Rag’n’Bone Man has been nominated for a second BRIT Award. The nomination for British Breakthrough Artist follows an incredible 2016 for the singer: recently crowned winner of the coveted BRITs Critics’ Choice Award and coming second in the BBC Sound Of 2017, Rory was also tipped by Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal, Amazon, The Daily Telegraph, The Sun, NME, The Times plus many more. Single Human has reached #1 on iTunes in an outstanding 33 countries, reached Platinum status in 4 countries and Gold in 6. Human also landed the #2 spot in the Official UK Charts race this Christmas, has been streamed 105 million times and peaked at #2 in the Worldwide Shazam chart. Along the way Rory has also gained a plethora of fans from legends such as Chaka Khan, De La Soul and Elton John, who regularly plays Rory’s music on his Beats 1 show.
Rory collected his BRITs Critics’ Choice Award during the live BRITs nomination launch on Saturday, where he also performed during the primetime TV slot on ITV alongside Christine & The Queens and Craig David. Take a look at his acceptance speech HERE.
Having sold out his biggest headline tour to date (opening this April), Rory has just been announced as one of the acts to headline the upcoming series of BRITs War Child shows next month. He will play the Clapham Grand on February 14. Further info on the series can be found HERE.
Headline UK 2017 Tour Dates:
Tuesday 18 02 Academy, Bristol
Wednesday 1902 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
Thursday 20 02 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
Saturday 22 02 Ritz, Manchester
Sunday 23 Glasgow 02 ABC, Glasgow
Monday 24 02 Institute, Birmingham
For those who opted for a night in this New Year’s Eve, viewers of Jools Holland’s annual Hootenanny would have seen Rory’s many performances across the evening. Alongside Jools’ Rhythm & Blues Orchestra Rory performed his version of the Four Tops classic Reach Out (I’ll Be There) and also gave a stellar performance of Bring It On Home To Me with Gregory Porter, as well as playing his hit single Human.
The phenomenal success of his single Human around the globe follows years of relentless performing for Rory. At the age of just 15 he started rapping in his hometown of Uckfield and then at 19, encouraged by his father, started singing at local blues nights. His combined love for blues and rap soon developed into something bigger, when he joined Brighton’s hip-hop crewThe Rum Committee, regularly travelling up to London to play hip-hop nights in Brixton. The releases of his Blues Town, Wolves and Disfigured EPs earned him huge crowds across the country, firming a dedicated fan base incredibly early on in his career.
His debut album Human will be released on February 10 on Columbia Records / Best Laid Plans.