Stefflon Don, Jorja Smith and Mabel in running for BRITs' Critics' Choice Award

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 November 2017
Stefflon Don

Stefflon Don

Three females will go head-to-head to nab 2018's BRITS' Critics Choice Award - Stefflon Don, Jorja Smith and Mabel

Stefflon Don, Jorja Smith and Mabel will battle it out to receive the BRITs 2018 Critics' Choice Award.

The 'Envy Us' hitmaker - whose fans are called dons - came to prominence this year after collaborating with US pop star Demi Lovato and Jax Jones on 'Instruction' and the rapper said she was feeling "lit" about being shortlisted for the prestigious accolade previously handed to the likes of Ellie Goulding, James Bay and Adele.

She said: "I am so excited to be nominated for this amazing award. A big shout out to all my fans and dons for their support. 2017 has been lit and I can't wait for 2018! Mad love to you all."

The 26-year-old beauty - whose real name is Stephanie Allen - faces competition from Drake's protégé Jorja Smith, the voice featured on the hip-hop star's track 'Get It Together'.

She said: "It's an honour to be recognised amongst such incredible emerging talent. 2017 was a very special year and there's so much more to come from me in 2018!"

And the last in the all-female list in the running for the accolade, is Mabel - the daughter of singer and songwriter Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack record producer Cameron McVey - who is over the moon with the nomination.

She commented: "Being nominated for the Critics' Choice award really is a dream come true for me. So much hard work has gone into getting to this point, so to be acknowledged by something like the BRIT Awards means the world."

Since its inception in 2008 - when Adele won - the Critics Choice Award has helped launch the careers of the likes of Florence + The Machine, Jessie J, Emeli Sande, Tom Odell, Sam Smith, Jack Garratt and this year's winner Rag 'n' Bone Man.

The Critics' Choice winner will be announced on Monday (04.12.17), and will be the first recipient of Anish Kapoor's award.

The 2018 BRIT Awards, sponsored by Mastercard, takes place on February 21 at London's The O2 arena.

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