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Griff wins BRITs Rising Star

By | Published on Friday 19 March 2021

BRITs Rising Star 2021

Griff has been announced as the winner of this year’s BRITs Rising Star award. She was shortlisted alongside Pa Salieu and Rina Sawayama earlier this month.

“In my head, I’m still screaming from the phone call when I found out”, she says. “It’s honestly such a miracle: how on earth did we manage to win a BRIT and break through during a pandemic?”

Well, she signed to Warner Music in 2019, quickly picked up a following, helped by key radio play and the shrewd move of writing good songs – for which she got a nomination for the Rising Star Ivor Novello Award last year. She also came fifth in the BBC’s Sound Of 2021 poll which was won by her BRITs Rising Star rival Pa Salieu.

Previous winners of the BRITs Rising Star award (formerly Critics’ Choice) include Adele, Florence And The Machine, Sam Smith, and last year Celeste.

Here’s Griff performing her song ‘Black Hole’ at Abbey Road for the BRITs Rising Star Sessions: