Emeli Sande, Maverick Sabre and Michael Kiwanuka nominated for Brits Critics' Choice Award

Winner will be announced on December 15

Emeli Sande, Maverick Sabre and Michael Kiwanuka nominated for Brits Critics' Choice Award

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Emeli Sande, Maverick Sabre and Michael Kiwanuka have been nominated for the Critics' Choice Award at next year's Brit Awards.

The three acts will find out if they have won the top accolade on December 15. The ceremony will then be held at the O2 Arena on February 21, 2012.

In previous years it has been awarded to Jessie J, Ellie Goulding, Florence And The Machine and Adele.

Yesterday (December 8) it was also announced that Blur will receive the Outstanding Contribution To Music award at the 2012 event. Previous winners of that gong include the band's Britpop rivals Oasis, as well as Paul McCartney, The Who, U2 and Queen.

Frontman Damon Albarn welcomed the accolade, commenting that it is "recognition for all the work and all the heartache that has gone into this band." Scroll down and click below to see an exclusive NME video interview with the band's bassist Alex James, where he talks about the possibility of Blur recording together again.

Gavin And Stacey star James Corden will host next year's Brit Awards for the the third time running. Arcade Fire and Tinie Tempah were the biggest winners at this year's event, taking home two gongs each.

Mumford and Sons, Laura Marling, Take That, Plan B and Rihanna were also among the other winners.

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