Rag’n’Bone Man, Dua Lipa and Anne-Marie were all shortlisted
The BRITs 2017 Critics’ Choice Award winner has been revealed.
The 2017 ceremony will be held on February 24 at the O2 arena and broadcast on ITV2. Singer Michael Buble is due to host the event. The last two years have seen the ceremony presented by Ant & Dec, while James Corden was the host for four years prior to that.
Having been previously announced that the three acts shortlisted for the 2017 Critics’ Choice Award are former Rudimental singer Anne-Marie, emerging popstar Dua Lipa and blues/R&B artist Rag’n’Bone Man.
It’s now been confirmed that Rag’n’Bone Man (real name Rory Graham) is the overall winner of the prize, chosen by a panel of journalists and industry insiders. Previous Critics’ Choice winners include Adele, Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé, Ellie Goulding and Florence and the Machine.
Graham says of the news: “I thought they had made a mistake. I was up against two pop giants. It’s bloody brilliant! I’m crazy happy. Proper massive grin”.
Watch Rag’n’Bone Man perform ‘Human’ and ‘Odetta’ at Abbey Road as part of the Critics Choice sessions beneath:
Graham will be presented with the Critics’ Choice Award at the BRITs nominations launch on January 14. He will also perform on the ITV broadcast show, alongside Olly Murs, Craig David, Christine and the Queens and Calum Scott.