Michael Kiwanuka tops BBC Sound Of 2012 poll

Singer beats Frank Ocean and Azealia Banks to claim prize

Michael Kiwanuka has been named as the winner of the BBC Sound Of 2012 poll, it has been announced today (January 6).

The 23-year-old singer took first place in the annual critics’ run-down of new acts set to make waves in the coming year ahead of Frank Ocean and Azealia Banks, who were named in second and third place respectively.

In a statement, Kiwanuka said:

It’s very encouraging for some of my music to be noticed and considered as something worth listening to. I think it’s every musician’s dream to have any sort of recognition for their art, something that is so personal. This is something that I don’t take for granted.

Kiwanuka came out on top of the 15-strong longlist which also featured dubstep producer Skrillex and Sweden’s Niki And The Dove, who finished at fourth and fifth place respectively. Other acts to be nominated included A$ap Rocky, Dry The River, Friends and Spector.

The annual poll is voted for by over 160 music journalists, commentators and tastemakers. Past winners include Jessie J, Ellie Goulding, Little Boots and Adele.