BRIT Awards Critics' Choice 2019 Shortlist Revealed

29 November 2018, 10:51 | Updated: 4 December 2018, 10:30

Sam Fender, Mahalia and Lewis Capaldi announced for BRITs Critics' Choice 2019
Sam Fender, Mahalia and Lewis Capaldi announced for BRITs Critics' Choice 2019. Picture: Press/ BRIT Awards 2019

Sam Fender, Mahalia and Lewis Capaldi have been nominated to receive the prestigious honour this year.

The BRIT Awards have confirmed the shortlisted acts for Critics' Choice 2019.

Sam Fender, Mahalia and Lewis Capaldi will battle it out to receive the honour this year.

Hailing from West Lothian, the Midlands and North Shields respectively, and spanning a mix of musical genres including pop, rock, R&B and soul, the three hopeful artists are now in line for the prestigious award, which has successfully predicted the future stars of British music over the last decade.

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Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi said: "Absolutely honoured to have been shortlisted for this year’s BRITs Critics’ Choice award alongside two unreal artists. 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."

Mahalia, who has toured with the likes of Ed Sheeran and Emeli Sande said: "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. Thank you so much to all those who voted for me."

Sam Fender, whose That Sound was Radio X's Record of The Week, said: "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."

The winner will be announced ob Friday 7 December.

See the previous BRITs Critics' Choice winners here:

2008 - Adele

2009 - Florence + The Machine

2010 - Ellie Goulding

2011 - Jessie J

2012 - Emeli Sandé

2013 - Tom Odell

2014 - Sam Smith

2015 - James Bay

2016 - Jack Garratt

2017 - Rag ’n’ Bone Man

2018 - Jorja Smith

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