R&B singer Jorja Smith won the Brits Critics’ Choice award, house number, you see how in the next year.
The 20-year-old coming from Walsall in the West Midlands, beating two other newcomers, Mabel and Stefflon Don, the price.
The award, which recognises that “the future stars of the UK’s recording talent,” has previously gone to Adele, Emeli Sande and last year’s winner, Rag N Bone.
“This is a special type, at the end of the year,” said Smith.
The singer, who worked on the first go, fourth place on the BBC Sound of 2017, in a Starbucks less than two years ago, when they released their first single, blue lights, the on SoundCloud.
To catch a soulful, semi-autobiographical look at her childhood in the West Midlands (it refers to the number four in the bus, you are used to at home), it quickly earned shout-outs from Stormzy, Skrillex and Drake – who put them on his, More Life mixtape earlier this year, alongside the likes of Kanye West, and Young Thug.
The Canadian R&B star also Smith invited on stage during his concerts in London’s O2 arena and the Barclays Center in Birmingham. After the second show, the couple showed up from a local Co-buy Op, the candy, to the surprise of fans.
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Jorja Smith on the BBC music
In this year, she already has two smooth-but-streetwise singles, Teenage fantasy, and My thoughts, both of which were deemed “Hottest Record In The World” by BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac.
Smith said that she “could not believe”, they would have voted with the Critics’ Choice award, by a panel of music industry experts – including critics, label employees and the head of the UK’s largest radio stations.
“It was an unforgettable 2017, during which I have met so many of my dreams,” she said.
“And part of an all-female shortlist in addition to Mabel and Stefflon Don, both of which had incredibly 2017s, it’s even better!
“There is much more to come in 2018 from all of us, and I will do my best to make it another unforgettable year.”
The Critics’ Choice prize is to be announced the first award, before the official Brit Awards ceremony, which will take place in London’s O2 Arena on February 21, 2018.
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