After consulting over 170 music industry experts—including writers and editors, radio presenters and TV producers—the BBC have announced their full longlist for the Sound Of 2017. Among the nominees are a few Complex favourites, such as Ray BLK, Jorja Smith and AJ Tracey, several of whom we tipped for big things this year. The list has a pretty solid success rate in terms of predicting who will go on to have huge levels of success: Years & Years, Sam Smith and Adele have all won in the past, and last year saw Jack Garratt beat the likes of Loyle Carner and J Hus to the top spot.
Sharing his thoughts on this year's longlist, BBC Radio DJ MistaJam said that it shows how "next year is shaping up to be a big one filled with amazing music from homegrown talent that are already being supported on 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."
See the full list of nominees down below:
Rag 'n' Bone Man
The Japanese House
Complex caught up with two of the nominees, and here is what they had to say:
Stefflon Don: "I'm excited to be part of the BBC Music Sound Of 2017. I can't quite believe it! So much love to everyone who is supporting me and my music and I can't wait for 2017 #RealTing."
Nadia Rose: "Brap! Really excited to have made the BBC Music Sound Of 2017 list; some of my favourite artists have been on it in the past, so it's a huge honour to be amongst them. Hold tight the BBC Skwod!"
From January 2, the top five acts will be announced each morning on Clara Amfo's Radio 1 show alongside Huw Stephens and MistaJam, as well as on the BBC News and BBC Sound Of 2017 websites.