Celeste wins the BBC Sound of 2020, releases new song “Stop This Flame”
BBC Music Sound Of 2020 has revealed the top five artists who experts think are most hotly tipped for success this year. Around 170 music critics, musicians and DJs, including alumni artists like Billie Eilish and Lewis Capaldi, voted in this year’s poll, and the top five covers artists whose influences range from Arctic Monkeys to Billie Holliday to The Cure.
Topping the list this year is Celeste, the 25-year-old British-Jamaican singer from Brighton with her spine-tingling brand of neo-soul. “Celeste is a phenomenal talent, a voice that does not come around often and when you are exposed to it, is impossible to ignore,” says BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac. “I have received countless emotional texts from listeners who have had to sit in their car and lose themselves to her song Strange before carrying on with their evening.”
[...] "I'm really, really happy," Celeste said, after being told she'd won. "It's like all of the work that went in throughout the [last] year wasn't invisible.
"I can't wait now to see what the rest of the year will look like. I'm so thrilled and so excited. I can't wait."
In conjunction with the news, Celeste released the new single "Stop This Flame," which you can listen to below.
Second place in 'Sound Of' was Easy Life, third was Yungblud, fourth was Joy Crookes, and fifth was Inhaler, who are fronted by Bono's son. You can read more -- including an interview with Celeste -- at the BBC.