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One Direction will be two men down at the 2016 Brit awards. Kevin Winter / Getty

Fans hoping to catch a mini One Direction reunion at the 2016 Brit Awards, following the group's split, will be disappointed to learn that it's not going to happen. The boyband will be two men down, as Harry Styles and Niall Horan are set to miss this year's shindig.

According to The Sun, it will be only Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson making an appearance at the star-studded ceremony, held at London's O2 arena. The duo are scheduled to present an award and are expected to accept the British Artist Video of the Year prize on behalf of the group for their single Drag Me Down.

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Rihanna is set to take to the stage at 2016 Brit Awards. Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS

"This could have been one last hurrah for the boys at what could be their last BRIT Awards as a band," a source told the paper.

"But Harry has shown no interest in attending, and Niall is away on his holidays in Thailand.

"Louis and Liam want to be there as a thank you for all the fans voting for them in the Best Video category – which is the big audience vote of the night.

"The band still have a massive fanbase and they should clean up in the public vote so they're hoping it won't be a wasted trip."

It was previously reported that organisers had offered the quartet the chance to perform in an effort to reunite them and boost ratings. "Brit organisers were desperate to get the boys. They told them they could perform whatever they wanted, even a new single, or just turn up for a boozy night out," a source said. Unfortunately the boys rejected the offer as they are focusing on their solo projects.

The annual award show will honour some of the biggest names in the music industry with stars including Rihanna, Adele, and Coldplay set to grace the stage at the prestigious event. In addition to the performances, the Brits have confirmed there will be a tribute to honour music icon David Bowie, who died on 10 January.