BBC Sound of 2017 – Nominees Announced!

Irha Acedo

The full list includes – in alphabetical order:

  • West London’s grime artist, AJ Tracey
  • Dr Dre Protégé, Anderson .Paak
  • Political post-punk band, Cabbage
  • Eighteen-year-old grime artist, Dave
  • Socially conscious indie pop singer, Declan McKenna
  • Soundcloud sensation and R&B artist, Jorja Smith
  • Brooklyn based singer-songwriter, Maggie Rogers
  • Witty lyricist, Nadia Rose
  • Bluesy soul vocalist, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man
  • Soulful R&B soloist, Ray BLK
  • Electro pop artist, RAYE
  • Female MC, Stefflon Don
  • Reading based rock band, The Amazons
  • Electro pop group, The Japanese House
  • And acoustic singer-songwriter, Tom Grennan

Following the recent up rise of British grime artist such as Stormzy, Kano and Skepta, the nominees for the BBC Sound of 2017 found urban acts to dominate the list. Newcomers Ray Blk and Nadia Rose are apparently being tipped for success in the list.

The list was influenced by 170 international industry figures including DJs, critics and broadcasters.

The nominees aim to be a representative of the most promising rising acts for 2017. Famous winners include Adele, Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith, 50 Cent, Years and Years, Haim, Jessie J, Mika, Corinne Bailey Rae and previous winner Jack Garrat. Other winners involve Keane, The Bravery, Little Boots and Michael Kiwanuka.

The top five will be revealed on BBC Radio 1, counting down each day from Monday 2nd January. The winner will be announced on Friday 6th January on Clara Amfo’s show.

With Nadia Rose winning the MOBO (Music Of Black Origin) award for best music video, she may win the hearts of the BBC with her drum and base club bangers.

Dave has also become a favourite to win with his performance in Black Box – like Fire In The Booth but for lesser known artist – making him popular amongst young listeners. Other strong contenders like Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Ray Blk, Anderson .Paak and Declan McKenna are also ones to watch.

MistaJam, BBC Radio 1 Xtra DJ, said: “The BBC Music Sound of 2017 longlist shows that next year is already shaping up to be a big one filled with amazing music from homegrown talent that are already being supported across Radio 1 and 1Xtra. From the driving rock of The Amazons to Dave’s 18-year-old inner city street tales via Maggie Rogers’ folk meets electronic soundscapes; the list shows the breadth and quality of what we can all expect next year.”


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