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The Last Dinner Party crowned winners of BRITs Rising Star award: ‘It’s an honour!’

The Last Dinner Party are the winners of the BRITs Rising Star award.

Their victory was revealed by Clara Amfo on her BBC Radio 1 Future Sounds show, and the band said in a statement: “We are so proud beyond measure to have won the BRITs Rising Star.

“It’s an honour to achieve something so iconic so early on in our career and we can only hope to keep making music that connects with all the incredible people who have listened to and supported us so far. Thank you!”

At the start of the year, The Last Dinner Party was little more than a new name being shared by those who inadvertently caught them live.

But the five female members – Georgia Davies, Lizzie Mayland, Abigail Morris, Aurora Nishevci and Emily Roberts – spent much of 2022 adding to their older songs, writing new ones and road-testing them before taking the fruits of their labour into the studio to record with producer James Ford.

Their breakthrough track came in April 2023 with ‘Nothing Matters’ and by July the group had also released the acclaimed track ‘Sinner’.

A press release for the group described it as “another gloriously infectious, leftfield pop epic that fuelled the now fully-formed zeitgeist and set the band up for a Summer packing tents at festivals across the UK and Europe”.

Singers Caity Baser and Sekou were also shortlisted for the Rising Star award, which has, since its inception in 2008 successfully predicted the future stars of music, with past winners including Adele, Sam Smith, Sam Fender, Ellie Goulding, Florence and the Machine, Griff and the 2023 winner FLO.

Other artists nominated for the award include Dua Lipa, Anne-Marie, Lewis Capaldi, Cat Burns, Michael Kiwanuka, Mabel and Years and Years – with global track streams for all previous winners surpassing 60 billion.

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