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Jack Garratt 'humbled' to win Brits critics' choice award for 2016

Artist-producer Jack Garratt says it is "truly mind-blowing" to win the Brits 2016 critics' choice award.

He joins a line-up of previous winners including James Bay, Sam Smith, Adele, Jessie J and Ellie Goulding. This year's runners up were Izzy Bizu and Frances.

Garratt said: "I am so humbled to have received this year's Brits critics' choice award. To have been nominated alongside Frances and Izzy Bizu was already a huge honour and a testament to the calibre of new UK music.

"To have been given this award is truly mind-blowing, considering I am one name in a hugely exciting time for music in this country. Thank you to everyone who voted, it means so much to me."

Garratt will release his debut album Phase on February 19.

He will be supporting Mumford & Sons on their UK arena tour this month, and has a headline tour lined up for next year - including a date at London's Brixton Academy in April.

The Brits critics' choice award is chosen by a panel of music industry experts including music editors of newspapers, magazines and websites - as well as experts from TV and radio stations.

Artists are eligible for consideration if they are signed to a record label and are due to release a debut album in 2016.

The award launched in 2008 with Adele as the first winner, and aims to identify and highlight rising stars in the British music industry.

Garratt will be presented with the award at a televised nominations show, ITV's The Brits Are Coming, on Thursday January 14. The show will also feature performances by Jess Glynne and Years & Years, who have both had number one debut albums this year.

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