America’s biggest female acts – Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Lizzo – will battle it out for the prize.
This year four genre categories will be decided by the public via a vote on TikTok – alternative rock act, hip hop/rap/grime act, dance act and pop/R&B act.
R&B girl group Flo were previously announced as the winners of the 2023 Rising Star award.
The Brits Awards 2023 will take place on Saturday, February 11th, and will broadcast live on ITV1 from London’s The O2 arena.