December 15, 2011 8:01
Emeli Sande wins 2012 Brits Critics' Choice Award
Singer takes prize ahead of Maverick Sabre and Michael Kiwanuka
The singer, who topped the UK Singles Charts when she featured on Professor Green's track 'Read All About It' in October this year, beat Maverick Sabre and Michael Kiwanuka to the award, who came in second and third place respectively.
Speaking about her triumph, Sande said:
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.
The award for newcomers, which is in its fifth year, is voted for by a panel of music industry and media experts. Emeli Sande follows in the footsteps of Jessie J, Ellie Goulding, Florence And The Machine and Adele in winning the gong.
The Brit Awards will take place at the O2 Arena on February 21 next year. Earlier this month, it was 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.
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