Liam Payne will use augmented reality to create an avatar during his upcoming BAFTA performance

Liam Payne will use augmented reality to create an avatar which will stream to viewers phone during his upcoming BAFTA performance

Liam Payne is set to perform at the 2021 British Academy Film Awards using augmented reality to create an avatar which will stream on viewer’s phones. 

The singer, 27, will take to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday as part of the awards, which will take place over the weekend on BBC One.

In a world-first, Liam will be recorded live and beamed to fans in the UK on their mobile phones via the AR app The Round.   

New experience: Liam Payne is set to perform at the 2021 British Academy Film Awards using augmented reality to create an avatar which will stream on viewer’s phones 

On the night, the star’s body, facial movements, and live audio data will be instantly transformed into 3D animations to create the immersive experience. 

He will be wearing a motion capture suit containing sensors that pick-up his every movement, and a specially designed headset that tracks his facial and vocals. 

This data will be live-synced and transmitted in real-time for fans across the UK to experience the performance live through their phones, anywhere they are.

First look: The singer, 27, will take to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday and his body, facial movements, and live audio data will be instantly transformed into 3D animations

First look: The singer, 27, will take to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday and his body, facial movements, and live audio data will be instantly transformed into 3D animations

The platinum-selling artist, who has sold more than 23million singles since going solo, will then be joined by his avatar as a hologram on stage as he performs.     

Ahead of his performance, Liam said: ‘To be able to perform live via my very own Avatar blows my mind a little bit! 

‘I’m really excited for everyone to see what we’ve been working on. The strides in tech at the minute are phenomenal and I can’t wait to see what we’ll be doing next. 

‘For now, this Sunday, you can take a first-look at my EE BAFTA performance, delivered by my real life Avatar live in your kitchen, bedroom, on the bus or at the park…see you there.’  

Last month, it was announced that Dermot O’Leary, Clara Amfo and Edith Bowman are set to host the BAFTAs as bosses unveiled their plans for a virtual ‘celebration of talent’.

Plans: Dermot O'Leary is set to host the 2021 British Academy Film Awards Exciting: Clara Amfo will also present a special ceremony honouring the creative talent

Plans: Dermot O’Leary (left) and Clara Amfo (right) are set to host the BAFTAs as bosses unveiled their plans for a virtual ‘celebration of talent’ last month 

Coming soon: Edith Bowman will join the pair hosting the ceremony spread over two nights on 10 and 11 April, with all nominees accepting their prizes virtually due to the Covid pandemic

Coming soon: Edith Bowman will join the pair hosting the ceremony spread over two nights on 10 and 11 April, with all nominees accepting their prizes virtually due to the Covid pandemic

The trio will host a ceremony spread over two nights on 10 and 11 April, with all nominees accepting their prizes virtually due to the Covid pandemic.

In a statement bosses confirmed they’re hoping the weekend will be a ‘celebration of talent’ despite the ongoing pandemic, after announcing their most diverse list of nominees in the awards’ 74-year history.  

Clara will first present the EE BAFTA Film Awards Opening Night on Saturday 10 April, where eight of BAFTA’s 17 awards will be presented.

The show will see a panel of guests explore the creative processes behind some of the biggest films of 2020, and will also announce the winner of The Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.

The coveted prize will be the only in-person acceptance of the night, with the recipient accepting their prize from London’s Royal Albert Hall. 

Dermot and Edith will then host the second night of the BAFTAs on Sunday 11 April where the main acting awards will be presented, including the sought-after Best Film and Best British Film.

Presenters will appear during the ceremony from both London and Los Angeles, but all nominees will accept their prizes virtually in front of a virtual audience watching from home.

Among the prizes announced on the second night will be the public-voted EE Rising Star Award and the Fellowship, BAFTA’s highest honour.

Plans: In a statement bosses confirmed they're hoping the weekend will be a 'celebration of talent' despite the ongoing pandemic, with all nominees accepting their prizes virtually

Plans: In a statement bosses confirmed they’re hoping the weekend will be a ‘celebration of talent’ despite the ongoing pandemic, with all nominees accepting their prizes virtually