The future talents of the UK music scene are to be identified by the Brits Rising Star Award, formerly known as the critics’ choice award. The three artists who have been shortlisted for the 2023 award, Cat Burns, FLO, and Nia Archives, are profiled in more detail below.
The 2023 nominees for the Brit Awards’ Rising Star category have been announced.
Artists including Adele, Ellie Goulding, Florence & The Machine, Sam Smith, Celeste, and Sam Fender all won in prior years before going on to become well-known performers. The award was formerly known as the critics’ choice award.
The award is given to British musicians who, as of October 31, 2022, had not earned a top-20 album chart position or more than one top-20 song. Its goal is to discover the future stars of the UK music scene.
The three musicians up for the honor at the Brit Awards presentation, which will take place on a Saturday night for the first time in 2019, are Cat Burns, FLO, and Nia Archives. Read on to learn more about them.
“A significant thing on my bucket list,” says Cat Burns
The 22-year-old singer-songwriter from Streatham, south London, graduated from the Brit School, and his debut EP Adolescent, which was published in 2016, went to number 11 on the singer-songwriter rankings in less than a day.
After releasing her first single Sober in 2018, she followed it up with the viral TikTok hit Go, which climbed to number two on the UK singles chart.
Burns’ six-track EP emotionally unavailable was released in May 2022, and he later provided support for Ed Sheeran during the European leg of his Mathematics tour.
She has already won a number of honors and awards, including the music award from Attitude and the rising star in music honor from the Gay Times Honours. She was also listed earlier in 2022 as a Spotify Global RADAR artist.
The next item on the agenda is a supporting role for Sam Smith during their headline Gloria tour of the UK and Ireland in 2023.
Regarding her Brits Rising Star nomination, Burns said: “To have achieved that honestly means the world to me. A Brits Rising Star nomination was a key goal on my bucket list for me this year.
I’m extremely appreciative of the year I’ve had and feel incredibly honored to have been selected.
“Girl groups are back,” says FLO
Early in 2022, the R&B female group FLO, which consists of Renee, Jorja, and Stella, all in their early 20s, released their debut single, Cardboard Box. With the help of the track, they gained some well-known admirers including Missy Elliott, Kelly Rowland, and the Sugababes. They also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in the US and Later… with Jools Holland in the UK.
They have also performed at the BET Soul Train Awards and the Glamour Women of the Year Awards, and they are nominated for the MOBOs’ Best Newcomer category.
The Lead’s debut EP was widely praised when it was released in the summer, and it has now racked up more than 70 million streams worldwide.
The ensemble has been predicted to succeed by critics from i-D, Dazed, NME, Complex, and Pitchfork, among others.
It’s a dream come true to receive a Brit nomination less than a year after releasing our first track, they remarked in response to their Brits rising star nomination. The girl groups and strong female performers who have played on that platform have inspired all of us as we grew up watching the Brits with our mothers.
“We’re appreciative of everyone who has so far supported our mission and is eager to share more music with the world. Girl groups are resurfacing, and we want to open up more opportunities for artists to fulfill their potential. We anticipate that FLO will receive many more British nominations in the future.
Words can’t express how I’m feeling, according to the Nia Archives
The music that Nia Archives creates, which she describes as a “soft-hearted lo-fi jungle for introverted extroverts,” is influenced by her Jamaican roots. Reggae and lovers’ rock were frequently played in her Leeds childhood home, and she also listened to gospel as a member of a Pentecostal church.
Nia moved to Manchester when she was 16 and became a regular at raves and house parties. It was there that she eventually felt confident enough to take the mike and sing and freestyle.
She began teaching herself how to make music when she was 16 years old and is now a student of music business and production at a university in London. Her debut EP, Headz Gone West, was primarily created in August during the early morning hours in a small bedroom studio.
She commented on being named a rising star by the Brits: “Words can’t express the emotions I’m experiencing as a nominee for the Brits Rising Star award. I truly never imagined it could happen to someone like me while I was growing up and witnessing it on television. Right now, I simply feel so overwhelmed and joyful.”
On December 8, the winner of the Brits rising star award will be made public prior to the ceremony in February. On February 11th, 2023, the performance will take place at the O2 Arena.