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Shortlist for BRITs Rising Star 2023 revealed

The winner of the award will be announced next week

By Nick Reilly

From clockwise top left: Cat Burns, Nia Archives and FLO

The shortlist for the BRITs Rising Star award for 2023 has been revealed.

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.

Selected by a panel of experts including critics, songwriters and producers, the award has previously been won by the likes of Sam Fender, Adele, Sam Smith and Florence & The Machine. The most recent winner is Holly Humberstone.

It’s now been announced that Cat Burns, FLO and Nia Archives are all in the running for next year’s prize. The winner will be announced next Thursday (December 8).

Burns, who dropped her debut EP Emotionally Unavailable earlier this year said: “A BRITs Rising Star nomination was a major thing on my bucket list for me this year, so to have achieved that honestly means the world to me.

“I’m super grateful for the year I’ve had and am so honoured to have been chosen!”

FLO, who featured in Rolling Stone UK earlier this year, added: “It’s a dream come true to receive a BRIT nomination less than a year after dropping our first single. We all grew up watching the BRITs with our mums, and have been inspired by the girl groups and powerful female artists who have performed on that stage.

 Nia Archives added: “Words won’t describe how I’m feeling about being nominated for the BRITs Rising Star. Growing up and watching it on TV, I really never thought it could happen to someone like me. I’m just so overwhelmed and happy right now.”