Mo Gilligan confirmed as Brit Awards host for 2022

Mo Gilligan has replaced Jack Whitehall as the host of the 2022 Brit Awards.

The comedian and The Masked Singer panellist will host the ceremony for the first time when it returns on February 8 2022.

The 33-year-old said: ‘It’s an absolute privilege to host the 2022 Brit Awards. I’m truly honoured to be asked.

‘We’re already in the extensive planning stages and all I can say is, I promise we’re going to give it all we’ve got to create an incredible night for music fans everywhere. Let’s go!’

He added on Twitter: ‘This is a huge honour for me and being a fan of music I can’t wait bring fun, unlimited vibes and an award show the music fan can feel part of #BRITs love for the continued support it always means a lot.’

This makes Mo the first Black British star to host the Brits; RuPaul previously hosted alongside Elton John in 1994.

Mo has become one of the most popular figures on British TV over the past few years thanks to his time on The Masked Singer UK and Celebrity Gogglebox, his stand-up special Momentum being released on Netflix, and his own Channel 4 chat show The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan.

He replaces Jack Whitehall, who has stood down as Brits host after four years.

The Fresh Meat star tweeted in September: ‘Sad to say after 4 brilliant years, I’ll be handing on the baton as I’ll be in the US filming another project at the top of next year. Loved doing it so much.

‘All the best to the new host, I pray they treat Mursy, my mixers and sweet little Nialler with the respect they deserve.’

Previous hosts for the Brits, held at London’s O2 Arena, include Ant and Dec, Dermot O’Leary and Emma Willis, James Corden and Peter Kay.

In addition, Clara Amfo and Maya Jama will return to host the nominations show The BRITs Are Coming and the Brit Awards red carpet, after hosting together last year.

Clara said: ‘It is such an honour and pleasure to be part of The Brits presenting team for 2022. The spirit of celebration from the artists to the viewers is really special and I’m so excited for everyone to see more memories being made on the red carpet and stage in February!’

Maya added: ‘I am so excited to be back on presenting duties for the Brits 2022! I remember watching the show growing up and still can’t quite believe I get to be a part of it. ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ TV special on ITV has always been one of my favourite shows, it’s such a big celebration, everyone is on top form and I love seeing so many of my favourite people within the music industry come together for such an incredible night.’

It has also been announced that from 2022, the Brits are ditching gendered categories, and instead will award the artist of the year and international artist of the year.

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