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:: Spotlight :: 2012 BRIT Awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The BRIT AWARDS can reveal that Emeli Sand√© is the winner of this year’s prestigious Critics’ Choice Award.

For a relative newcomer the Scottish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has already had an incredible career. As a published writer Emeli has 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 UK No. 2 debut single with ‘Heaven’ and a UK No.1 single with Professor Green, ‘Read All About It’. Emeli received rave reviews for her recent headline sold out tour and has recently supported 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 2012. As the winner, Emeli Sande will perform at The BRITs Nominations Launch event on January 12 at The Savoy Hotel, London.

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 is 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.

Check out Emeli's “heaven” video here