Sam Fender has been named the winner of the Brit Awards 2019 Critics' Choice Award – the annual prize recognizing "future British recording talent" previously won by Adele, Sam Smith and Florence and the Machine.
The 24-year-old singer-songwriter from Newcastle said he was “truly humbled” to win the award, chosen by a panel of music editors and critics, plus heads of music at U.K. radio and music TV stations. Since Adele won the first ever Critics' Choice Award in 2008, its 11 recipients have sold over 90 million albums worldwide, say Brit Award organizers BPI.
Accepting this year's award, Fender said "being nominated was crazy enough, never mind winning it. I’m so grateful to everyone back home for believing, and to my band and team for all their hard work. We've played literally hundreds of shows this year, and we're going to go even harder in 2019."