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...

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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