Ant and Dec to host Brits

Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly

Ant and Dec

Ant and Dec have been announced as the presenters of next year's Brit Awards, a ceremony they previously presented in 2001.

Ant and Dec will host the 2015 Brit Awards with Mastercard.

The 'Saturday Night Takeaway' stars - who first fronted the ceremony in 2001 - are "really excited" to have been chosen to present next year's ceremony.

They said in a statement: "We're really excited to be hosting the Brits again, it is undoubtedly the biggest night in the British music calendar."

And the pair - whose real names are Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly - joked they will be giving out tips on achieving chart success after their 1994 single 'Let's Get Ready to Rhumble' went to number one last year after it was re-released following a 'Saturday Night Takeaway' sketch.

They added: "We're especially excited now we're number recording artists ourselves.

"We'll be offering our advice to the fledgling pop stars backstage as to how to have a number one, as long as they're prepared to wait 19 years to top the charts!"

Brits bosses are thrilled to have landed the duo to replace James Corden, who has presented the show for the last five years.

Brits chairman Max Lousada said: "Ant and Dec are two of the most popular TV broadcasters this country has ever produced and it's a real honour to have them take centre stage once again to host the Brits."

Next year's ceremony will take place at London's O2 Arena on February 25.

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