BBC Music Sound of 2020 longlist announced

Arlo Parks, Celeste and YUNGBLUD are among the artists tipped for success next year.

Last year Octavian became the first rapper to be awarded the top spot from a longlist that included Mahalia, King Princess and slowthai.

This year’s longlist was chosen by a panel of industry experts and alumni artists including Billie Eilish, Lewis Capaldi and Chvrches.

The BBC Music Sound of 2020 will be revealed on Thursday 9 January 2020.

Previous artists named on the list include Stormzy, Adele, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Foals and Dizzee Rascal.

The countdown of the top five artists will be broadcast across BBC Radio and the BBC Music website on Sunday 5 January 2020 before the winner is announced on 9 January on BBC Radio 1 and BBC News.

Longlisted artists mustn’t be already widely known to the UK general public.

The BBC Music Sound of 2020 longlist is as follows:
Arlo Parks
Beabadoobee
Celeste
Easy Life
Georgia
Inhaler
Joesef
Joy Crookes
Squid
YUNGBLUD

James Stirling, head of BBC Music & BBC Music Introducing, says: ‘2020 is shaping up to be such an exciting year for British music. BBC Music is proud to play a role in so many of the incredible musical journeys, from YUNGBLUD’s first session for BBC Music Introducing in West Yorkshire back in 2017, to debut Glastonbury performances from Arlo Parks, Celeste and Easy Life on the BBC Music Introducing Stage earlier this year. Congratulations to all the longlisted artists and I am really looking forward to seeing what they have in store for 2020.’

More information about the longlisted artists can be found here and further details of the panel and how the list was complied can be found on the BBC Music Sound of 2020 website.