VO5 NME Awards 2017: Introducing the nominees for Best New Artist supported by TOPMAN

Who will follow in the footsteps of the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Oasis and The Smiths?

Over the years, any award celebrating new artists at the NME Awards has been an indicator of who will go on to become the icons and legends of the future. The Smiths, Arctic Monkeys and Oasis are just three who’ve achieved massive success in subsequent years. Which of the nominees for Best New Artist supported by TOPMAN will leave the VO5 NME Awards 2017 not only victorious, but undoubtedly on the cusp of greatness?

Anderson .Paak

From: Ventura, California
They say:I wanted my sound to be unique to myself and I wanted a voice that nobody else had.”
We say: “.Paak out as a remarkable new songwriter who isn’t afraid to write with the mentality of a rapper.
Essential track: ‘Come Down’


From: Stockport
They say:We want to be that big. We want to be massive – we’ve always said that and we’re not embarrassed about it. We want it. And we’re ready for it.”
We say:[2016’s] biggest guitar-pop shooting stars, named after a pub and looking like snake-hipped garage rockers from the wrong side of Scarysex Central.”
Essential track: ‘Charlemagne’


Christine & The Queens

From: Nantes, France
They say:I’m going to redefine what it means to be sexy, and it’s going to be creepy as hell.
We say:She was the pop star we needed, but scarcely deserved. Long may she reign.”
Essential track: ‘Tilted’

Dua Lipa

From: London
They say:I want to have a long career. I never want it to stop. I know I only get one chance at this and I want it to be the best it can be. It means so much to me.”
We say:Lipa’s is built to be spilling out of tents and clubs across Europe.”
Essential track: ‘Blow Your Mind (Mwah)’


Sunflower Bean

From: New York
They say:We just wanted to do something fun.”
We say: “They make music that blends the dark-matter heaviness of Black Sabbath with the new-wave pop smarts of Blondie and The Go-Go’s, the floaty, fey romance of 1980s lo-fi indie pop and the insouciant cool of The Velvet Underground.”
Essential track: ‘Wall Watcher’

Zara Larsson

From: Solna, Sweden
They say:We’re here for a little, little bit of time, and I just wanna make the most out of it,”
We say: “A cool, confident young woman living her life.”
Essential track: ‘Lush Life’

The VO5 NME Awards 2017 takes place on February 15 at London’s O2 Academy Brixton. Vote for who you want to win here and buy tickets for the ceremony here.