BBC Announces Sound Of 2017 Longlist

Every year, the BBC asks a panel of 170 critics, bloggers, DJs, and broadcasters to pick their three favorite new musical acts, the people who they think are going to be a big deal in the very near future. Previous winners have included Jack Garratt, Years & Years, Sam Smith, and HAIM, and today, the top 15 artists on this year’s longlist have been announced. As usual, they’re mostly British, but there are a few familiar names on there — Stereogum favorite Anderson .Paak, Pharrell-impressing electro-folk newcomer Maggie Rogers, South London wunderkind RAYE. It’s a pretty diverse list, and you can check it out below.

AJ Tracey
Anderson .Paak
Cabbage
Dave
Declan McKenna
Jorja Smith
Maggie Rogers
Nadia Rose
Rag ‘N’ Bone Man
Ray BLK
RAYE
Stefflon Don
The Amazons
The Japanese House
Tom Grennan

The top five will be revealed in January, and the winner will be announced on Friday 1/6.