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Tom Odell Named Brits Critics' Choice Winner
Newcomer Tom Odell has been explaining to Sky News how it all started after being named the first male winner of the critics' choice prize at next year's Brit Awards.
The 22-year-old singer-songwriter follows in the footsteps of Adele, Emeli Sande and Jessie J who have all gone on to huge success.
West Sussex-born Odell, who has been writing songs since he was 13, released his debut EP Songs From Another Love earlier this year and has been widely acclaimed for his work.
The musician has appeared on BBC2's Later... With Jools Holland and is among the acts shortlisted on the BBC's Sound Of 2013 list which aims to identify the big new acts of the forthcoming year.
Odell said: "I'm thrilled and honoured to win the Brits critics' choice award. I genuinely can't believe it.
"Looking at the list of amazing female artists who have won the award already, I just hope I don't let the boys down."
He was shortlisted against AlunaGeorge and Laura Mvula for the award chosen by music experts.
Odell told Sky News his new single Another Love is "an anti-love-song" and claimed he wrote it "in about five minutes".
He went on to explain: "Sometimes the best work is just there. A music video is difficult to make. The song was a lot easier."
Asked by Eamonn Holmes about his influences, he said: "I grew up listening to Elton John. One of the first albums I listened to was Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. I am a huge Elton John fan.
"Also Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell, an American artist called Cat Power. I love Bruce Springsteen."
Odell said he had never made any active decision to become a musician, saying "I just did it.
"I have played the piano since I was seven. I have been obsessed with music since I can remember. I never said I will write a song. It kind of happened."
Brits organisers have also announced a new award to recognise the importance of UK artists overseas: the Brits global success award, which is expected to go to Adele to recognise her huge sales achievements.
But she could face some stiff competition for the new award from One Direction and Mumford And Sons.
At this year's awards, the Rolling In The Deep singer was cut off during her best album acceptance speech by host James Corden.
Brits bosses are also reintroducing the award for best British live act.
The awards take place on February 20 at London's O2 Arena, with Corden returning as host.
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