Chlöe Howl, Ella Eyre and Sam Smith have all been nominated for this year’s Critics’ Choice Award, which identifies the best future British music stars.

Since the category’s introduction to the BRIT Awards in 2008, the winners - Adele, Florence + The Machine, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J, Emeli Sandé and Tom Odell - have become global success stories selling in excess of 13-million albums between them worldwide.

The Award is chosen by a team of industry experts including music editors of national newspapers, magazines and websites plus representatives from major TV and radio stations.

Artists are eligible for consideration if they are signed to a record label and are set to release their debut album in 2014. The final three were whittled down from more than 100-possibilities from a variety of genres.

This year’s winner will be announced on Thursday, December 12.

"I love the BRITs. I missed a birthday party once to watch it at home," recalled  Chlöe Howl. Read more from her here."

"I was at the BRIT awards two years ago on a school trip and I never could have imagined this back then," said Ella Eyre. Read more from her here."

“I have watched the BRITs religiously for many years growing up... So to even be up for this award is completely overwhelming for me," admitted Sam Smith. Read more from him here."