Rising stars Chloe Howl, Sam Smith and Ella Eyre have been nominated for the 2014 BRITs Critics' Choice Award, with the winner set to be announced early next year.
Since launching in 2008, winners of the award have included Adele, Florence & The Machine, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J, Emeli Sandé and Tom Odell - all of whom have gone on to achieve pretty spectacular success, obviously.
The award is chosen by a team of experts including the music editors of national newspapers, key music and lifestyle magazines and music websites plus the heads of music at major radio and music TV stations. The Award is open to artists signed to a label who are set to release their debut albums in 2014 and over 100 artists from a range of genres were considered for the award.
All three of the artists also feature on the BBC Sound Of 2014 longlist, so are more or less destined for huge things in the year ahead.
The winner of the shortlist will be announce on Thursday 12 December 2013, with the rest of the 2014 BRIT Award nominees revealed in January. The ceremony itself will take place on Wednesday 19 February at The O2 in London.
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