BRIT Awards Critics' Choice Nominees Announced

27 November 2014, 10:58 | Updated: 4 December 2014, 11:34

James Bay Press Shot

James Bay, George the Poet and Years & Years are in the running for the hotly-anticipated gong.

Widely credited with helping to launch the careers of stars like Florence and the Machine, Adele and Sam Smith, the BRIT Awards Critics' Choice prize is much-anticipated.

And now the shortlist for 2015 has been announced, with James Bay, George the Poet and Years & Years in the running.

The three candidates were compiled after intense debate amongst industry experts whittled the shortlist down from 100 potential winners.

The winner will be announced next week before picking up the prize at the ceremony in February.

Here's a bit more about the candidates:

James Bay

We've already highlighted Bay's beautiful, honest music and he's a strong contender for the prize. As an added bonus, he's supported past Critics' Choice winner Tom Odell on tour and might have picked up a few tips about being suddenly launched into the limelight.

Years & Years

With a top 10 hit already under their belt and critical acclaim for their breakthrough single Take Shelter, Years & Years are many people's top tip to pick up the award. If they won, the trio would be the first proper band (we're not including Florence's Machine, sorry guys) to be named Critics' Choice.

George The Poet

The outside bet for the prize seems to the grime artist George the Poet, whose whipsmart lyrics have already drawn widespread praise. And he played it cool when reacting to the nomination, saying it "shows me I'm on track". He would be a bold choice for the BRITs, but don't rule him out.