The Scottish singer-songwriter, who recently enjoyed chart success with Professor Green collaboration Read All About It, beat second placed-Maverick Sabre and soul singer Michael Kiwanuka, who came third, in order to bag the prize.
Speaking of her winning her first Brit, the 24-year old stated: "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."
Emeli, whose debut LP Our Version of Events is due for released in February, will now take to the stage at The Brit Awards nominations launch on 12th January 2012 at London's Savoy Hotel.