BRITs Critics’ Choice 2018 nominees announced

The shortlist for the new artist prize has been confirmed by organisers ahead of a special ceremony next week

The shortlist for the BRITs Critics’ Choice 2018 award has been announced.

The award, which recognises “the future stars of British recording talent”, has previously been given to the likes of Adele (2008), Emeli Sandé (2012) and Sam Smith (2014). Rag’n’Bone Man took home the prize last year.

This year’s Critics’ Choice prize will be awarded to one of the three following nominees: Jorja Smith, Mabel and Stefflon Don.

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Jorja Smith

The three artists came out on top of a poll of over 100 artists, with the top three picks chosen by an expert team which included music editors of national newspapers, music and lifestyle magazines, music websites and heads of music at major radio and music TV stations.

Mabel

The winner of the Critics’ Choice award will be presented with the prize during a special ceremony on December 4, with the winner set to be the first recipient of the new Anish Kapoor designed award.

The BRIT Awards 2018 will be held on February 21, 2018 at The O2 in London.

Stefflon Don recently released a single with Skepta, and the artist spoke to NME earlier this month to shed light on how the collaboration came about.

“We actually didn’t go in the studio together, but I know Skepta and we talk, we’re friends,” she said. “He’s cool, very humble. It’s very much a banger, but I’ll let you decide.”