December 20, 2012 10:10

Tom Odell wins Brits Critics' Choice Award

Lily Allen-tipped singer tops critics poll

Tom Odell wins Brits Critics' Choice Award

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Tom Odell has been named winner of the Brits Critics' Choice Award.

The singer-songwriter, who recently released his debut EP 'Songs From Another Love', is the first ever male winner of the award. Speaking about the accolade, he said: "I genuinely can’t believe it. Thank you so much. Looking at the list of amazing female artists who have won the Award already, I just hope I don’t let the boys down!"

Lily Allen previously tipped Odell in NME. "He was discovered by a friend of mine," she said.

I went to see him play and signed him to my label straight away. His voice is fragile yet powerful and he sings mainly love songs. I'm not usually a massive fan of singer-songwriter stuff, but when I saw him live his energy onstage reminded me of David Bowie. It's not soppy and moany at all, it's energetic and insightful. And he's totally gorgeous as well! Blond hair and blue eyes, and simply just lovely.

The Critics’ Choice Award is chosen by a music industry panel and is for British acts who are yet to release a debut album. In previous years it has been awarded to Emeli Sandé (2012), Jessie J (2011), Ellie Goulding (2010), Florence And The Machine (2009) and Adele (2008). AlunaGeorge and Laura Mvula were voted as runners up.

The organisers of the Brit Awards have also announced the full list of categories for next year's awards, which will include a new Brits Global Success Award for the act with the highest international sales achieved during the 2012 calendar year, excluding UK sales.

The Brits 2013 will also see the return of British Live Act for the first time since 2009.

The full list of categories for the BRIT Awards 2013 is as follows:

British Male Solo Artist
British Female Solo Artist
British Breakthrough Act
British Group
British Live Act
Critics’ Choice
British Single
MasterCard British Album of the Year
Brits Global Success
British Producer Of The Year
International Male Solo Artist
International Female Solo Artist
International Group
Special Recognition Award - To be awarded to War Child

The Brits 2013 will take place on Wednesday February 20, 2013 at the O2 Arena, London

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