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FLO announced as BRITs Rising Star winners for 2023

"We are so shocked and grateful," said FLO of becoming the first group to ever win the BRITs Rising Star award.

By Nick Reilly

The BRIT Awards 2023 Rising Star winners, FLO. (Photo by JM Enternational)

FLO have been confirmed as the winner of the prestigious BRITs Rising Star award, following in the footsteps of Adele, Florence & The Machine and Sam Fender.

The award, formerly known as the Critics’ Choice award, recognises upcoming talent who are yet to score an Official Album Charts Top 20 or had more than one Top 20 in the Official Singles Chart as of October 31, 2022.

FLO have now been confirmed as the next winners and the first ever group to pick up the prestigious prize. The news was revealed earlier this evening by Clara Amfo on her BBC Radio 1 Future Sounds show.

FLO said: “From growing up watching the BRITs, to finding each other and forming FLO, releasing our first body of work in 2022 and winning a BRIT award in the same year!! We are so shocked and grateful. We are the first group to win the BRITs Rising Star! We’ve just made history and couldn’t have done it without our wonderful fans and supportive families. It’s truly a dream come true. We feel so empowered creating the music we love and we hope others feel that too.”

The girlband, whose debut EP The Lead has now amassed over 70 million streams, saw off competition from the likes of producer Nia Archives and Cat Burns to win the prize.

Comprised of friends Renée Downer, Jorja Douglas and Stella Quaresma, FLO also featured in Rolling Stone UK earlier this year where they discussed their plans for success.

“As a band we’re incredibly hard-working and hold ourselves to the highest standard. We never want to do something without giving our all,” Renée Downer said.

In addition to announcing FLO’s victory, today also sees the BRITs confirming all the categories for next year’s ceremony on Saturday February 11. You can check them out in full below.

The full category list for 2023 will be as follows:

Artist of the Year with YouTube Music

Group of the Year

BRITs Rising Star supported by BBC Radio 1

Best New Artist

Song of the Year with Mastercard supported by Capital FM

Mastercard Album of the Year

International Artist of the Year

International Group of the Year

Alternative/Rock Act

Pop/R&B Act

Dance Act

Hip Hop/Rap/Grime Act