Prince will present the first prize at this year's Brit Awards.

The iconic pop star will be with his new all-female backing band 3RDEYEGIRL to kick off the show in style on Wednesday (19.02.14) when he makes his first appearance at the annual bash since 2006.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, an insider said: ''Prince is a big-name addition to this year's show.

''We've seen the massive crowds he has drawn at his recent London gigs so it's definitely going to be a highlight.''

With the 'Purple Rain' singer signed on to present the first trophy at the ceremony next week, he could replicate his 2006 appearance by also performing at the event.

He will join the likes of Kylie Minogue when he hands out a gong, and he could share the stage with some huge names if he decides to play a track live.

So far, Katy Perry, Lorde, Disclosure, Pharrell Williams, Arctic Monkeys, Rudimental, Ellie Goulding and Bastille are a confirmed as performers for the event at London's The O2 Arena.

Meanwhile, James Corden will make his fifth and final appearance a the Brits, making him the show's longest-running host.