Critics' Choice (Brit Award)

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Critics' Choice Award
Awarded forAchievement in Excellent Musically and Lyrically Act
CountryUnited Kingdom (UK)
Presented byBritish Phonographic Industry (BPI)
First awarded2008
Currently held bySam Fender (2019)

The Critics' Choice Award is an award given by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), an organisation which represents record companies and artists in the United Kingdom.[1] The accolade is presented at the Brit Awards, an annual celebration of British and international music.[2] The winners and nominees are determined by the Brit Awards voting academy with over one-thousand members, which comprise record labels, publishers, managers, agents, media, and previous winners and nominees.[3] The nominees are British artists who the academy believe will make the biggest impact on music in the coming year. The winner is announced in November prior to the awards ceremony.

The award was first presented in 2008 and has been awarded every year since then. Sam Fender is the most current winner.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Inaugural winner Adele
Tom Odell was the first male winner
Year Recipient Nominees Ref.
2008 Adele
2009 Florence and 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 [4]
2018 Jorja Smith [5]
2019 Sam Fender [6]

Multiple nominations and awards[edit]



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  2. ^ "BRIT Awards". British Phonographic Industry (BPI). Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  3. ^ "And the nominees are..." British Phonographic Industry (BPI). Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Critics' Choice Winner 2017". Brit Awards. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  5. ^ Savage, Mark (2017-11-29). "Brits Critics' Choice list is all-female". BBC News. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  6. ^ "Critics' Choice Award Shortlist Announced!". BRIT Awards. Retrieved 2018-11-29.