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BBC’s Sound of 2016 longlist announced

Alessia Cara

The BBC Sound of 2016 longlist has been announced. The list highlights 15 artists that a panel of 144 DJs, critics and writers think will rise in 2016. (The 2015 winner was Years & Years. Do you think they lived up to the hype? Q Mag does.) The 2016 list includes Def Jam-signed R&B singer Alessia Cara (whose hit “Here” is pretty massive), alt-R&B singer Nao (who’s been tied to A.K. Paul, brother and collaborator of Jai Paul), Neneh Cherry’s daughter Mabel, and more. The BBC says the front-runner is bound to be Jack Garratt, who they compare to Ed Sheeran and James Blake.

Check out the full list below…

BBC’s 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

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