Oasis are being courted to make an appearance at the Brits, with a lifetime achievement award from one of their biggest heroes being used as bait.

Reports claim the organisers of British music's showpiece event have lined up former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr to give the band their gong in what would be a fitting tribute.

Noel and Liam Gallagher have long-named the Liverpool four-piece as their ultimate influences and Brits' bosses hope the lure of the ex-Beatle will ensure their attendance at Earls Court on Valentine's Day.

It is understood that the brothers behind the multi-million selling band would only agree to come to the ceremony if they were guaranteed someone "amazing" to hand over their award, after their last album, Dont Believe The Truth, was overlooked at last year's Brits.

Originally Johnny Depp had been expected to present them with the award but the actor had to pull out due to filming commitments.

However, Ringo would undoubtedly be a pull for the band, particularly as Oasis even once played with Ringo's son Zak Starkey on live dates in 2005.

Now the Gallaghers, along with band members Andy Bell and Gem ArCher, may be the latest big names to appear at the show.

02/02/2007 09:58:11