Sam Fender wins the 2019 BRITs Critics Choice Award

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Sam Fender has been named the BRITs Critics' Choice for 2019.

The 24-year-old from Newcastle-upon-Tyne was voted by a panel industry experts as the overall winner ahead of fellow rising stars Mahalia and Lewis Capaldi.

“I am truly humbled to win the BRITs Critics’ Choice award," Sam commented. "Being nominated was crazy enough, never mind winning it. I’m so grateful to everyone back home for believing, and to my band and team for all their hard work. To everyone who’s taken a punt on me so far, thank you."

Sam is the 12th winner of the award, and sixth male recipient following Tom Odell, Sam Smith, James Bay, Jack Garratt and Rag'n'Bone Man. Other winners include Adele, Florence + The Machine, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J, Emeli Sande and Jorja Smith.

Here's Fender with his 2019 BRIT Award, this year designed by Sir David Adjaye OBE. 

BRITs Chairman and Chairman & CEO of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: "Many congratulations to Sam Fender on winning the BRITs Critics' Choice Award. He is an exceptional young artist, with a bright future ahead of him.

"This award has shone a spotlight on some of the most successful new acts for more than a decade, who between them have sold more than 90 million records. I wish Sam the very best and that he enjoys the same success as many of the previous winners have before him."

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