Izzy Bizu, Jack Garratt and Frances up for BRIT Critics’ Choice Award

The BRIT Awards’ Critics Choice Award 2016 will go to one of three nominees – and the shortlist has now been revealed.

Last year’s winner James Bay’s debut album Chaos and the Calm charted at Number One upon its release in March and has gone on to become the only new artist album in the UK this year to reach platinum sales.

The BRIT Awards 2016 Critics Choice shortlist is made up of the following:

Izzy Bizu (pictured), who said: “I’m so honoured to be nominated for the BRITs Critics’ Choice Award this year, following in the footsteps of amazingly talented artists like Adele, Emeli Sande and James Bay so thank you! I grew up watching the BRITs on the TV at home so it’s pretty exciting to be a part of it!”

Frances, who said: “It’s such a huge honour to be nominated for the Critics’ Choice award. I’ve followed the BRITs my whole life, but never thought I’d be lucky enough to be nominated…It’s amazing to be a part of something that has included so many of my idols and musical inspirations. An amazing feeling. Thank you.”’ 

Jack Garratt, who said: “It’s amazing to be nominated for the BRITs Critics’ Choice Award 2016. It’s such a significant award that highlights the importance of new music, so it’s a genuine honour to have been nominated alongside some other incredible new acts from the UK.”

The Critics’ Choice Award is chosen by a team of experts including the music editors of national newspapers, key music and lifestyle magazines and music websites plus the heads of music at major radio and music TV stations.

The Award is open to artists signed to a label who are set to release their debut albums in 2016 and over 100 artists from a range of genres were considered for the award.

The 2016 Critics’ Choice Award winner will be announced on Friday 27th November.

Since it launched in 2008 the Critics’ Choice Award winners have sold in excess of 21 million albums worldwide.

Past Critics’ Choice winners:

2008 Adele

2009 Florence + The Machine

2010 Ellie Goulding

2011 Jessie J

2012 Emeli Sandé

2013 Tom Odell

2014 Sam Smith

2015 James Bay

The BRIT Awards 2016 with MasterCard will take place on Wednesday 24th February 2016 at London’s O2 Arena and will be broadcast live on ITV.  Ant & Dec will return as hosts.Music Business Worldwide

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