This is excellent news for fans of the Brit Awards across the world that usually year have to look for a lousy, unreliable online stream to watch the ceremony: this year Britain's most prestigious music event is going to be broadcasted worldwide outside the UK on The BRITs' YouTube channel.

This year's edition will also feature the first ever BRITs Social Vote Award to reveal nominees for Best British Video in the week leading up to the show via YouTube and Twitter: "The BRITs make an impact around the world, so we are very excited that music fans in all five continents will be able to watch spectacular performances from British and global music stars live on YouTube and find out, as it happens, who is going home with a coveted BRIT Award," Chief Executive BPI and BRIT Awards Ltd Geoff Taylor explains. "The live vote on Twitter means that viewers world-wide will decide on the night who made the best British music video. Given the phenomenal success of British music overseas and the huge importance of social media to our artists, it's right that the BRITs should become a truly global, digital event."

The behind-the-scenes features will also be enhanced, with Dan & Phil, Zane Lowe, Fleur de Force and Georgia LA confirmed as official BRIT YouTube presenters.

The 2014 Brit Awards take place at London's O2 on Wednesday 19th February.

Lorde and Disclosure will pay a visit to this year's BRITs' stage!