Brit Awards Rising Star: British girl group FLO become the first band ever to win an award

London-based girl band FLO have been named winners of the Brit Awards 2023 Rising Star prize.

Clara Amfo announced the news on her BBC Radio 1 Future Sounds show on Thursday (December 8), revealing that the group are the first band ever to win the award.

The trio, consisting of 19-20 year olds Jorja Douglas, Stella Quaresma and Renée Downer, beat producer Nia Archives and songwriter Cat Burns, scooped the trophy.

In a statement, the band said: “From growing up with the British, to finding and forming FLO, to releasing our first work in 2022 and winning a Brit Award in the same year!! We are so shocked and grateful. We are the first group to win the Brits Rising Star!

“We just made history and couldn’t have done it without our wonderful fans and supporting families. It really is a dream come true. We feel so empowered to create the music we love and we hope others feel the same.”

The group took the music world by storm after releasing their ’90s-influenced debut, Cardboard Box, earlier this year, to praise from US artists including Brandy, JoJo, SZA and Missy Elliott. They continued to perform the song Jimmy Kimmel Liveand Later… with Jools Holland.

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The award was open to UK artists who (as of 31 October 2022) had not yet reached a Top 20 on the Official Albums Chart or had more than one Top 20 on the Official Singles Chart.

Past winners have included Adele, Florence + The Machine, Sam Fender and Celeste.

The Brit Awards with Mastercard 2023 will take place on Saturday 11th February at the O2 Arena.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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