Brits critics' choice award won by Sam Fender

Newcastle-based singer says he is ‘humbled’ to scoop industry bellwether award previously won by Adele and Sam Smith

Sam Fender has been announced as the winner of the Brits critics’ choice award, the industry-voted prize previously won by Adele, Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding.

The prize is presented ahead of the Brit awards on 20 February. Figures in the media and music industry are asked to nominate artists they believe will enjoy future success but who haven’t yet scored a UK Top 40 album. Fender was nominated on a shortlist alongside R&B singer Mahalia and singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi.

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Source: theguardian.com
Brits critics' choice award won by Sam Fender