Long list announced for BBC Radio 1’s Sound of 2023

Singer-songwriter Cat Burns, soul band Gabriels and electronic DJ Fred are once again shortlisted for BBC Radio 1’s Sound of the Year award of 2023.

The 10 list was chosen by a panel of more than 130 industry professionals and artists, including Sir Elton John, Dua Lipa, Sam Smith and Celeste.

Also on the list is Biig Piig, Irish singer and rapper Jessica Smyth; and Nia Archives, a DJ and producer specializing in jungle, drums and bass.

Indie singer-songwriter Rachel Chinouriri also made the list after several releases on the Parlophone record label.


Cat Burns to attend the 2022 Mobo Awards (Ian West/PA)

Nigerian singer-songwriter Afrobeats Asake stands out after building a dedicated UK audience.

The list also includes pop singer Dylan, girl group Flo and drum and bass duo Piri & Tommy.

This list was compiled based on recommendations from 136 artists, DJs, radio and television producers, festival bookers, and journalists.

Each person was asked to name their three favorite new artists who had not been lead artists on the UK’s top five albums or three UK top 10 singles by 31 October.

Last year’s winner was electronic music producer PinkPantheress.


Sir Elton John helped select the long list (Suzan Moore/PA)

Stormzy, Adele, Lady Gaga and Billie Eilish are among the artists who have featured on the list in previous years.

Chris Price, Radio 1’s head of music, 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.

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“Each artist on the list has been included in Radio 1’s dedicated output and playlists; Whoever wins, we can be sure that 2023 will be a classic year for pop, dance, R&B, soul, drums and bass, Afrobeats and new indie.”

The top three countdown will begin on Radio 1 on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, and the winner will be revealed on Thursday, January 5 on Radio 1.

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