BRIT Awards 2019 Critics’ Choice award shortlist announced

Lewis Capaldi, Mahalia and Sam Fender

Sam Fender, Mahalia and Lewis Capaldi have been shortlisted for the BRIT Awards 2019 Critics’ Choice award.

The trio are in line for the prestigious award which has previously predicted future British music stars including Adele, Sam Smith, Florence + The Machine, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, and last year’s winner Jorja Smith.

The Critics’ Choice Award will be chosen by a panel of music editors, press and heads of music at major radio and music TV stations. The winner will be announced on 7 December.

Speaking about the shortlist, Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi (above right) 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.”‘

Birmingham singer Mahalia (above middle) said: ‘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.’

Tyneside musician Sam Fender added: ‘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 BRIT Awards 2019 with Mastercard will be broadcast live on ITV on 20 February from The O2 Arena, London.