Brit Awards honor Pet Shop Boys

Duo has sold over 50 million records

LONDON -- Veteran U.K. dance-pop duo the Pet Shop Boys will receive the outstanding contribution to music award at the 2009 Brit Awards at Earls Court on Feb. 18.

The Pet Shop Boys will also perform at the awards, which are screened on ITV1.

The BPI, the U.K.’s recorded music trade association, unveiled the award winners, stating that the Pet Shop Boys have sold 50 million records since signing to Parlophone in 1985.

The duo first received a Brit in 1987, winning best British single for the global hit “West End Girls,” and then won best British group the following year. They recently renewed their Parlophone deal.

"Since their first Brit Award over 20 years ago, Neil [Tennant] and Chris [Lowe] have produced a fantastic body of work with songs that truly were the soundtrack to a whole generation's lives,” said Ged Doherty, Brits Committee chairman and Sony BMG U.K. chairman and chief executive, in a statement. “The Pet Shop Boys have since become one of the most influential groups of the modern era and are deserving recipients of the award."

The duo has also worked as producers or remixers with artists including Robbie Williams, Liza Minnelli, David Bowie, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Yoko Ono and The Killers.

Paul McCartney won the outstanding contribution award last year and other winners include Oasis, U2, Paul Weller, Tom Jones and Sting. It is decided on by the Council of the BPI.