If there’s one award that solidifies the next big thing in British music, it’s the Brit Awards Critic’s Choice Award. With a previous winners list that reads like no other, finding yourself both on the shortlist and claiming the prize is a sure fire way to solidify an exciting career in music ahead.
This year, joining the likes of Adele, Sam Smith and last year’s winner Jorja Smith, are three young musicians proving that this country’s reputation as a hotbed of exciting musical talent is not going anywhere: “Bruises” singer Lewis Capaldi, “That Sound” musician Sam Fender and our favourite here at Miss Vogue HQ, Mahalia.
Covering a large cross section of the British Isles, the trio that hail from West Lothian, North Shields and the Midlands respectively not only cover ground but genres together too. Pop, rock, R&B and soul all find a home in their musical influences and outputs.
“I can’t believe it. I’m truly honoured to be nominated for the BRITs Critics’ Choice Award. The last year has been surreal to say the least but this really is the cherry on top,” said Mahalia of the announcement. “Thank you so much to all those who voted for me.”
“Absolutely honoured to have been shortlisted for this year’s BRITs Critics’ Choice award alongside two unreal artists,” quipped Lewis. “Genuinely cannot believe I’m being included in something like this and do not think I’ve done enough to be deserving of it! That being said, from here on in I will insist that those around me, including my mother and father, refer to me only as ‘BRITS Critics’ Choice Award Nominee, Lewis Capaldi.”
While Sam added: “I’ve been watching the BRITs since I was a child, and my brother would let me stay up and watch them live; so to be nominated for the Critics’ Choice award is crazy. What an honour! A big thank you to anyone who has put their faith in my music.”
Nominees for the accolade must be British artists who are yet to achieve Top 40 album success, with the winner being announced on December 7.