Image via BBC

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Every year BBC Music selects a number of artists they believe will go on to achieve big success in the following year, with previous winners revealing just how right they usually are. In previous years, Sam Smith, HAIM, and Adele have taken the top spot. Last year saw Years and Years take the number one spot, beating out the likes of Kwabs, Lapsley, Raury, Shura, and Stormzy. This year could be anyone’s game, however, with the list looking just as eclectic as previous years.

The list includes Jack Garratt, Mabel, Mura Masa, Alessia Cara, and Section Boyz among others. It’s not quite as widely diverse as the Sound of 2015 longlist, but it’s full of just as many interesting acts. The frontrunner this year looks to be Jack Garratt, who has been making a name for himself thanks to his catchy songwriting and impressive versatility. Read more about the nominees here. Check out the full longlist below, and then check out previous winners below that.


Sound Of 2016 longlist:

Izzy Bizu
Blossoms
Alessia Cara
Loyle Carner
Frances
Jack Garratt
J Hus
Dua Lipa
Mabel
Billie Marten
Mura Masa
NAO
Rat Boy
Section Boyz
WSTRN


Previous BBC Sound Of… winners:

2015 – Years and Years
2014 – Sam Smith
2013 – Haim
2012 – Michael Kiwanuka
2011 – Jessie J
2010 – Ellie Goulding
2009 – Little Boots
2008 – Adele
2007 – Mika
2006 – Corinne Bailey Rae
2005 – The Bravery
2004 – Keane
2003 – 50 Cent