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Brits star ... Rihanna is set for a second duet stint on next year's Brit Awards


Ri-Play at the Brit Awards


Rihanna is doing second duet on show


THE Brit Awards 2012 are already shaping up to be the best yet, with Coldplay and Rihanna topping the bill. Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Bucland and Will Champion will perform Princess Of China with their fellow chart-topper at the O2 next February.


It will be the first time they have played the track, from Coldplay's hit album Mylo Xyloto, live together. But it won't be the first time Rihanna has duetted at the show. She's been trying to erase the dodgy duet with Klaxons from her memory since the ceremony back in 2008.


The team behind the show have been working on the 2012 event for months and the line-up is taking shape fast — Adele, Noel Gallagher and Kasabian have all got on board, too. A Brits source said: "Coldplay are really looking forward to performing Princess Of China with Rihanna already. Brits bosses set their sights on getting them on stage together early doors. They are two of the biggest acts around right now."


Noel will play as a solo artist for the first time at the biggest night in British music after some memorable moments at the bash over the years. Adele will be looking to kick-start her year after a recordbreaking 12 months by singing Someone Like You. She is still recovering from throat surgery, but should be back to her best by then.


She could well sweep the board on the night, so expect some giggly acceptance speeches and a few tears. This year's show was the best I can remember, with the format changing to include more live music than ever. James Corden will return as host in 2012 after rave reviews for his second effort earlier this year.


Last night a spokesman for The Brits said: "We are still confirming the line-up, which will be announced with the nominations in January. We are working to make it the best show yet, with the biggest names in music performing."


All they need is a bit of Lady Gaga and some One Direction or Bieber for the kids and the job's a good 'un.





Duet ... Coldplay will perform Princess of China with superstar Rihanna

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Are the Brits Awards before or after the Grammys? I've been saying it'd be great for Coldplay and Rihanna to perform Princess of China at the Grammys. Down with tribalism in music!


Grammy awards are February 12th. Not sure what day in February the Brit awards are.

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Rihanna’s waiting for the Coldplay call


RIHANNA is "waiting for the call" from Chris Martin to perform together at the Brits.


The singer collaborated on the brilliant Princess Of China from Coldplay's No1 album Mylo Xyloto.


Last month I revealed Brits bosses plans to get the two chart heavyweights together for the O2 show next month.


And now Rihanna has given the green light, the big moment looks like a real possibility.


Speaking at the O2 before Christmas, she told me: "I think Chris Martin is a special guy.


"His songwriting is just beautiful and I am a huge fan.


"If they want me to sing with Coldplay, I will be waiting for the call. I'd love to perform with them."


Bizarre readers have said she appears a bit too often on these pages.


So I've spared you from more pictures of her on the beach in Barbados.


She is staying at the exclusive Sandy Lane resort, where actor Mark Wahlberg and his family are also guests.


Simon Cowell left the resort last week after topping up his tan for his big return to Britain's Got Talent in the coming weeks.


He must really be looking forward to the grey, wet misery of the British Isles.


At least he'll have new judge David Walliams on hand to give him a deep tissue massage when it all gets too much.



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