Ant & Dec have confirmed they are hosting next year's BRIT Awards.

The duo took on presenting duties in February, 14 years after they first hosted the ceremony in 2001, and after initially being reluctant to return they are ''thrilled'' to be coming back for 2016.

They said: ''In all honesty we only intended to do it for one year but had such a good time we are thrilled to be doing it again. Both of us are looking forward to what will be an incredible night, and we can't wait to celebrate the achievements of British music once again.''

The 'Saturday Night Takeaway' funnymen proved contributed to a rise in viewing figures by 1.2 million and a record breaking 7.8 million tweets were posted on the night about the event, which featured performances and appearances from Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Royal Blood and Paloma Faith as well as Madonna's infamous 'cape fall'.

BRIT Awards Chairman Max Lousada has praised the boys' contribution to the ceremony, saying: ''We're delighted to welcome Ant and Dec back to host the BRITs next year. They played a huge role in the success of this year's event and we're all looking forward to another great show in 2016.''

The annual music awards will return to The O2 in London on Wednesday February 24.