The longlist for the BBC Sound of 2016 has been revealed and there’s a pretty good mix of talent in the running for the crown, which will be unveiled on 8 January.
Fifteen acts have been ‘longlisted’ and they’ll be whittled down further to a Top 5 shortlist which will be announced in the week running up to the big reveal.
Previous winners include Years & Years (2015), Sam Smith (2014), HAIM (2013), Jessie J (2011) and Ellie Goulding (2010) whilst, in the noughties, Adele (2008), Keane (2004) and 50 Cent (2003) all triumphed in the poll, which is shortlisted by a panel of DJs, writers and critics
It’ll take some doing to knock Jack Garratt off the top of the favourites list following last week’s announcement that the British musician is taking home the 2016 Critics’ Choice Brit Award, but if anyone can do it, we’re calling Dua Lipa.
Also in the running is Garratt’s fellow Critics’ Choice nominee Frances, Manchester five piece Blossoms, Canadian R&B newcomer Alessia Cara, folk singer Billie Marten, 2015 MOBO Award-winners in the Best Newcomer category Section Boyz and recent UK Top 10 benefactors WSTRN.
Here’s the full list and scroll down for a Spotify playlist so you can get yourself acquainted.
- Izzy Bizu
- Alessia Cara
- Loyle Carner
- Jack Garratt
- J Hus
- Dua Lipa
- Billie Marten
- Mura Masa
- Rat Boy
- Section Boyz