Emeli Sandé has been announced as the winner of the 2012 BRITs Critics’ Choice Award.
She will receive the prestigious statue at the BRITS 2012 ceremony on 21st February at the O2 in London.
The singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has already had an incredible career.
As a published writer she’s written hit singles for Chipmunk and Wiley as well as album tracks for Cheryl Cole, Susan Boyle and Tinie Tempah.
Since signing a record deal with Virgin Records in 2010, Emeli has had a No. 2 debut single with ‘Heaven’ and a No.1 single with Professor Green, ‘Read All About It’. Emeli received rave reviews for her recent headline sold out tour and is currently supporting Coldplay across the UK and Europe.
Her outstanding song writing, breath-taking vocals and credible compositions have won her fans across the board and her hugely anticipated debut album, ‘Our Version of Events’ will be released in February next year.
As the winner, Emeli Sande will perform at The BRITs Nominations Launch event on the 12th of January at The Savoy Hotel.
Emeli said of her win: “To win a BRIT Award so early in my career is beyond a dream come true. I am overwhelmed to be the recipient of such a prestigious award. Thank you so much.”
The Critics’ Choice Award is for new British acts that the critics tip for mainstream success in the forthcoming year.
In previous years it has been awarded to Jessie J (2011) Ellie Goulding (2010), Florence and the Machine (2009) and Adele (2008).
The artists are chosen by a team of experts including the music editors of national newspapers, key music and lifestyle magazines and music websites plus the heads of music at major radio and music TV stations.
The Award was open to artists signed to a label who are set to release their debut albums in 2012 and over 100 artists from a range of genres were considered for the award.