Sam Smith Wins Brits Critics' Choice Award
Chart-topping singer Sam Smith has won the Brits Critics' Choice award ahead of next year's event.
The 21-year-old singer-songwriter joins the likes of Adele, Jessie J and Emeli Sande - all past winners of the award, which recognises up-and-coming artists.
Smith recently signed a deal with Capitol records but he has already had a UK number one hit after his vocals featured on Naughty Boy's track La La La earlier this year.
He has also recorded with electronic music duo Disclosure.
Smith beat Ella Eyre and Chloe Howl to claim the prize, making him only the second male winner after Tom Odell since the inaugural award in 2008.
Voted for by industry experts, the award is open to artists releasing their debut album in 2014.
Smith's solo collection is due out in the Spring with the first single, Money On My Mind, released in February when he will also headline his own tour.
Last year's winner, Odell, will present Smith with his award during the 2014 Brit nominations on January 9.
Milliner Philip Treacy, who has created memorable headgear for the likes of Lady Gaga, Madonna and Princess Beatrice, has designed the trophies for the 2014 Brit Awards.
The ceremony, which will be held at London's O2 Arena, will be hosted for the fifth and final time by actor James Corden.
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