The shortlist for the BRITs Critics’ Choice 2019 award has been announced and this year’s Critics’ Choice prize will be awarded to one of the three following nominees: Sam Fender, Mahalia and Lewis Capaldi.
The award, which recognises “the future stars of British recording talent”, has previously been given to the likes of Adele (2008), Florence + The Machine (2009), Emeli Sandé (2012), Sam Smith (2014) and Rag’ n’ Bone Man in 2017. Jorja Smith took home the trophy last year.
The three artists were chosen by an expert team which included music editors of national newspapers, music and lifestyle magazines, music websites and heads of music at major radio and music TV stations. The winner will be announced on Friday December 7. The award is specifically aimed at championing British artists who have not yet achieved a Top 40 album success – as of 31st October of this year.
Rising Tyneside singer-songwriter Sam Fender recently signed to Polydor and his track ‘Dead Boys’ track was named as Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record In The World’. He was previously named one of the BBC’s Sound of 2018 alongside other emerging artists such as Sigrid, Lewis Capaldi and Khalid. His first single ‘Play God’ was also featured in the FIFA 19 video game.
Lewis Capaldi is a hotly-tipped Scottish singer songwriter who recently sold out show at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire. Mahalia is the 20-year old Leicester R&B singer who signed a record deal aged 13 to Atlantic. She has since lived up to that early promise with a successful streak of singles, including ‘Sober’ and ‘I Wish I Missed My Ex’.
The winner of the Critics’ Choice award will be presented with the prize during a special ceremony on 4 December, with the winner set to receive the Anish Kapoor designed award that debuted last year. The BRIT Awards 2019 with Mastercard will be broadcast live on ITV on Wednesday 20 February from The O2 Arena, London.