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Of the 2023 list, BBC Radio 1’s Head Of Music, Chris Price, said: “This year’s Sound Of longlist is one of the strongest and most diverse we’ve ever published. The most striking thing about it is the breadth of genres represented.
“Every single artist on the list has been incubated on Radio 1’s playlist and specialist output; whoever wins, we can be sure that 2023 will be a vintage year for new Pop, Dance, R&B, Soul, Drum & Bass, Afrobeats and Indie.”
See the full list below.
the sound of 2023 longlist is here ✨ pic.twitter.com/ztuJaME1ru
— BBC Radio 1 (@BBCR1) December 5, 2022
As well as their Sound Of poll nominations, Cat Burns, FLO and Nia Archives are all in the running for 2023’s BRITs Rising Star award. The winner will be revealed on Thursday (December 8).
Notable previous winners of that award include Adele (2008), Florence + The Machine (2009), Sam Smith (2014), James Bay (2015), Jorja Smith (2018) and Sam Fender (2019). This year saw Holly Humberstone take home the prize.