The future of music has been revealed: according to votes cast by 170 international industry figures, solo stars – ranging from rap and grime MCs, soul singers and DIY producers – are going to be prevalent in 2017.
Next year’s longlist includes 15 rising acts and was assembled by music experts, including critics, broadcasters and DJs. For the first time, the panel also included international pundits.
BBC Sound of 2017 longlist. Photograph: PR Company Handout
2017’s list includes grime MCs AJ Tracey, rappers Nadia Rose and Stefflon Don, soul singer Jorja Smith, contemporary blues artist Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and rapper and producer Dave. In among the less familiar names is Anderson Paak, Dr Dre’s protege who released his acclaimed second album earlier this year. Another is American producer and songwriter Maggie Rogers, who rose to fame earlier this year after a video of an amazed Pharrell Williams listening to her music in a masterclass went viral. Rock and indie acts remain minimal, however, with Cabbage and The Amazons the only two guitar groups featured.
The top five will be revealed in January on BBC Radio 1, with one artist announced each day from Monday 2 January. Previous winners include Sam Smith, Haim, Elllie Goulding and Adele. This year’s winner will be unveiled on 6 January on Clara Amfo’s show.
The poll, now in its 13th year, was topped last year by British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jack Garratt.
The BBC Music Sound Of 2017 long list in full:
· AJ Tracey
· Anderson Paak
· Declan McKenna
· Jorja Smith
· Maggie Rogers
· Nadia Rose
· Rag ‘n’ Bone Man
· Ray BLK
· Stefflon Don
· The Amazons
· The Japanese House
· Tom Grennan