Brit Awards hail Oasis' contributions

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LONDON -- Organizers of the U.K.'s annual pop music Brit Awards said Thursday that the event will honor rockers Oasis with an outstanding contribution to music nod.

British recorded music industry trade association BPI said Oasis will be recognized with the nod at next year's Brit Awards, scheduled to take place Feb. 14. The event will be shown live on television for the first time in almost 20 years.

The award is in the gift of the council of the BPI, which organizes the Brit awards, with all proceeds going to the industry's charity, the Brit Trust.

"Oasis set the standard for many of the young rock bands who are currently enjoying success in the U.K. charts," BPI chairman Peter Jamieson said in a statement. "As the Brit Awards goes live for the first time in nearly two decades, it is appropriate that we should honor one of the most exciting live acts the U.K. has produced."

In 2005, The Guinness Book of World Records declared Oasis "the most successful act of the last decade in the U.K." The band has sold more than 50 million records worldwide, the BPI said.

No strangers to the Brits, Oasis has previously secured the event nods for best British breakthrough act, best British album, best British group and best British video.

Previous recipients of the Outstanding Contribution Award include the Beatles, U2, Paul Weller, Tom Jones, Sting, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Eurythmics and the Who.

The nominations for the 27th Brit Awards will be unveiled Jan. 16 at the Hammersmith Palais in London, organizers said.
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