Brit Awards announce Critics’ Choice shortlist for 2017

Winner will be announced next week (December 8)

The BRITs 2017 Critics’ Choice Award shortlist 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.

It’s been today announced that the three acts shortlisted for next year’s Critics’ Choice Award are former Rudimental singer Anne-Marie, emerging popstar Dua Lipa and blues/R&B artist Rag’n’Bone ManPrevious Critics’ Choice winners include Adele, Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé, Ellie Goulding and Florence and the Machine.

“I actually can’t believe I am nominated for this amazing award. This is so sick. To everyone who voted for me I am so grateful and humbled, here’s to 2017!”, Anne-Marie said of the news.

Dua Lipa said: “I couldn’t believe it when I got the news. So honoured and grateful to be nominated for the Critics’ Choice Award. This is the highlight of my year. I’ve said so many times, that I’ve hit a lot of milestones this year from performing at Glastonbury, to doing my own European tour, never doing the same thing two days in a row and going to places I’ve never been before. Truly living my dream, this is the icing on the cake. A huge dream of mine! Thank you for all the love and support from the bottom of my heart this means the world to me! Thank you.”

Rag’n’Bone Man, meanwhile, said: “It’s bonkers that I’ve been nominated for Critics’ Choice. Absolutely bonkers, I’ve been grafting, I built a strong fan base over the years with help from good people that put their faith in me. And now this! I’m very grateful.”

The Critics’ Choice Award is chosen by a panel of journalists and industry insiders. The winner will be announced next week, on December 8.

Read more: Dua Lipa’s Got Her Eyes On Chart Domination

Next year’s Zaha Hadid-designed trophies were unveiled earlier this week.

Robbie Williams will receive the 2017’s BRITs Icon Award. The former member of Take That has already won the Outstanding Contribution To Music award, and now will be honoured for earning “a special place” in UK fans’ hearts with his “enduring appeal and his exceptional track record of hit singles”.

Robbie Williams recently revealed that he sent one of his Brit Awards to Wayne Rooney. “I’ve given [the awards] away. Dad’s got one, my mum’s got a couple, Wayne Rooney’s got one…” the singer said.

He added: “I was stoned and Wayne got injured in a match, and I shouted to my manager: ‘Michael, will you send a Brit to Wayne Rooney? Tell him to get better from me’… But it was well intentioned, and he sent me a pair of signed football boots. So, good deal!”

Watch Craig David speak to NME at this year’s BRIT Awards below: