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The 2022 Brit Awards, which will be taking place on Tuesday 8th February, is one the most highly anticipated music award ceremonies in the UK. As the new year and next ceremony slowly approaches with us patiently awaiting the announcement of the nominees in each category, the shortlist for the ‘BRIT Rising Star Award’ have recently been announced!

Supported by BBC Radio 1 and given by the BPI (British Phonographic Industry), which is an organisation that represents record companies and artists in the UK, this prestigious award has formerly been known as the Critics’ Choice and recognises pop’s ones-to-watch. In slightly more detail, the individuals that are shortlisted for this award are determined by the Brit Awards voting academy, and they are those that the academy believe will make the biggest impact on music in the year that they are awarded.

Multifaceted talent Griff currently holds reign of this award. In previous years, it has also been won by the likes of Adele in 2008, Emeli Sande in 2012, Sam Smith in 2014, James Bay in 2015 and Jorja Smith in 2018. This year, the shortlist demonstrated a strong women-led line up for 2022! The three contenders are: Bree Runway, Holly Humberstone and Lola Young.

Bree Runway’s love for music and bright future was displayed from her youthful days when she performed for Michelle Obama in her school at the age of 14 years old. Following on to post viral ’mirror covers’, the East London singer received likes from Rihanna, 6lack and even from iconic legend Missy Elliot who she collaborated with this year in her single ‘ATM’. Now with an army of international celebrities in her fanbase, Runway has also won the BET award for the Best New International Act and received two MOBO nominations. She says “I feel so honoured to be recognised by the BRITs in this way, it’s all so exciting especially as previous nominees have gone on to do such amazing things…” and she mentions that attending the BRIT Awards as a Rising Star nominee is a “DREAM”.

Holly Humberstone was chosen as Youtube’s next Artist On The Rise and Deezer’s Focus artist, the 21 year old has been identified as a new global talent with a sound that ‘belongs to the night’ with a vibe of ’moonlight flashes and twilight tinges’ which also landed her as runner up in the BBC Sound of 2021. She has garnered over 200 million streams to date globally and had groundbreaking performances on Jimmy Fallon and James Corden. She says “Music has always been my entire life, and being nominated for such a prestigious award really means everything to me!”, mentioning that she’s honoured to be nominated alongside “two other incredibly inspiring female artists.”

Lola Young grew up in South London writing songs at the age of 11, and had already won a national open mic competition by the age of 13. Since attending the BRIT school, her EP releases have all received significant critical acclaim with support from the likes of Annie Mac, MistaJam and DJ Target. James Corden also asked the 21 year old personally to perform one of her latest singles with award-winning producer Paul Epworth on The Late Late Show, and she is the latest voice of this year’s acclaimed John Lewis Christmas Advert. Young says “I actually have to pinch myself looking at the other artists that have been nominated previously.” She also says being nominated for this award “is such a big step” for her and it feels “surreal and completely unexpected”.



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