News Rina Sawayama, Pa Salieu and Griff shortlisted for BRITs Rising Star award

Rina Sawayama, Pa Salieu and Griff shortlisted for BRITs Rising Star award

The winner will be announced next week!

With this year’s awards ceremony happening on 11th May, The BRITs have revealed the three artists shortlisted for this year’s Rising Star Award.

Following previous winners Adele, Florence + The Machine, Jorja Smith, and last year’s winner Celeste, Rina Sawayama, Pa Salieu and Griff are all up for the award, which will be announced on 19th March.

“It’s kinda terrifying how many legends have been nominated for this award,” Griff says. “I never ever ever expected making beats in my music room after school could eventually lead to a BRIT nomination. Super lame but I remember after school, catching up on the BRITs and crying watching Stormzy perform. And I don’t think I really knew what that emotion was at the time but I think it was just an overwhelming sense of aspiration. So to be nominated for a BRIT award three years on is completely surreal!!!!”

“I am very grateful to be shortlisted for this BRIT award,” Pa Salieu adds. “Love & blessings every time! Thanks to everyone supporting my journey so far.”

The Rising Star shortlist follows Rina’s successful campaign to change the eligibility for the BRIT Awards and Hyundai Mercury Prize, after she found out she was ineligible due to nationality clauses. “I literally fell to the floor when I found out that I’d been nominated for Rising Star,” she says. “I really can’t put into words how much this means to me given that I wasn’t eligible for this award a few weeks ago and now that door has been opened for future generations of artists like myself. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me, it means the world.”

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