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Critics’ Choice: The Story of Ellie Goulding

To celebrate the release of BRITs Critics' Choice: The Album on January 6, we're looking back at all the past winners of the Critics’ Choice Award and how their careers have progressed – and so we turn to Ellie Goulding who has gone on to be one of the biggest popstars in the world.

Written in the stars
International superstar Courtney Love flew half way around the world to present Ellie with her Critics’ Choice Award – everybody knew there was a chart topper in the making.

Eyes for the top
A month after picking up her Critics’ Choice award her star continued to rocket upwards as her debut album Lights shot to the top of the UK Album Chart thanks to some incredible songs like this:

The Wedding Singer
She covered BRIT Icon Elton John’s classic Your Song, and was asked by Prince William and Catherine Middleton to perform at their wedding reception on April 29, 2011 at Buckingham Palace.

Voice of dance music
With many of her tracks being remixed by dance producers, Ellie leant her voice to Skrillex’s huge anthem Summit. This was to be the first of many significant electronic collaborations as she’s also worked with the likes of Zedd and Calvin Harris on I Need Your Love.

Setting the charts ablaze
In August 2013 Ellie finally had her first No. 1 Single when Burn went to the top and stayed there for three weeks.

You can pre-order 'Critics' Choice: The Album' now exclusively from iTunes.