By Shaun Kitchener On December 5, 2013

Brit Awards 2014 Critics' Choice Shortlist Revealed: Who'll Be The Next Ellie Goulding, Adele, Jessie J?

Find out who's nominated

The contenders for the seventh Critics' Choice prize at the Brit Awards have been announced - and two of them have already scored chart-topping singles.

The prestigious prize, awarded to an upcoming star tipped for big things in the coming months, has previously been handed to Adele, Florence and the Machine, Ellie Goulding and Jessie J. The last two winners have been Tom Odell and Emeli Sande.

This year, it will be either Chloe Howl, Sam Smith or Ella Eyre who takes home the gong in the New Year.

Smith and Eyre are no strangers to the upper end of the charts, having provided guest vocals for No1 hits in 2013. Smith's lauded vocals were used on Naughty Boy's hit 'La La La', while Eyre sang on Rudimental's summer anthem 'Waiting All Night'.

Ella Eyre could win (WENN)

Howl has been compared to Lily Allen, and has made her debut album with super-songwriter Eg White, who has already made critically-acclaimed stars out of Rebecca Ferguson, Duffy and the little-known Adele.

She said: "To be on the shortlist is incredible, and to be alongside two amazing artists is an honour. It's so exciting!"

Smith gushed: "I have watched the Brits religiously for many years growing up. The people who have won before are, to this day, some of my favourite artists and biggest inspirations.

"So to even be up for this award is completely overwhelming for me. I can't begin to tell you how thankful I am."

Sam Smith and Chloe Howl are nominated (WENN)

The winner will be announced on Thursday, December 12, and will collect their prize closer to the actual Brit Awards ceremony in February.

Smith, Howl and Eyre all featured on the BBC Sound of 2014 longlist, which was announced on Monday. Other acts recognised there include Say Lou Lou, MNEK, Chance The Rapper, Sampha and Nick Mulvey.

Last year's Critics' Choice winner, 'Grow Old With Me' singer Odell, scored a No1 album earlier this year, famously winning the support of his father and pal Lily Allen when NME somewhat harshly gave his LP - A Long Way Down - a 1/10 review.

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