Sam Smith has been announced as the winner of the Brits Critics' Choice Award 2014.

The singer-songwriter beat Chloe Howl and Ella Eyre to win the prize which recognises future British recording talent and was voted by music industry experts.

Smith worked with Naughty Boy on the number one La La La in May, and he recently unveiled his first solo single Money On My Mind, which is scheduled to be released on February 16.

Last year's Brits Critics' Choice winner Tom Odell will present Smith with his award during the 2014 nominations announcement on January 9.

Previous winners of the award, which started in 2008, are Adele, Florence & The Machine, Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sandé and Jessie J.