British music acts Alunageorge, Tom Odell and Laura Mvula have made the shortlist for the revered Brits Critics' Choice Award next year (13). Previous recipients of the award who have gone on to enjoy huge success include Adele, Jessie J, Florence + the MAChine and Emeli Sande. The winner will be feted at the Brit Awards in February (13).
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.