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Robbie to get lifetime Brit Award

Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams has won best British male four times

Pop star Robbie Williams will receive the outstanding contribution to music prize at next year's Brit Awards.

The 35-year-old has already won 11 Brits as a solo artist - more than any other singer.

Ged Doherty of the Brits committee praised Williams, saying he was "one of the outstanding artists and performers of his generation".

Williams won his first Brit award as a member of Take That, when Could It Be Magic was named best single in 1993.

'Absolute thrill'

The group went on to scoop three more trophies before Williams quit in 1995.

The star then carved out a successful solo career with hit singles such as Angels, She's The One and Rock DJ.

Williams has won the best British male prize four times.

Mr Doherty said it will be "an absolute thrill" to have Williams at the 30th anniversary of the Brit award show.

I know listening to new stuff can be a bit of a bore, but everyone was lovely and received it with kind hearts and consideration, so thank you very much
Robbie Williams on his first live gig in three years

The star has recently made a comeback, appearing on the X Factor last weekend, and playing his first UK concert for three years as part of the BBC Electric Proms on Wednesday.

His exuberant X Factor performance was heavily criticised in the press, but writing on his blog after the Proms show, Williams said: "I wasn't aware until last night that the X Factor performance was given such an horrendous kicking."

He went on to praise the "lovely audience" at Wednesday night's concert.

"I know listening to new stuff can be a bit of a bore, but everyone was lovely and received it with kind hearts and consideration, so thank you very much," he wrote.

The gig broke records when it was beamed live to more than 250 cinemas in 23 countries across Europe, from Latvia to Luxembourg - but Williams claimed to know nothing about the achievement.

"I kind of heard it being mentioned but I think selective hearing must have been in action at the time," he said.

Previous recipients of the outstanding achievement award include The Pet Shop Boys, Paul McCartney, Oasis and The Who.



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