BRITs 2019: Lewis Capaldi, Mahalia & Sam Fender Are This Year’s Critics Choice Nominees
They're going to take the world by storm...
Lewis Capaldi, Mahalia and Sam Fender are all vying to follow in the footsteps of Adele, Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith and more, having just been revealed as this BRITS year’s Critics’ Choice Award shortlist!
All three artists, who also feature on our MTV PUSH: Ones To Watch 2019 list which we revealed last week, were chosen by an invited panel of music editors and critics of national press and online music editors as well as heads of major radio and music TV stations.
On being included on the shortlist 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 added: “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.”
Fender 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 on Friday 7th December and will be the first recipient of the brand new BRITs 2019 statue designed by Sir David Adjaye.
Past BRITs Critics’ Choice winners:
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
In other BRITS news, earlier this week Jack Whitehall was announced as the returning host for the 2019 BRIT Awards show which will be held on Wednesday 20th February at London’s O2 Arena.
Check out this year’s MTV PUSH: Ones To Watch 2019 Shortlist here: