Rory Graham gets the annual award ahead of Anne-Marie and Dua Lipa, on the strength of his chart-dominating single ‘Human’
Rory Graham – aka Rag’n’Bone Man – has won the BRITs Critics’ Choice Award 2017, after being shortlisted alongside Dua Lipa and Anne-Marie. The trophy will be presented to Graham at the BRITs nomination launch on 14 January where he will also perform. Having been longlisted on the BBC Sound Of 2017, he has also featured as part of the Apple Music New Artist For 2017 and topped Google Play Music’s One’s To Watch list.
Speaking about the award Graham said, “I thought they had made a mistake. I was up against two pop giants. It’s bloody brilliant! I’m crazy happy. Proper massive grin.”
Last week, Rag’n’Bone Man announced that his debut album, Human will be released on 10 February on Columbia Records/Best Laid Plans, and that he will embark on his biggest headline tour to date next April. Opening at the 02 Academy Bristol on 18 April, he will play two Shepherds Bush Empire shows in London on 19 and 20 April, followed by dates at O2 venues in Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham.
His single Human has now been certified Platinum in three countries and Gold in four, streamed 55 million times and hit the No 1 spot on iTunes in 25 countries. Having been added to all the major radio playlists in the UK, the single has been the top trending track in the UK for two consecutive weeks in the Official Charts and is currently sitting at No 2 on the iTunes chart.
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