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Monday, November 23, 2015

Izzy Bizu, Jack Garratt and Frances: meet the Brits critics' choice shortlist

From Jools-friendly soul to earnest piano balladry, the Brits critics have stuck to the score in picking the roster of Britain’s next top acts. But are any of them destined for Adele-style dominance?

Love them, loathe them or occasionally tweet snarky things about them, those Brits critics’ choice winners have a history of success. Last year’s victor, James Bay, has not only had a fruitful year in terms of musical triumphs, spending numerous weeks at the top of the UK album chart with his debut, The Chaos and the Calm, but has also been inducted into the upper echelons of celebrity society. His face can currently be seen prancing alongside an all-star ensemble including Naomi Campbell, Romeo Beckham and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Burberry’s big-budget Christmas ad.

So who is set to sing an acoustic rendition of Stevie Wonder’s Happy Birthday at Prince George’s third birthday party next year? Who will soundtrack every goal, every tear-soaked charity montage, every beautifully baked Spanish windtorte on the Bake Off? Which lucky soul will join the likes of Bay and past critics’ choice winners Adele, Florence + The Machine, Ellie Goulding and Sam Smith as one of the UK’s biggest global exports? The winner will be announced on Friday 27 November, but today they have revealed the three shortlisted artists for this year’s prize: Izzy Bizu, Frances and Jack Garratt.

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by Harriet Gibsone via Electronic music | The Guardian