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21/02/2018 06:01 GMT | Updated 07/12/2018 11:47 GMT

Brit Awards 2019: Sam Fender Named Critics' Choice Winner, But How Did Past Recipients Do?

The award has helped spawn many a British star, while others have failed to live up to the title.

Since 2009, one of the staples of the Brits has been finding out who organisers are naming their pick for the Critics’ Choice Awards, the idea being that the recipient is someone the music academy believes will have an impact on the industry in the next year.

Credit to them, they’ve been right on a number of occasions, with past winners like Adele and Sam Smith having made a huge splash on both sides of the Atlantic since bagging the award. But of course, there have also been a couple of exceptions.

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This year, the title has gone to singer/songwriter Sam Fender, and as you can see from the above image, he’s practically beside himself with excitement.

He said: “I am truly humbled to win the Brits Critics’ Choice award.  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.

“Most importantly, a big shout to my fans. I’ve met a lot of you over the last few years and it’s truly an honour to get up and play night after night to such a wonderful bunch of people.”

Before he steps up to collect his award at next year’s ceremony, let’s see what his predecessors have done since earning the coveted music title...

  • Adele (2008)
    Adele (2008)
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    In numbers: 3 albums, 2 UK number one singles, 9 Brit Awards, 15 Grammys

    Biggest achievement: Where do we even start? Adele has broken more records than we can count during her career, but we'd say '21' being the fourth biggest-selling album of all time in the UK is a pretty impressive feat.

    Did the Brits' Critics get it right?: Oh yes.
  • Florence And The Machine (2009)
    Florence And The Machine (2009)
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    In numbers: 3 albums, 2 UK number one singles, 2 Brit Awards, 0 Grammys

    Biggest achievement: Headlining Glastonbury in 2015. Her slot was boosted to top billing when Foo Fighters were forced to pull out due to injury, and wound up being one of the year's festival highlights.

    Did the Brits' Critics get it right?: Definitely.
  • Ellie Goulding (2010)
    Ellie Goulding (2010)
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    In numbers: 3 albums, 2 UK number one singles, 2 Brit Awards, 0 Grammys

    Biggest achievement: Being chosen to perform at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding in 2011.

    Did the Brits' Critics get it right?: We know she's not everyone's cup of tea, but Ellie has undeniably had huge success since winning her first Brit.
  • Jessie J (2011)
    Jessie J (2011)
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    In numbers: 3 albums (with a fourth coming in 2018), 3 UK number one singles, 1 Brit Awards, 0 Grammys

    Biggest achievement: Hitting the top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic (with a bit of help from Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj) with 'Bang Bang'.

    Did the Brits' Critics get it right?: She's certainly enjoyed commercial success since her Critics' Choice win, so yes.
  • Emeli Sandé (2012)
    Emeli Sandé (2012)
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    In numbers: 2 albums, 2 UK number one singles, 4 Brit Awards, 0 Grammys

    Biggest achievement: Performing during both the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics

    Did the Brits' Critics get it right?: Yep.
  • Tom Odell (2013)
    Tom Odell (2013)
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    In numbers: 2 albums, 0 UK number one singles, 1 Brit Award, 0 Grammys

    Biggest achievement: Landing the coveted John Lewis ad spot in 2014, covering John Lennon's 'Real Love'.

    Did the Brits' Critics get it right?: The first male winner, Tom is also the first on this list who's never really shaken off the 'Critics' Choice' label. So, we don't necessarily want to say "no", but also...
  • Sam Smith (2014)
    Sam Smith (2014)
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    In numbers: 2 albums, 7 UK number one singles, 3 Brit Awards, 4 Grammys

    Biggest achievement: Being the first gay man to ever win an Oscar.

    Did the Brits' Critics get it right?: He's a divisive figure (even over at the Brits, apparently, as he was totally snubbed in 2018), but there's no arguing with his success.
  • James Bay (2015)
    James Bay (2015)
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    In numbers: 2 albums, 0 UK number one singles, 2 Brit Awards, 0 Grammys

    Biggest achievement: Scooping three Grammy nominations, including for Best New Artist.

    Did the Brits' Critics get it right?: Album number two 'Electric Light' didn't quite live up to his debut, but still peaked at number two, so we'd say he was still a good choice.
  • Jack Garratt (2016)
    Jack Garratt (2016)
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    In numbers: 1 album, 0 UK number one singles, 1 Brit Awards, 0 Grammys

    Biggest achievement: Getting critical acclaim for his debut album, 'Phase'.

    Did the Brits' Critics get it right?: Again, we don't wish to be unkind to Jack Garratt. But was he genuinely the most promising new artist in Great Britain in 2016?
  • Rag'n'Bone Man (2017)
    Rag'n'Bone Man (2017)
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    In numbers: 1 album, 0 UK number one singles, 3 Brit Awards, 0 Grammys

    Biggest achievement: Winning Best British Single at the 2018 Brits for his track 'Human'.

    Did the Brits' Critics get it right?: Given that a year after his win, Rag'n'Bone Man found himself up for a  further three awards at the Brits, one of which he even won, we doubt he's going anywhere for the time being.
  • Jorja Smith (2018)
    Jorja Smith (2018)
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    In numbers: 1 album, 0 UK number one singles, 1 Brit Awards, 0 Grammys

    Biggest achievement: Being chosen by rapper Kendrick Lamar to appear on the soundtrack to the box office smash 'Black Panther', which he curated.

    Did the Brits' Critics get it right?: We think so, yes.
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