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As the tip season begins in earnest, the Brit Awards have named the shortlist its annual Rising Star award. London pop star Bree Runway, Lincolnshire songwriter Holly Humberstone and London ballad Lola Young – who makes up the soundtrack to John Lewis ‘festive commercial this year – will compete for the award formerly known as Critics’ Choice Award.

As in 2019 and 2018, the three nominees are female solo artists. They hope to follow in the footsteps of previous winners like Adele, Sam Fender, Rag’n’Bone Man and last year’s winner Griff. The award is open to UK artists who have not reached a UK Top 20 album or more than a Top 20 single by October 31, 2021.

Hackney-born Bree Runway, 29, was cheered on by Rihanna and Missy Elliott – who she will later collaborate with on her 2020 single ATM – as she progressed on social media, releasing her first two EPs on her own . In 2018, she signed with Virgin EMI and released other collaborations with rappers like Brooke Candy, Yung Baby Tate and UK group Glass Animals.

Bree Runway: ATM ft Missy Elliott – vidéo

She was shortlisted for the BBC Sound of 2021 poll, was named Vogue Darling for the magazine’s January 2021 issue, and was acclaimed by US rappers Cardi B, Saweetie and Doja Cat. She declined to be classified as an R&B star or a rapper, citing the diversity of her sound and influences such as Elliott, Britney Spears, Kelis, Grace Jones, Freddie Mercury, Kate Bush and Daddy Yankee.

“I’m from here, but I’m not doing Afropop or Afroswing or anything,” she told Vogue. “My genre is very fluid. You close your eyes for a minute: she is a country singer. Oh, she’s a rock star. It is my comfort, this eccentric and eccentric world. She told the magazine that she dreams of being “an iconic example that a black girl can do anything and black girls are everything.”

Holly Humberstone, 21, was spotted by a manager after performing on her local radio show BBC Introducing. She developed her songwriting with Rob Milton, formerly of UK indie band Dog Is Dead, and released her debut EP, Falling Asleep at the Wheel, last year. Her intimate songwriting – distinguished by pop hooks and tiered vocal harmonies that drew comparisons with Lorde – made her a pandemic star.

Holly Humberstone: Scarlett – vidéo

“I have chaos in my head all the time,” she told The Guardian last month. “When I sit down to write, I work through all of these things that I go through. When I put it in a song, it’s easier to understand. It really is my therapy.

On her second EP, The Walls Are Way Too Thin, released in early November, she collaborated with 1975’s Matty Healy. She recently returned from her first US tour, which included a live performance on the late night talk show. by Jimmy Fallon.

Lola Young, 21, grew up in South London and attended British school after winning a national open mic competition. “This school was a hub for people who maybe couldn’t be themselves at home, but they could be themselves there,” she told the Forty-Five.

Lola Young: Ruin My Make Up – vidéo

It is led by Nick Shymansky, former manager of Amy Winehouse, and Nick Huggett, the A&R who signed Adele to XL Recordings. She released her debut album Intro in 2019, followed by EPs Renaissance and After Midnight, acclaimed by Annie Mac, Clara Amfo and Gilles Peterson.

She spent 2021 writing her debut album with producer Paul Epworth. His influences include Joni Mitchell, Anderson .Paak, Prince and Alanis Morissette. His cover of the 1984 song Together in Electric Dreams, originally by Phil Oakey and Giorgio Moroder, is the soundtrack for this year’s John Lewis Christmas commercial.

The Rising Star winner is announced on December 10. The Brit Awards 2022 will take place on February 8 at the O2 Arena in London. A new host, comedian Mo Gilligan, replaces Jack Whitehall, who has led the ceremony for the past four years.

The Brit Awards recently announced that they will be removing the gender categories that separate male and female talent. A new artist of the year award will replace the male and female UK solo artist categories; the international artist of the year will replace the previously gendered international solo awards.

At the 2021 ceremony, British non-binary pop singer Sam Smith was excluded from gender categories for the solo artist. They replied, “I look forward to a time when the awards show can reflect the society we live in. Let’s celebrate everyone, regardless of gender, race, age, ability, sexuality and class.

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