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British singer beat Banks, Ella Eyre and more to the position

Sam Smith tops BBC Sound Of 2014 poll

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Singer Sam Smith has today (January 10) been named the winner of the BBC's Sound Of 2014, the ones-to-watch prize awarded from a shortlist picked by 170 UK-based critics, broadcasters and bloggers.

Known for his appearance on Disclosure's hit 'Latch' and Naughty Boy's 'La La La', the 21-year-old from Cambridgeshire follows in the footsteps of past winners including Michael Kiwanuka, Ellie Goulding and Adele.

Smith said: "I'm completely speechless, It's a huge compliment to be recognised by the industry and the BBC in this way. I really didn't expect it," reports the BBC

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. Guitarist/singer Alana Haim said her advice for Smith was to "play as much as you can" and "get your record done".

She said: "After we won, a lot of things start happening really fast and we were kind of freaked out," she added. I think if we'd had more of our album finished before we won, it would have come out a little bit faster. But, really, you have to take a breath and realise that these people you've never met enjoy what you do."

Last night (January 9), Smith appeared at the launch event for this year's Brit Awards in London, where the Brits nominations were revealed. Smith is 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
3: Banks
4: Sampha
5: George Ezra


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