Sam Smith, Chloe Howl and Ella Eyre compete for Critics’ Choice Brit Award

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Sam Smith, Chloe Howl and Ella Eyre are in the running for the Critics’ Choice honour at the Brit Awards, it was revealed last night.

The trio of newcomers have been shortlisted as tips for the top next year, hoping to follow in the footsteps of past winners such as Adele and Jessie J.

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[In-demand singer Sam Smith]

The winner of the prize will be announced next week and will be a guest at the ceremony which takes place on February 19 at London’s O2 Arena.

Smith already has a number one under his belt after his vocals were featured on the Naughty Boy hit ‘La La La’, and he has also recorded with Disclosure, as well as releasing his first EP in his own right this year.

“I have watched the Brits religiously for many years growing up,” he said. “The people who have won before are to this day some of my favourite artists and biggest inspirations, so to even be up for this award is completely overwhelming for me.”

Howl landed a record deal within weeks of leaving school at the age of 18 and has supported John Newman on tour, releasing a single earlier in the year with a debut album to follow in 2014.

Eyre – who like Jessie and Adele is a former Brit school student – has worked with the likes of Rudimental and Naughty Boy, with a debut EP to come out this month.

Nominations for the main categories at the ceremony – officially called the Brit Awards 2014 with MasterCard – will be announced in January.

All three were also on the longlist for the BBC’s Sound of 2014 poll, which was announced this week.

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