Florence and the Machine will be crowned winner of the Critics’ Choice Award at The BRIT Awards 2009, it was revealed today.
The award focuses on new British acts tipped to break through next year.
This year’s winner, Adele, went on to sell 1.2 million copies of her debut album, 19.
The award was open to artists signed to a label who are set to release their debut albums in 2009.
Little Boots was runner-up, while indie group White Lies earned third place.
The shortlist and winner was chosen by a team of experts made up of the music editors of British newspapers, key music and lifestyle magazines and music websites, plus the heads of music at major radio and music TV stations.
Florence and the Machine is the recording name of south London’s Florence Welch.
Her indie music has risen in popularity since the release of her first single, 'Kiss With A Fist', in June.
She said: “Blimey, a BRIT Award. Wow the world’s gone weird. Thank you so much to the critics.
“I’m making my album at the moment. It’s sort of sounding like a choir, a harp, some metal chains and a piano all put through a car crusher, then hit with wooden planks really hard.
“I will see you at the awards. I’ll be the one trying to get off with Katy Perry and passed out next to Leona Lewis.”