Ben Howard wins best British breakthrough act and best male solo artist at Brit Awards 2013
Wednesday 20 February 2013
Ben Howard, an artist who found little mainstream success until his inclusion on the Mercury Music Prize shortlist last year,has landed two Brit Awards.
He won the Brit Award for best British breakthrough act and another for for best British male solo artist.
Mercury helped him to gain wider recognition and he has gone on to reach number six in the album charts with debut release Every Kingdom, despite missing out to Alt-J's An Awesome Wave for the Mercury.
Howard, 25, was brought up in Totnes, Devon, and was raised listening to classic records by the likes of Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan.
After a stint studying journalism in Falmouth, he turned to music full-time, and self-released his first EP in 2008.
He went on to sign to Island Records, drawn to the label through its association with late singer-songwriters such as Nick Drake and John Martyn, whom he admires.
Howard has recalled writing songs from the age of around 10. "I was quite an imaginative little kid, I guess. So your standard little love songs turned into your standard adolescent love songs," he has said.
A number of festival appearances last year helped to spread the word, in addition to an appearance on BBC2's Later With Jools Holland and a tour in his own right.
Music Why this music festival is still the place to spot the next big thing
Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 2 Watch: Man takes selfie every mile of 2,600 mile hike, creates amazing timelapse video
- 3 The day I starred in Only Fools and Horses
- 4 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
- 5 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
James Bond Spectre trailer drops on YouTube
Zayn Malik already working on solo material, just days after quitting One Direction
Kay Burley 'bias' against Ed Miliband prompts 130 complaints to Ofcom
A historian gave the most British look of despair when someone screwed up Richard III's birthday at his reburial
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz wanted to 'do something people would remember him for'
Andreas Lubitz: Knee-jerk reaction to 9/11 enabled mass murder