EMELI SANDE plans to make the Brit awards a family affair, taking her mum and dad to the glitzy bash in London where she will receive the Critics’ Choice award.
And she will be hoping dad Joel and mum Diane will also see her walk off with the Breakthrough Artist prize, where she is up against competition from the likes of The Vaccines and Jessie J.
Emeli was back in Scotland last night at Glasgow’s HMV store to perform for fans and sign copies of her debut album, Our Version of Events, which is No.1 in the midweek charts.
More than 400 fans turned up to catch an acoustic set that included album tracks such as Suitcase and Hope, as well as the hit singles Daddy, Next To Me and Heaven.
Emeli, who also signed copies of her album at the store, told fans: “Thank you so much for your support. It’s so nice to be back in Glasgow and to see so many familiar faces.”
The singer performed the intimate gig before rushing to Glasgow’s Clyde radio.
Emeli has been one of Britain’s fastest-rising stars since she quit her degree at Glasgow University.
She started off providing tracks for stars such as Leona Lewis, Cheryl Cole and Susan Boyle.
But she found fame in her own right and became a household name after teaming up with rapper Professor Green for Read All About It, which hit No.1 last year.
She has admitted she rarely goes out but she’ll make an exception for the Brits party.
Emeli, from Alford in Aberdeenshire, said her family were excited about the Brits, at the O2 in London.
She added: “I picked the dress last week and my parents are coming down.
“They’re really excited. It’s a great way for me to mark the great year I’ve had and hopes for the year ahead, to have people that are important to me around me.
“If the album goes to No1 on Sunday, there’s going to be a little get together and we’ll have a few drinks.”
Emeli says appearing at T in the Park this summer is going to be one of her 2012 highlights.
She said: “It’s the one we all talked about when I was studying so to be on the other side performing is an honour.”
Last night, a spokesman for Emeli confirmed her album is heading to No.1.
He said: “It is flying off the shelves and was the number one pre-order on iTunes, made the iTunes top 10 on pre-orders alone and has continued to sell through the week.”