Brits Critics’ Choice Awards announce first-ever female shortlist

Jorja Smith, Stefflon don, Mabel
The Brits have announced the first all-female shortlist for Critics Choice Award since it was introduced in 2008.

R&B artist Mabel, known for her hit Finders Keepers, Stefflon don, who recently scored a top ten with Hurtin’ Me, and Jorja Smith, who supported Drake on his UK tour, have all been nominated.

In a statement, Mabel said: “Being nominated for the Critics’ Choice Award really is a dream come true for me. So much hard work has gone into getting to this point, so to be acknowledged by something like the Brit Awards means the world.”

Smith added, “It’s an honour to be recognised amongst such incredible emerging talent. 2017 was a very special year and there’s so much more to come from me in 2018!”

Stefflon Don said: “I am so excited to be nominated for this amazing award. A big shout out to all my fans and dons for their support. 2017 has been lit and I can’t wait for 2018! Mad love to you all.”

The shortlist was decided by experts in music, radio, television and print media and aims to recognise the “future stars of British recording talent”.

Over 100 artists from a variety of genres were considered for the prestigious award, with the winner being announced on December 4th.

Previous winners of the Critics’ Choice Award include Adele, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J and Sam Smith all of whom have gone on to international success. Others include Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Jack Garrett.

The BRIT Awards 2018 will take place on 21 February at the O2 Arena in London.

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