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Holly Humberstone, Bree Runway and Lola Young nominated for BRITs Rising Star award

The awards take place in London next February

By Will Richards

Holly Humberstone, Bree Runway and Lola Young looking at the camera in a composite photo
Holly Humberstone, Bree Runway and Lola Young. Credit: JMEnternational.

Holly Humberstone, Bree Runway and Lola Young are the three artists nominated for the 2022 BRITs Rising Star award.

Won by Griff in 2021, the annual award crowns the most exciting new talent in the UK at the BRIT Awards in February.

Toasting her nomination, Bree Runway said: “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, I hope I’m struck by that same luck. Attending the BRITs alone has been something I’ve wanted to do for years, but attending as a Rising Star nominee is a DREAM.”

Humberstone added: “Music has always been my entire life, and being nominated for such a prestigious award really means everything to me. Recognition from the BRITs is something I am struggling to comprehend at the moment! it’s truly an honour to be nominated for the BRITs Rising Star Award alongside two other incredibly inspiring female artists.”

I can’t believe I’ve been nominated for this award,” Young said. “It feels surreal and completely unexpected. I actually have to pinch myself looking at the other artists that have been nominated previously. It is such a big step for me and I feel very excited to have been nominated!”

Last week (November 22), the BRIT Awards announced full details of its 2022 ceremony, including the reveal of new host Mo Gilligan, who is replacing Jack Whitehall, who spent four years hosting the show.

The traditional ‘Male’ and ‘Female’ award categories will be removed at the 2022 BRITs and replaced instead with ‘Artist of the Year’ and ‘International Artist of the Year’ at the February 8 ceremony at The O2 in London, in a move designed to be as inclusive as possible so artists are celebrated for their work first and foremost.

Speaking about the new category changes, BRIT chair and Co-President of Polydor Records, Tom March said: “It is important that The BRITs continue to evolve and aim to be as inclusive as possible. It feels completely the right time to celebrate the achievements of artists for the music that they create, and the work that they do, irrespective of gender.

“I’m really excited to launch four new genre awards, which create even more opportunities for artists to be acknowledged for the brilliant music they create and produce, and give music fans the chance to get involved and vote to support their artists and help them to win a BRIT.”

The ceremony will also celebrate Producers of the Year and Songwriter of the year, honorary awards decided upon by the BRITs committee. The rest of the awards are decided on by a Voting Academy of approximately 1200 music industry experts across media, artists, labels, publishers, promoters, retailers and more.