Izzy Bizu, Jack Garratt and Frances up for Brit Critics' Choice Award

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Izzy Bizu

It's fair to say that previous winners of the Brits Critics' Choice Award have gone on to do quite well.

Adele, Florence + The Machine, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J, Sam Smith - it reads like a list of music royalty.

For 2016 it's a contest between Izzy Bizu, Jack Garratt and Frances.

The award is for artists who are signed to a label but yet to release a debut album.

So who are they?

The Brits Critics' Choice Award is decided by a group of music experts from newspapers, magazines and music websites along with important types from radio and music TV stations.

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Jack Garratt

Jack Garratt's debut album Phase is due out in February.

He's described as an "artist-producer" and "multi-instrumentalist".

He sold out a UK tour this year and is going to be supporting Mumford & Sons.

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Frances

She's released two EPs.

She did a BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge version of Justin Bieber's What Do You Mean.

She's from Berkshire and she's currently on tour in the US.

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Izzy Bizu

Now Izzy Bizu has spoken to Newsbeat before, so we know quite a lot about her, some it unexpected.

"I had a really big crush on Gareth Gates," she laughs.

"Then I really liked Lionel Richie at one point."

She was discovered at an open mic event.

Her debut album is due out in May and is called A Moment of Madness.

She went to boarding school.

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The Brit statues are being designed by fashion designer Pam Hogg.

Each one will be unique so no artist can get confused over which is theirs.

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