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Brit Award honour for Paul Weller
Paul Weller
Paul Weller launched his solo career in 1991
Paul Weller is to be honoured for his outstanding contribution to music at next year's Brit Awards.

The former Jam frontman, who formed the Style Council before launching a solo career in 1991, will receive the honour at the Earls Court event in February.

The award recognises musicians "whose influence, longevity and creativity puts them in the very top ranks of UK artists", Brit organisers said

Previous recipients include David Bowie, Sting, U2 and Duran Duran.

Nominations for the 26th Brit Awards will be unveiled in January.

Musical legacy

Weller's recording career started in 1977 with The Jam, who scored four number ones singles including Going Underground and Town Called Malice.

Artists such as Oasis' Noel Gallagher have talked of Weller's musical legacy and he was widely cited as an influence behind the Britpop movement.

The 47-year-old released his eighth solo album, As Is Now, last month.

The Outstanding Contribution to British Music award is chosen by the council of the British Phonographic Industry, the trade group behind the event.

BPI chairman Peter Jamieson said: "Paul Weller is an artist who scores on every measure and typifies the range and quality of British music at its best."

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