Jewish musicians make shortlist
by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2013-01-11
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South London singer Jessie Ware is among a number of Jewish artists hoping to make a splash at next month's Brit Awards after being nominated.
Jessie - a former intern at a weekly Jewish newspaper - is shortlisted for Best British Female and British Breakthrough Act, following the success of her debut album Devotion in 2012.
And she took to Twitter to express her delight at being featured in a category which also includes singers Emeli Sande and Paloma Faith.
'Canny believe it,' she tweeted, 'Very happy to be up for two awards!'
Jessie, who hails from South London and is the daughter of Panorama reporter John Ware, reached number five in the album charts with Devotion in August.
Other notable nominees include singer Alex Clare, whose smash hit Too Close - the theme from last year's Internet Explorer commercial - will compete with tracks from the likes of Jessie J, Adele and Robbie Williams in the Best British Single category.
And there was also a nomination for the late Amy Winehouse in the Best British Female category.
The singer - who died in July 2011 aged 27 - has made the cut for the success of Lioness, an album of material released after her death.