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Rag 'n' Bone Man is the BRITs Critics' Choice winner

08 December 2016, 08:24 | Written by Laurence Day

The 2017 BRITs Critics' Choice winner is Rag 'n' Bone Man, who edged ahead of the pack to beat Dua Lipa and Anne-Marie.

The short shortlist was unveiled last week, when the Brighton-based blues-hop upstart - real name Rory Graham - also announced his debut record Human.

"I thought they had made a mistake," says Graham. "I was up against two pop giants. It’s bloody brilliant! I’m crazy happy. Proper massive grin.”

We're big fans of all three that made the cut - check out our exclusivePolaroid gallery with Anne-Marie, our in-depth Longread about Dua Lipa's Kosovan roots, and our candid behind-the-scenes shoot with Rag 'n' Bone Man.

This year's Critics' Choice award was scooped by Jack Garratt - who also took home the BBC Sound Of 2016 prize. The 2017 Sound Of longlist also includes Rag 'n' Bone Man.

Earlier this week the trophies for the 2017 BRIT Awards, designed by late architect Zaha Hadid, were revealed. Check 'em out.

Last month the BRITs confirmed that there'd be major changes for the 2017 awards following criticism and threads of a boycott in the wake of the #BritsSoWhite controversy.

The 2017 BRIT Awards will take place at London's O2 Arena on 22 February.
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