Blur are to be honoured for their outstanding contribution to music at next year's Brit Awards.
The prize will fuel speculation that the band will reform once more to perform at the event in London's O2 Arena, as the winner usually plays a selection of hits.
There had been rumours that the group might be planning further activities. They got back together in 2009, headlining Glastonbury and playing a handful of other shows, and they talked about recording together.
Blur join acts such as Sir Paul McCartney, U2 and Oasis who have been among previous winners.
"Being in a band this long is like a kind of time travel. We're the same gang we ever were, we've just landed in a different era.
"Or possibly we're a totally different Blur still playing the old tunes in 1991 - forever. I haven't decided. But it's always nice to get a Brit Award", said guitarist Graham Coxon (pictured).
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