With 2013's BRIT Awards just around the corner, it has been announced that the first ever recipient of the Special Recognition award will be given to War Child.

The charity, which will celebrate their 20th anniversary in the new year, will be awarded the gong at the ceremony taking place on February 20th. War Child have spent the past two decades helping children in conflict torn countries across the globe by teaming up with some of the biggest names in music to raise funds and provide aid.

Ben Knowles, War Child’s Music and Fundraising Director, said: "This is fantastic news for us. When we began in 1993, in response to the Bosnian conflict, we had one simple belief – that children are the innocent victims of war and no child should be affected by it. Twenty years on, our belief remains the same. Our relationship with artists and the music industry means that we've helped children born into some of the most violent conflicts. Music has been a powerful tool in rebuilding children's lives. This award helps further highlight our work. Everybody who works for War Child and everybody who has helped War Child should feel fantastically proud of all our ongoing achievements."

Organisers have also revealed the usual award for Outstanding Contribution to Music will be rested in 2013.