As with every year, the BBC has hit up 170 music tastemakers to talk about the industry’s next breakthrough artist. Consisting of journalists, curators, DJs, each individual in the panel is asked to come up with three musical acts that they predict would have a lasting presence and influence in music. Today, 2017′s longlist has arrived and it’s dominated by British grime and rap acts like Dave and AJ Tracey.
“The BBC Music Sound of 2017 longlist shows that next year is already shaping up to be a big one filled with amazing music from homegrown talent that are already being supported across Radio 1 and 1Xtra,” said MistaJam, BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ . “From the driving rock of The Amazons to Dave’s 18-year-old inner city street tales via Maggie Rogers’ folk meets electronic soundscapes, the list shows the breadth and quality of what we can expect next year.”
The top five will be revealed in January on BBC Radio 1, with one artist announced each day from Monday 2 January. Previous winners include Sam Smith, Haim, Ellie Goulding and Adele. This year’s winner will be unveiled on 6 January on Clara Amfo’s show. The poll, now in its 13th year, was topped last year by British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jack Garratt.
BBC Sound of 2017 Longlist
Declan McKenna Jorja Smith
Ray BLK RAYE Stefflon Don
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