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BRIT Awards 2023 announce Rising Star award shortlist

The BRIT Awards 2023 has announced the shortlist of three acts for the prestigious 2023 BRITs Rising Star supported by BBC Radio 1 as Cat Burns, FLO and Nia Archives.

Since launching in 2008, the award, originally known as Critics’ Choice, has successfully identified the future stars of UK music, with an extraordinary alumni of previous winners including Adele, Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Ellie Goulding, Sam Fender, Celeste, Griff and last year’s winner Holly Humberstone, with total global track streams for all previous winners reaching over 50 billion.

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. The award is open to British artists who, as of 31st October 2022, have not yet achieved an Official Album Charts Top 20 placing or achieved more than one Top 20 chart placing in the Official Singles Chart.

The 2023 Rising Star award winner will be announced on Thursday 8th December.

Cat Burns

Cat Burns is a 22-year-old platinum-selling singer/songwriter from Streatham, South London. In 2014, she walked in the footsteps of era-defining artists Adele, Amy Winehouse and FKA twigs as a scholar at The BRIT School, and she later released her debut EP, Adolescent, in 2016. Building a fanbase from the ground up, Adolescent climbed to #11 on the singer/songwriter charts in just 24 hours - putting Cat firmly on the map as an emerging artist to watch. She released her debut single Sober in 2018, and in 2020, Cat came out, reconciling herself to her sexuality.

2020 also marked the release of go, a song which later transformed Cat’s music career as she knew it. It went viral on TikTok towards the end of 2021, peaked at #2 in the Official Singles Chart this year and became Cat’s first platinum-selling hit. Amidst the success of go, she released her 6-track EP emotionally unavailable in May and supported Ed Sheeran on the European leg of his Mathematics Tour this summer. Named Spotify’s Global RADAR artist, Cat is the recipient of the Music Award at the Attitude Awards and was recently named the Rising Star in Music at the Gay Times Honours 2022. She will support Sam Smith on their UK & Ireland headline tour, Gloria, next Spring.


Seven months ago, the British R&B girl group FLO - 20 year olds Renée, Jorja and Stella - released their debut single Cardboard Box, which catapulted them into the collective consciousness and won them fans such as Brandy, JoJo, SZA, Victoria Monét, Missy Elliott, and girl group royalty Kelly Rowland and Sugababes.

FLO released their debut EP The Lead at the height of summer 2022 to critical acclaim, which has now amassed over 70 million global streams, and represented the personal and professional growth of three young women taking the reins, who have created a sound that hasn’t been heard in the UK music scene for decades.

Nia Archives

Nia Archives is making soft-hearted lo-fi jungle for introverted extroverts. Her first memories of music are deeply rooted in her Jamaican heritage; reggae and lovers rock were always on around her childhood home in Leeds, and she attended Pentecostal church regularly as a child where she was exposed to gospel music. After moving out at 16, she relocated to Manchester, where her way of getting to know people was through raves and house parties. Forming a close community of like-minded ravers, she felt emboldened to take the mic at house parties to sing and freestyle.

After working with other producers for a while, she decided to take the reins and download a cracked version of Logic aged 16, teaching herself production. Having progressed from Youtube tutorials, she’s now at Uni in London to learn music business and production. Her music channels influences like Roots Manuva, Burial, Amy Winehouse, Radiohead, Erykah Badu, Kelis, Lemon D, Jennifer Lara and her jungle hero Roni Size. Her first EP Headz Gone West was made mainly in the early hours of the morning in her cramped bedroom studio last August, and, in the move from Manchester to London, Nia has expanded her base of collaborators, working with IZCO, Jakwob, Wu-Lu, V Recordings and more.

The BRIT Awards 2023 with Mastercard will take place on Saturday 11th February - the first time the show will be held on a Saturday in its history - and will broadcast live on ITV and ITVX from The O2 arena.

Further campaign announcements will be unveiled in the coming months.