Sam Fender wins the 2019 Brits Critics’ Choice Award

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8 Dec 2018, 15:31

Sam Fender has taken home the coveted Brits Critics' Choice Award ahead of other favourites Lewis Capaldi and Mahalia.

The ‘Dead Boys’ singer said: “I am truly humbled to win The BRITs Critics’ Choice Award. Being nominated was crazy enough, never mind winning it. I’m so grateful to everyone back home for believing, and to my band and team for all their hard work. We’ve played literally hundreds of shows this year, and we’re going to go even harder in 2019."

He added: “‘Most importantly, a big shout to my fans. I’ve met a lot of you over the last few years and it’s truly an honour to get up and play night after night to such a wonderful bunch of people. To everyone who’s taken a punt on me so far, thank you. Here’s to next year!”

Photo by Gigs North East

In a recent interview Fender explained how he was travelling in a taxi in his hometown of Newcastle when he discovered that he’d won.

“We were in a taxi driving back to my manager’s house when I found out. I was driving past my old school, which was very strange, and the label rang, and he put them on loudspeaker and then he was just like, you’ve got it mate, you’ve got it. I just started screaming. I was punching all the seats in the taxi going completely mad,” explained Fender.

“Then I went back to my manager’s house and got absolutely smashed.”


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