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Emin paints Brit Awards trophy pink

Tracey Emin has added a feminine touch to the Brit Awards trophy she has designed - by painting it pink.

The one-time enfant terrible of the art world - most famous for displaying her messy bed - has also added what looks like a rosette to the rear of the statuette as she becomes the latest figure to stamp her mark on the figurine.

Previous designers have included Philip Treacy, Sir Peter Blake and Damien Hirst.

Tracey said of her trophy: "You want to do it really well. You don't just want to decorate it, you want to make something that is really Tracey-ish, that is special for the people receiving it."

Her award also includes the phrase: "Congratulations on your talent on your life. On everything you give to others. Thank you."

Each year, a figure from the world of creative arts is asked to come up with their own design on the Britannia figurine.

Tracey's works famously include My Bed - an unmade bed covered in debris which she exhibited at Tate Britain after she was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1999. It went on to sell for £2.2 million at auction in July of this year.

The Royal Academician, who also exhibited a tent embroidered with the names of many of her lovers called Everyone I Have Ever Slept With, unveiled an exhibition of recent works at the White Cube Gallery in London in recent months called The Last Great Adventure Is You.

The Brit Awards ceremony will take place at London's O2 Arena on the evening of February 25, with TV presenting duo Ant and Dec replacing regular host James Corden who bowed out from the role earlier this year.

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