Tracey Emin to design Brit gong

Tracey Emin

She has wowed the art world with an unmade bed and a tent containing the names of everyone she has ever slept with – and now Tracey Emin is turning her hand to the Brits.

The artist has been asked to give the Brit Awards trophy a makeover for next year’s ceremony.

Tracey, 51, follows in the footsteps of figures such as Sir Peter Blake and Damien Hirst, who previously worked on the statuettes.

Each year, a figure from the world of creative arts is asked to come up with their own design on the Britannia figurine.

Tracey – whose works famously include My Bed – an unmade bed covered in debris which went on to sell for £2.2 million at auction earlier this year, said of her new commission: “I was thrilled to be asked to rework the Brits trophy.

“It’s so nice as a visual artist to have an involvement with the creative side of the music industry and it’s such a sweet celebration of the amazing talent we have in Britain today.”

Others who have designed the trophy have been Dame Vivienne Westwood and hatmaker Philip Treacy.

Brits chairman Max Lousada said: “Tracey is one of the UK’s most prominent fine artists and we are delighted that she has agreed to re-work the 2015 Brits trophy. Having her on board means that we enter a fifth year of iconic and uniquely designed Brit statues, and with British creativity very much at the heart of the event, it’s fitting that Tracey takes the baton and continues this tradition.”

The ceremony will take place at London’s O2 Arena on the evening of February 25, with a yet-to-be-named new host to replace James Corden who bowed out from the role earlier this year.

There have been suggestions there could be more than one presenter.