Brit Awards organisers are reportedly struggling to persuade former winners to attend the 30th anniversary ceremony next week. Groups including our own Coldplay, Dire Straits and Travis have all been nominated in the one-off 'Brits Album of 30 Years' category, but have so far allegedly snubbed the London event on February 16.
"Invitations have gone out to all concerned but it is now a tricky situation," a source told The Sun. "Dire Straits, The Verve and Oasis have all split. Sade won't go as she likes to protect her privacy. Duffy is in the studio in the US. Chris Martin and Co have turned us down as they're recording and preparing for shows. Organisers are exploring all avenues to resolve this."
Coldplay have reportedly turned the BRITs down as they're recording for the new album and are also preparing for the Latin America tour later this month.
Phil Collins and The Verve's Richard Ashcroft have reportedly among the few former winners that have agreed to attend the event. Bookmakers have made Oasis's 1995 LP (What's The Story) Morning Glory? the favourite to win the 'Brits Album of 30 Years', which has been decided by Radio 2 listeners.
Pictures of the original Coldplay Parachutes globe by winning auctioneer, NumbersGirl:
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