YouTube creator Caspar Lee, who counts 9 million subscribers between his two channels, is set to serve as the digital host of this year’s Brit Awards. At the same time, YouTube — which has served as the Brits’ global livestreaming partner for the past three years — will once again host a live stream of the storied music awards show.
Lee, 22, will cover all the red carpet and backstage action, with celebrity interviews and additional content created exclusively for the Brits’ various social channels. This year, Brits performers are slated to include Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, and more. Lee will have big shoes to fill, as last year’s digital hosting duties fell to fellow London-based creators Dan Howell and Phil Lester.
“British music, fashion, and culture are the envy of the world — and The Brit Awards always remind us why,” YouTube’s global head of music, Lyor Cohen, said in a statement. “We’re making sure fans around the world get all the action live on YouTube — and there’s an embarrassment of riches to enjoy…We’ve partnered with the Brits long enough to know this is must-see stuff.”
Added Brit Awards CEO Geoff Taylor: “It’s really exciting for us that so many people around the world will get the chance to celebrate the UK’s biggest night in music live as it happens.”
In addition to the high-profile hosting gig, Lee has pursued various endeavors outside of YouTube to much acclaim in recent years, including releasing his own biography — co-penned by his mother — as well as headlining feature films alongside fellow creators Olajide ‘KSI’ Olatunji and Joe Sugg.