2017 was Daniel Caesar's year. His debut album Freudian was released to critical acclaim and racked up hundreds of millions of streams, he performed live on national television and, perhaps most excitingly, he was nominated in two Grammy categories: Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance.
Caesar has been building towards this since his 2014 debut EP Praise Break, and as 2016 drew to a close, he released the lead single from Freudian, "Get You." Nothing about his music is ever in-your-face or over the top—Freudian is a masterpiece of restraint, filled with soulful, honest accounts of love and life seen through a youthful but mature perspective. Rooted in gospel and R&B traditions, Daniel Caesar's music will be as relevant in 50 years time as it is today.—Alex Gardner