January 10, 2014 13:08
Nick Grimshaw and BBC Sound Of winner Sam Smith joke about Lily Allen's 'big mouth' Lily Allen Tickets
The singer, who is related to the winner, announced the news a day early
Sam Smith, known for his appearance on Disclosure's hit 'Latch' and Naughty Boy's 'La La La', was today (January 10) officially named as the winner of the ones-to-watch prize, which is awarded from a shortlist picked by 170 UK-based critics, broadcasters and bloggers.
"I can reveal the worst kept secret thanks to Lily Allen’s big mouth yesterday on Twitter that the recipient of the Sound Of 2014 is… Sam Smith," Nick Grimshaw said on his show this morning.
The BBC had been building up to the announcement all week, however after reading a post on Popjustice predicting the winner, Allen thought the announcement had been made officially and tweeted congratulations to Smith to her 4.5 million followers yesterday (January 9).
Speaking on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show this morning, Smith revealed that the pair are third cousins, but that they have never met because his family is "huge".
Last year, Haim won BBC Sound Of 2013. They went on to sell more than 100,000 copies of September's debut album 'Days Are Gone' in the UK.
Smith is also the winner of this year's Brits Critics' Choice Award, which he said left him feeling "overwhelmed".
The final placing of the BBC Sound Of 2014 list is as follows:
1: Sam Smith
2: Ella Eyre
5: George Ezra
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