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It's hard to believe the 'Price Tag' singer has only been around for one year! But what a year. Check out Jessie's 2011 highlights.
Jessie J kicked off her year by releasing her second single 'Price Tag' which features American rapper B.O.B. The track debuted at number one in the UK and gave the singer her first top chart success. The video for the song has instigated much debate on the internet with claims there are hidden messages suggesting an allegiance to the Illuminati. Jessie has continually denied these reports stating she has no idea what the group even are. 'Price Tag' features the lyrics: "Why is everybody so obsessed/ Money can't buy us happiness," and during the video Jessie can be seen dressed as a marionette and a ballerina.
Jessie won the Critics' Choice Award at the 2011 BRIT Awards bash joining such artists as Adele and Florence And The Machine who have won the prize in previous years. Mark Ronson and former winner Ellie Goulding presented the award to the singer who wore a tight fitting dark green dress and thanked everyone for "making her dreams come true" during her acceptance speech. Jessie recently tweeted her congratulations to Emeli Sande who was recently announced as the winner of the Critics' Choice Award in 2012.
Jessie releases her debut album 'Who You Are' a month early due to popular demand. The album produced the singles 'Do It Like A Dude', 'Price Tag', 'Who's Laughing Now', 'Nobody's Perfect' and title track 'Who You Are'. The album took a total of six years to finish and Jessie wrote track 'Big White Room' during a hospital stay when she was just ten years old. Jessie worked with a variety of producers on the record including Dr.Luke, who has also worked with Rihanna, Britney Spears and Katy Perry.
Jessie made her American TV debut on Saturday Night Live performing 'Price Tag' with B.O.B and a rendition of her album track 'Mama Knows Best'. Jessie was the first artist to be booked on the hit show without having an album out and performed on an episode hosted by The Hangover star Zach Galifianakis. Her performance went down well across the pond and before her appearance on the show Jessie took to her Twitter account to express her aspirations for conquering America by stating "USA I’m coming for ya."
Jessie ruptured several tendons in her foot during rehearsals for Capital FM's Summertime Ball and heroically still performed at the event the following day. Rather than energetically jumping around the stage the singer was resigned to a giant throne which she used for other appearances that summer including at Glastonbury Festival. During her recovery Jessie was quoted as saying: "My broken foot has given me a new respect for people who don't have legs."
During the judge's house phase of The X Factor, Jessie joined friend Tulisa Contostavlos to help pick her acts for the show including eventual winners, Little Mix. Before Little Mix had been announced as the champions of the show Jessie took to her Twitter account to state: "Little Mix have already won even if its not official. They have talent, are wonderful people and will be successful whether they win or not." Jessie also took to the stage on the live results show in November of the series performing 'Who You Are'. The performance received criticism from fans with Jessie using her Twitter account to defend herself stating her "pitchy" rendition was down to the fact that the track was too low in her ears.
In October Jessie announced that she would become a coach and a mentor to up and coming artists for new BBC programme, The Voice. Joining Jessie will be Welsh legend Tom Jones, The Black Eyed Peas' Will.i.am and Danny O'Donoghue from The Script. The singer said she was attracted to the show because she didn't want to be a judge. She said: "It's all about the voice. I love the idea of being a coach and a mentor and not a judge. I wanted to be involved. They approached me and I was well up for it." Jessie already has some experience of mentoring after helping The X Factor judge Tulisa pick her final contestants during the 2011 series of the show.
Jessie scored big at the 2011 MOBO awards picking up Best album, Best Newcomer, Best UK Act and Best song for 'Do It Like A Dude' at the ceremony. She wore a long black lace dress upon arrival at the Awards but changed into a baseball cap and short top for an explosive performance of 'Do It Like A Dude' later at the event. Lilly Allen sparked controversy following the ceremony stating that Jessie didn't deserve her awards. She tweeted: "Now, I love Jessie J as much as the next person, but how is her music 'of black origin'? Is it cause she says 'man dem' in her tune?"
Jessie received three MTV EMA nominations for Best UK & Ireland Act, Best Push Act and Best New Act at the annual bash. Although she failed to pick up an award, the singer did perform a rendition of 'Price Tag' at the ceremony in Belfast wearing a skin coloured catsuit with gold emblems. Jessie wore a flamboyant, strapless leopard print dress on the red carpet of the event and also changed into another bright catsuit as she posed for photographers.
It was one of Jessie's most emotional nights as she headlined Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball at London's O2 Arena in December. The singer arrived on stage in a glittery gold catsuit and giant curly wig unveiling a new alter ego she described as "Tinsel Tina the Christmas Diva". Jessie played 'Do It Like A Dude', 'Who's Laughing Now' and gave a rare outing to US single release 'Domino'. The star was also joined on stage by James Morrison for their track 'Up' and performed 'Nobody's Perfect' and 'Who You Are' describing the latter as "probably the most special song I've ever written and ever will'. The set finished with Wretch 32 joining the singer for a duet of 'Price tag' with Jessie donning a giant Christmas cracker outfit for the song. Picture: Richard Johnson