The teenage cellist has topped 100,000 sales with his debut album

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Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the Nottingham-based cellist who shot to international stardom after performing at the royal wedding in May, has become the first artist to win the new Brit Certified Breakthrough Award.

The accolade comes after Kanneh-Mason, 19, sold 30,000 copies of his debut albut, ‘Inspiration’, in the UK and more than 100,000 worldwide. It is a new extension of the Platinum, Gold and Silver Awards, which are now certified by the Brit Awards and record labels body the BPI, and helps to support new or recently-established artists.

Kanneh-Mason told Nottinghamshire Live: ’It’s so amazing to be given this Brit Certified Award and I’m still overwhelmed by the incredible response to the album from around the world. I’m so happy that people are continuing to enjoy my playing and I hope it encourages them to explore music further.’

‘Inspiration’ is comprised of Kanneh-Mason’s favourite music, from Bob Marley to Shostakovich, and spent 13 weeks at #1 in the UK classical charts.