- 27 Nov 19
The all-female shortlist also includes Celeste and Beabadoobee.
Irish-Bangladeshi singer Joy Crookes is among the nominees for the Brits Rising Star Award, alongside Celeste and Beabadoobee.
I remember watching the @BRITs as a child - especially seeing my favourites like Lily Allen, Corrine Bailey Rae and Amy Winehouse up on the screen. This is an insane moment for me. I’ve always looked up to these inspiring and strong women so to be able to be recognised in the... pic.twitter.com/GASo30AVeX
— Joy Crookes (@joycrookes) November 27, 2019
Past recipients of the award, which was formerly known as the Critics Choice, include Adele, Sam Smith and Florence + The Machine. Last year's prize went to Sam Fender, whose debut album Hypersonic Missiles entered the UK charts at No.1 in September.
“We really were the underdogs,” Sam told Hot Press earlier this year. “I thought Lewis Capaldi was going to win that for fucking sure.”
2020 is gearing up to be a landmark year for the three Brits Rising Star nominees – all of whom have already been featured on prestigious end-of-year lists, including YouTube's 'Ones To Watch' (Joy Crookes and Beadadoobee), Amazon Music's 'Ones To Watch 2020' (Crookes and Celeste) and Vevo's DSCVR Artists To Watch (Crookes and Celeste).
Talking to Hot Press's Brenna Ransden in October, Crookes revealed that she plans to release her debut album in 2020.
"I love the songs that I've released", the London-based artist explained, "but I think EPs are a very minute scale. And I think that when I put those songs in an album, my story will make sense".
See her full interview with Hot Press, in which she discusses mental health, forging her own path and her ambitions for the future, here.
Take a look at her video for 'Early', featuring Irish rapper Jafaris, below: