You Need To Listen To Emeli

The Brits’ Critics Choice Award has a canny habit of backing a winning horse. Since the prize was launched in 2008, the recipients read like a who’s who of successful contemporary British female singer-songwriters: Adele, Florence and the Machine, Ellie Goulding, and Jessie J. All have been bright, idiosyncratic artists, with talent in spades. Continuing that trend, this year’s feted big-seller is Emeli Sandé (pictured), a 24-year-old Scot of black South African decent and a former medical student with a bleached quiff and a voice like honey and thunder.

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