Damien Hirst has been announced as the designer of next year’s BRIT Awards statue. Chairman of the BRITs David Joseph said “We are delighted that Damien will become the third extraordinary creative Briton to re-imagine the BRIT statue. He is truly one of the most important British artists ever and his unique vision will make winning a 2013 BRIT an even more special proposition.”

Since the ‘blank canvas’ trophy was introduced in 2011, the statue has been made over by fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood and the God father of British Pop art Sir Peter Blake. Peter Blake has long been associated with British music, The Beatles in particular, and Damien Hirst enjoyed a short-lived pop career himself: he was a member of Fat Les with Blur's Alex James and actor Keith Allen, scoring a number two hit with 'Vindaloo' in 1998.

Hirst’s recent show at Tate Modern was the most visited solo show in the gallery’s history. We wonder if next year’s BRIT statues will be suspended in glass tanks of formaldehyde?