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Grantham singer-songwriter Holly Humberstone has won the Brit Awards' Rising Star prize.

Holly, 21, was shortlisted for the Brit award after finishing as a runner-up in this year's BBC Sound Of longlist.

On winning the award she told the BBC: "I'm kind of freaking out. I'm not processing it very well. But I'm just so so happy. I'm so chuffed. I'm on top of the world."

Holly Humberstone. The BRIT Awards 2022 Rising Star Filming, Battersea Arts Centre, on 2nd December 2021.(Photo by JM Enternational) (53646838)
Holly Humberstone. The BRIT Awards 2022 Rising Star Filming, Battersea Arts Centre, on 2nd December 2021.(Photo by JM Enternational) (53646838)

Holly, who attended Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School, joins the likes of Adele, Florence + The Machine and Sam Fender in winning the rising star award.

The award, supported by BBC Radio 1, recognises British artists who had not achieved a top 20 album or more than one top 20 single by October 31 this year.

Bree Runway and Lola Young were also shortlisted for the prize, originally known as Critics' Choice.

Holly Humberstone. (44836183)
Holly Humberstone. (44836183)

Holly has shot to fame in recent times, having already played Glastonbury in 2019 and toured with pop sensation Lewis Capaldi.

Most recently, Holly came second in the BBC’s Sound of 2021 list, which has been won by the likes of Adele and Sam Smith in previous years.

Her first song, Deep End, was released just before lockdown. Her debut EP, Falling Asleep At The Wheel, had been streamed more than 65 million times.

She followed it up with this year's Walls Are Way Too Thin EP.

Holly is also the first performer to be confirmed for The BRIT Awards, taking place Tuesday, February 8, at The O2 arena, to be broadcast live on ITV and ITV Hub.

Holly said:"I remember watching the BRITs with my parents each year and being totally awe struck by the artists coming together in what felt like another universe. Now to be named the BRITs Rising Star and nominated alongside two other incredible women, with the songs that started within those four walls at home is so mad.

Holly Humberstone (52705436)
Holly Humberstone (52705436)

"It just doesn't feel real. This year has been a wild ride and a year of firsts, and I am so grateful and thankful for everyone who has helped make this happen!"

Holly's debut EP Falling Asleep At The Wheel marked the first chapter in the story of a new global talent who has garnered over 200 million global streams to-date. Over the past year, the Polydor-signed rising alt-pop star has achieved everything from being nominated for the Ivor Novello Rising Star Award with Apple Music, coming runner up in the BBC Sound of 2021, chosen as YouTube's next Artist On The Rise, and Deezer's Focus artist, amongst intimate and groundbreaking performances on Jimmy Fallon, James Corden, and Later... With Jools Holland.

Having just released her critically acclaimed second EP The Walls Are Way Too Thin, about being lost and questioning where you belong, whilst captivating thousands of fans across the UK and USA (including Lorde) on her debut headline tour, the Grantham-born artist has become the UK's next great songwriting talent.

It is the honest storytelling at the heart of Holly's craft that has captured the hearts and minds of fans globally, with "tattoo lyrics" that are specific to her life, from her sisters' struggles with mental health to growing apart from her friends, but are universal experiences.

The BRITs Rising Star award shortlist is selected by an invited panel of music editors and critics from the national press, online music editors, heads of music at major radio and music TV stations plus songwriters, producers and live bookers - those working with new rising talent on a regular basis.

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