Leona Lewis has been named Billboard’s top new artist of the year, determined by performance on Billboard’s albums and singles charts.
The X-Factor winner and Simon Cowell protégé’s latest single, a cover of Snow Patrol’s “Run” (see music video below), has gone straight to the top of the singles chart, becoming the fastest-selling download in British chart history, with 133,000 copies.
It was only in March that Lewis became the first British female to top the U.S. charts in over 20 years with her hit single “Bleeding Love.”
Last week, the Brit beauty nabbed three Grammy nominations, including Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Bleeding Love,” while her debut album Spirit received a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album.
With her powerful vocals, Lewis is often compared to contemporary greats like Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.
“It’s quite scary,” she recently said of the comparisons. “It’s a massive compliment. Personally I’ve got a lot of hard work to do.”