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Bree Runway, Holly Humberstone and Lola Young named BRITs Rising Stars

By | Published on Tuesday 30 November 2021

BRITs Rising Star shortlist 2021

The nominees for this year’s BRITs Rising Star award have been announced. And they certainly are Bree Runway, Holly Humberstone and Lola Young.

“I feel so honoured to be recognised by the BRITs in this way”, says Bree Runway. “It’s all so exciting, especially as previous nominees have gone on to do such amazing things, I hope I’m struck by that same luck. Attending the BRITs alone has been something I’ve wanted to do for years, but attending as a Rising Star nominee is a dream”.

And she was once told that she should continue to pursue music by Michelle Obama, so her benchmark for receiving praise is alright quite high. The pop musician was also longlisted in the BBC’s Sound Of 2021 poll. She released her debut mixtape ‘2000and4eva’ last year, which featured Missy Elliott and Rico Nasty. And earlier this year she put out her most recent single ‘Hot Hot’.

Holly Humberstone has never met Michelle Obama as far as I know, but she has been gaining a lot of attention recently. In fact, she came second in the Sound Of 2021 poll and ‘Falling Asleep At The Wheel’, from her 2020 debut EP of the same name, has almost 40 million plays on Spotify. Earlier this month she released new EP ‘The Walls Are Way Too Thin’, which includes her collaboration with the 1975’s Matt Heafy, ‘Please Don’t Leave Just Yet’.

“Music has always been my entire life, and being nominated for such a prestigious award really means everything to me”, says Humberstone. “Recognition from the BRITs is something I am struggling to comprehend at the moment! It’s truly an honour to be nominated for the BRITs Rising Star award alongside two other incredibly inspiring female artists”.

And that brings us to Lola Young, who has had radio support from the likes of Annie Mac, Clara Amfo, Jo Whiley, Giles Peterson and MistaJam. Not bad going. The BRIT School graduate also debuted her latest single, ‘Fake’, on ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’ at the personal request of Corden himself. Oh, and she did the song on this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert, a cover of ‘Together In Electric Dreams’. So it’s going alright for her too.

“I can’t believe I’ve been nominated for this award”, says Young. “It feels surreal and completely unexpected. I actually have to pinch myself looking at the other artists that have been nominated previously. It is such a big step for me and I feel very excited to have been nominated”.

So well done to all of them, and well done to Universal Music for signing all of these rising stars that have already done quite a lot of rising. The overall winner will be announced on 10 Dec.