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Emeli Sande wins Brits Critics' Choice prize

Emeli Sande

Story by Jack Foley

EMELI Sande has won the Brits Critics’ Choice award, which rewards up-and-coming talent.

The Scottish singer-songwriter, 24, gave up medicine to pursue a career in music and recently supported Coldplay at their request on their European tour.

She has also enjoyed hit singles with solo releases Heaven and Daddy as well as her collaboration with Professor Green, Read All About It, which hit number one.

Sande will pick up her prize at the Brits ceremony on February 21, 2012, and follows in the footsteps of past winners including Adele, Jessie J and Florence And The Machine.

Sande, whose full name is Adele Emily Sande, was born in Alford, Aberdeenshire, was a fourth year medical student in Glasgow when she wrote the hook for a song called Diamond Rings while hoovering her bedroom and gave it to rapper Chipmunk.

Released as a single, with Sande on guest vocals, it became a top 10 hit and prompted EMI to offer her a publishing deal.

Buoyed by that recognition, Sande left university and made her living writing tracks for artists such as Cher Lloyd, Susan Boyle and Cheryl Cole.

She also continued to work as a featured artist, recording with urban stars such as Tinie Tempah, Wiley and Professor Green, before finally deciding to go solo.

She plans to release her debut album, Our Version Of Events, in February.

Commenting on the accolade, which saw her triumphing over hundreds of other hopefuls, Sande said: “To win a Brit Award so early in my career is beyond a dream come true. I am overwhelmed.”

Second place went to soulful rapper Maverick Sabre, while third went to singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka.