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Brits Critics' Choice nominees (L-R): Mabel, Jorja Smith and Stefflon Don
Before they were famous, Sam Smith, Florence + The Machine, Adele and Emeli Sande were all tipped for success by the Brits' Critics' Choice award.This year's line-up has just been announced and, for the first time, it's an all-female field.Birmingham-born MC Stefflon Don is joined on the list by soul singers Jorja Smith and Mabel. The winner will be announced on 4 December, ahead of next year's Brit Awards.Stefflon Don has already tasted chart success this year, reaching the top 10 with Hurtin' Me, and featuring in Jax Jones' dance smash Instruction.
Mabel, who is Neneh Cherry's youngest daughter, has also scored a top 10 hit with the slinky single Finders Keepers.All three artists are previous nominees for the BBC Sound Of... poll, which unveiled its latest longlist on Monday.
This year's Brit Award winners will receive a statue designed by artist Sir Anish Kapoor
The Brit nominees were chosen by a panel of music industry experts - including critics, record label employees and the heads of the UK's biggest radio stations. More than 100 artists were considered, with each voter selecting their own shortlist of five up-and-coming artists.Last year's winner was soul star Rag N Bone Man, who went on to have the year's biggest-selling debut album. Before they become ubiquitous, brush up on the 2018 nominees below.
Brit Awards announces first all-female Critics' Choice shortlist

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Mabel performs Finders Keepers on Sounds Like Friday Night
Born in the mountains of Malaga, Mabel was raised between Spain, London and Stockholm. Like her parents, Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey, her music is hard to classify, but it's rooted in the 90s R&B she used to dance to in her bedroom.Age: 21From: LondonInspired by: Destiny's Child, Lauryn Hill, Brandy, AaliyahFor fans of: Rihanna, Jhene Aiko, SZADid you knowRead more: Mabel: 'I wrote a hit song on my way to the gym'
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Jorja Smith performs So Lonely for the BBC Music Sound of 2017
Jorja Smith was working at Starbucks when she posted her first single, Blue Lights, onto SoundCloud last January. A soulful, semi-autobiographical look at her childhood in the West Midlands (it references the number four bus she used to catch home) it quickly earned shout-outs from Stormzy, Skrillex and Drake - who featured her twice on his More Life mixtape. She brewed her last (professional) coffee soon afterwards.Age: 20From: WalsallInspired by: Amy Winehouse, Mos Def and Damian MarleyFor fans of: Drake, FKA Twigs, NaoDid you knowRead more: Jorja Smith interviewed for the BBC Sound of 2017
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Stefflon Don performs Hurtin' Me on Sounds Like Friday Night.
Stephanie "Stefflon Don" Allen was born in Birmingham to Jamaican parents, before moving to Rotterdam and finally, in her teens, settling in east London. You can hear echoes of her upbringing in her confident, inventive songs, which combine dancehall patois, grime verses, and honeyed R&B vocals. Earlier this year, she signed a million-pound deal with Universal Records and, soon after, scored a top 10 hit with Hurtin' Me.Age: 25From: LondonInspired by: Lil' Kim, Foxy Brown, Missy Elliott and Destiny's ChildFor fans of: Nicki Minaj, Wretch 32, DrakeDid you knowShe says: "I am so excited to be nominated for this amazing award. A big shout out to all my fans and dons for their support. 2017 has been lit and I can't wait for 2018! Mad love to you all""Find out more: Watch Stefflon Don's set at 1Xtra Live
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