Madonna To Perform at Brit Awards

Mert Marcus

The Queen of Pop will get her chance to rule at London's O2 arena on Feb. 25.

The Queen of Pop will get her chance to rule at the Brit Awards.

Madonna will return to her old stomping ground later this month when she performs at the British recording industry's flagship awards ceremony.

The veteran singer, a two-time Brits winner, is confirmed to a bill that includes previously-announced performers Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Paloma Faith, George Ezra, Royal Blood, Take That and Taylor Swift, who just last week revealed that she was a star-struck fan of Madonna.

The 2015 gala will be held Feb. 25 at The O2 in London, and will be broadcast live on free-to-air network ITV.

Madonna won Brits in 2001 and 2006 in the best international female category. It's been a full 20 years since she last played the Brits; on that night back in 1995, she opened proceedings with a performance of her U.K. top 5 hit "Bedtime Stories".

"We're delighted to bring Madonna back to the Brits," comments Brits chairman Max Lousada. "She's an icon, an innovator and, above all, an entertainer. Having her as part of the show will guarantee an unforgettable night of music."

Madonna once called England home. After she married the movie director Guy Ritchie in 2000, the American superstar reinvented herself as a posh Brit. She took up residence in a country mansion, took to horse riding, hunting and even spoke with a curious British accent. The pair divorced in 2008.

Madonna is on the promotion trail for her 13 studio album Rebel Heart, which will be released March 9 via Universal Music.  

This article first appeared on Billboard.com.

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