Jack Whitehall will lead tributes to Love Island host Caroline Flack this evening when he presents the 40th BRIT Awards live from London’s O2 Arena.
The comedian will pause the banter and tongue-in-cheek humour to strike a serious tone about the late presenter’s tragic passing.
A source told Daily Star Online: “Caroline’s heartbreaking death has shaken the industry as a whole - not just those who knew her personally.
“To not recognise this would be wrong.
“She’s already been added to the In Memoriam section of the BRITs website and host Jack Whitehall will say a few words about her being a loved member of the BRITs team in tribute to her, near the start of the show.“
In 2010, Caroline hosted the BRITs red carpet show as well as co-hosting the BRITs Encore show for ITV in 2010.
She had been a regular at the iconic music ceremony since.
This evening will be the third time that comedian Jack, 31, has hosted the BRITs.
Daily Star Online previously revealed how tonight’s ceremony is set to be one of the biggest productions of the BRITs ever – after bosses axed countless VIP tables in order to accommodate a stage double the size of previous years.
A source told Daily Star Online: “Bosses are determined to go all out in terms of production and the show this year.
“This year they have doubled the stage size in order to allow for bigger and better performances than ever before."
“As a knock on result their are less tables for industry bigwigs and celebs.
"This has meant that some stars who may have managed to wangle a table ticket have had to be cut."
During the show One Direction legend and Caroline's former love interest, Harry Styles will make his solo BRITs debut.
Harry will perform emotional Fine Line album track Falling.
The song contains the lyrics: "I'm in my bed/and you're not here.
"And there's no one to blame but the drink and my wandering hands."
A source said: "Harry's performance will no doubt be a talking point of the night.
"The track is really poignant and he sounded great during his soundcheck."
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