EMELI Sandé treated fans to a stunning off the cuff performance of a new track as she collected a prestigious Icon Award.
The singer, 32, belted out a heartfelt version of her latest single You Are Not Alone as she collected the gong at the Ethnicity Awards in London.
The four-time Brit Award winning singer, who recently released her latest album Real Life, was presented with the prize by JLS star Marvin Humes for championing equality and diversity issues.
Emeli treated the 500-strong audience to a version of the song from the new album after speaking about the struggle faced by marginalised groups.
The Next To Me singer said: “Young girls need to know they have the right to be here as much as everyone else. Being BAME should not be a challenge. It should not be a disadvantage.”
She’s also spoken about her return to music, telling The Sun Online: “It is fantastic to be back. The response to the new music has been incredible and that means lot given the time that I’ve been away.
“It feels different this time. I feel like I’ve really made an album that I’ve always wanted to make. Having had the experience of the last two has made that a lot clearer.
“I am in a good place. I feel like this the first time I’ve been fully me.
“There is is much more to come as well as the album including a new tour starting in November. It really is an exciting time.”
Emili’s 2012 major label debut Our Version of Events charted at number one in the UK thanks to singles Heaven, Daddy and Read All About it. The album sold nearly 2.5million record in the UK alone.
She followed it with Long Live The Angels, which despite charting at number two in the UK, only sold a tenth of what her debut did. The lead single from the record, Hurts, charted at number 22.
Last year she collaborated rappers Wretch 32, Giggs and Dave East.
Emeli Sandé’s new album ‘Real Life’ is out now.
Emeli Sandé’s tour of the UK & Ireland tour starts on 15 November, tickets are available at LiveNation.co.uk
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