Each year, the BBC gets a large panel of artists, journalists and other music experts to take a crack at who they think will break out the following year. In the past some winners have included 50 Cent, Adele, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding and HAIM. The 2018 longlist of nominees include Sigrid, Khalid, Alma and Billie Eilish.
Billie Eilish becomes the youngest ever nominee at just 15 years old. Manchester has three acts in the list with IAMDDB, Pale Waves and Tom Walker.
Over 170 experts, including former winners and longlist nominees Stormzy, Ellie Goulding, Olly Alexander, Loyle Carner, Michael Kiwanuka and last year’s winner Ray BLK, chose the 16 artists.
The countdown for the top five will begin on January 8, 2018 and be completed with the winner being announced live on air on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 10 a.m. GMT.
See the full list of nominees below.
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