Essex-bred singer/songwriter Jessie J has swooped the gong for Critics’ Choice Award, beating fellow nominees James Blake and The Vaccines, who came second and third respectively. Jessie has been hotly tipped for 2011, and she also made the BBC Sound of 2011 list.

The Critics’ Choice award will be presented to her at next year’s Brit Awards, which will be broadcast live from the O2 Arena on February 15th. The “Do It Like A Dude” singer will also perform at the nominations launch event in London on January 13th.

In response to the win, Jessie said, “This is epic! It has been a dream since I was a little girl to win a BRIT. I can’t believe it’s happened.”

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