Celebrities were in full force at the BRIT Awards 2018 Nominations Launch at ITV Studios in London on Saturday night.
Hosted by Emma Willis, there were set to be performances from Clean Bandit, J Hus, Jorja Smith, Liam Payne and Paloma Faith, and – Jorja Smith, from Walsall, was to be joined by Stormzy for her performance.
The UK’s rising star Jorja Smith, is a 19-year-old singer from the Midlands, who was named on BBC Music Sound of 2017 ‘ones to watch’ list comprising 15 new artists tipped for big things in the next year.
Jorja Smith has won the 2018 Critics Choice Award and received her Award at the Nominations launch on 13 January 2018 where she also performed.
The Award tops an incredible year of success for Jorja Smith which has seen her collaborate with Drake on two tracks from his ‘More Life’ album, ‘Get it Together’ and ‘Jorja Interlude’.
Jorja also performed as a special guest at Drake’s UK headline shows.
On the last tour date at Barclaycard Arena superstar singer Drake surprised fans by making a special shout out to the Black Country singer.
The Hotline Bling singer brought out Jorja on stage as one of his opening acts, saying: “She’s from Walsall.”
In 2016 her Dizzee Rascal inspired debut single ‘Blue Lights’ caught the attention of music critics and she has continued to grow a following with tracks like ‘Teenage Fantasy’ and ‘On My Mind’.
On winning the award, Jorja said: “I cannot believe it, it’s been an unforgettable 2017 during which I’ve fulfilled so many of my dreams and this is such a special way to end the year… and to be part of an all female shortlist alongside Mabel and Stefflon Don, who’ve both had incredible 2017s, makes it even better!
“There’s lots more to come in 2018 from all of us and I will do my best to make it another memorable year!”
Mabel and Stefflon Don are this year’s runners up to Jorja, the overall and 11th winner of the prestigious award which has been successfully predicting future stars of British recording talent since it’s inception in 2008. This year marks ten years since the first Critics’ Choice Award was given to global superstar, Adele.
BRITs Chairman and Chairman & CEO of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “The Critics’ Choice Award has an incredible track record of showcasing some of the most exciting up-and-coming artists for the last ten years. Jorja Smith has a huge future ahead of her and looks set to follow in the footsteps of the most successful past Critics’ Choice winners.”
The BRIT Awards 2018 will be held on 21 February 2018!
Source : BirminghamMail