(Updated 12.16.13)

Newly signed Capitol Records artist Sam Smith has been named the BRITs Critics Choice Award winner for 2014.

The voice behind Disclosure's "Latch," Smith is currently putting the finishing touches on his debut album, titled In the Lonely Hour, which will release on May 26. In the meantime, his Nirvana EP will be released stateside on Feb. 18.

As for his BRIT win, he follows previous winners Adele, Florence & the Machine, Emeli Sandé and Jessie J. He will be presented with the award by last year's winner Tom Odell at the BRITs nominations announcement on Jan. 9.

Come March, he will also hit the road for a string of North American tour dates.

As we previously shared, Smith recently performed a stunning live rendition of "Latch" during a L.A. show. See the video below, followed by his tour dates.

Also seen below is the trailer for Smith's new album, which offers behind-the-scenes footage of his time in the studio.



03/18 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft at Center Stage
03/20 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
03/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
03/24 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
03/25 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
03/26 – Montreal, QC @ Le Belmont
03/28 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
03/29 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
04/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Belasco
04/17 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
05/30 – London, UK @ Roundhouse