BRITs Critics' Choice Award 2013 shortlist announced

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Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula

AlunaGeorge, Tom Odell and Laura Mvula have been named as the shortlist for the BRITs Critics' Choice Award 2013.

AlunaGeorge, Tom Odell and Laura Mvula make up the shortlist for the BRITs Critics' Choice Award 2013.

One of the up-and-coming acts will be crowned the next big thing in British music later this month, following in the footsteps of previous winners Adele, Florence + the Machine, Ellie Goulding and Jessie J.

Laura, 22, said of her nomination: "I don't think I've experienced this kind of shock before. It's such a huge honour to be included in this prestigious shortlist, I don't think that I can put it in to words."

Laura is classically trained and started writing songs on her laptop computer while working as a supply teacher in Birmingham.

Tom, 22, studied at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music, and made his TV debut on 'Later ... With Jools Holland' last month.

He said: "I feel privileged to be in the same company as previous nominees of the caliber of Adele, Emeli Sande and Michael Kiwanuka."

AlunaGeorge - comprised of producer George Reid and singer Aluna Francis - have a 90s influenced sound mixing soul, pop and electronics with Aluna's distinctive vocals to create a highly acclaimed sound.

They said: "We both feel incredibly honoured to be shortlisted for this award. It's a great feeling to have our music recognised in such a big way."

The winner of the Critics' Choice Award will be announced on December 20.

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