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Wednesday, 16 January, 2002, 12:21 GMT
Monkeying around at the Brits
Monkey
Monkey has become a collector's item
ITV Digital's Monkey character is to make a guest appearance at this year's Brit Awards.

The stuffed toy has become an icon and collector's item since he was introduced as the face of ITV Digital in its advertisements, alongside comedian Johnny Vegas.

In fact the success of Monkey has outweighed the interest in viewers subscribing to the digital channel.

Zoe Ball
Zoe Ball is making her return to presenting after becoming a mum
Now it is set to make an impact on the Brit Awards which will be televised live on 20 February on ITV.

Zoe Ball and Frank Skinner will be co-presenting the event at Earls Court.

But organisers have strongly hinted the monkey will be making a "surprise" appearance at the show.

He is tipped to be backstage talking to artists and celebrities, adding a touch of humour to proceedings.

Animated pop band Gorillaz have reaped the most nominations for this year's Brits.

Controversy

The band, founded by Blur's Damon Albarn, are up for six awards, while Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue and Dido are all named in four categories.

There has been some controversy over the selection because acts such as Dido and Atomic Kitten have been nominated two years in a row in the best newcomer category.

So Solid Crew
It could make an interesting interview if Monkey confronts the So Solid Crew
Craig David and Dido are competing for a second time in for the best album award, despite not releasing a new long player since the last Brits.

And there have been raised eyebrows at the exclusion of Irish supergroup U2 from nominations in a year when they had sell-out world tour and a number one album.

Acts lined up to perform on the night so far include Dido, Gorillaz, Kylie Minogue and The Strokes.

See also:

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