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David Bowie BRITs tribute to feature his touring band

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David Bowie BRITs tribute to feature his touring band

David Bowie's touring band are to pay tribute to the late music icon at tonight's (24.02.16) BRIT Awards.

The 'Space Oddity' hitmaker - who died in January at the age of 69 after a secret battle with cancer - will be remembered at the music bash at London's The O2 with his former band joined by several top-secret guest performers.

BRITs boss Max Lousada said: "We wish to honour his life and work and pay a fitting tribute to one of our greatest icons."

A source previously revealed that the guest musicians are likely to be artists such as Noel Gallagher, Blur's Damon Albarn and U2's Bono, rather than younger artists who weren't alive in the music legend's heyday.

A music insider said: "A few artists approached the Brits to ask if they could be involved in the David Bowie tribute as they want to make sure it is done properly.

"He was a British icon and they want to provide a credible farewell which can honour that.

"The band will be full of musicians who grew up with Bowie and were inspired by him, meaning artists like Noel, Damon and Bono.

"It is unlikely to involve young acts such as Sam Smith or Ed Sheeran, but there will be a few artists who are already singing on the night who will be asked if they want to take part too.

"The organisers are putting everything into it. If they get it right, it will be epic."

The BRIT Awards 2016 - which are sponsored by MasterCard - will be broadcast live on ITV at 8pm.