The nominations for the BBC Music Sound of 2018 were announced this morning, with Billie Eilish, Jade Bird & Not3s among the 15 artists named the most exciting rising stars in music.
Sourced from 173 DJs, critics and industry experts, this follows last year’s winner Ray BLK and former Sound-Poll-winning alumni such as Years & Years, Sam Smith, Adele and Ellie Goulding. Sound Of first launched in 2003 with the aim to showcase the most exciting and innovative new faces in music. 16 years on and the list continues to give a glimpse into the future of music, and predict some of the biggest stars in the world.
The top five will be revealed in January on BBC Radio 1 and BBC News, with one artist announced each day from Monday 8 January. The winner will be revealed on Friday 12 January during Clara Amfo’s show on Radio 1.
The BBC Music Sound Of 2018 longlist (in alphabetical order) is:
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