Ahead of her visit to Edinburgh’s Liquid Room in February, Walsall-born singer Jorja Smith has been announced as the Brits Critics’ Choice Award winner for 2018.
The prize recognises “the future stars of British recording talent” and previous winners who have gone on to very big things include Sam Smith, Haim, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J and Adele.
Rag’n’Bone Man, who headlines this year’s Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Concert In the Gardens, won the award last year.
On winning the award, Smith said: “I cannot believe it, it’s been an unforgettable 2017 during which I’ve fulfilled so many of my dreams and this is such a special way to end the year… and to be part of an all female shortlist alongside Mabel and Stefflon Don, who’ve both had incredible 2017s, makes it even better!
“There’s lots more to come in 2018 from all of us and I will do my best to make it another memorable year!”
Brits chairman Jason Iley said: “The Critics’ Choice Award has an incredible track record of showcasing some of the most exciting up-and-coming artists for the last 10 years.
“Jorja Smith has a huge future ahead of her and looks set to follow in the footsteps of the most successful past Critics’ Choice winners.”
The Critics’ Choice prize is the first awards to be announced before the official Brit Awards ceremony, which takes place at London’s O2 Arena on February 21, 2018.
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