BBC Sound of 2018 reveals top five

Rex Orange County

BBC Sound of 2018 has whittled down its 16 shortlisted acts to reveal the top five.

Norwegian pop sensation Sigrid takes the top spot, followed by bittersweet alt-pop artist Rex Orange County (pictured), urban jazz act IAMDDB, R&B star Khalid and synth pop Manchester quartet Pale Waves.

The list was started in 2003 and has a history of predicting the acts that will make it big.

Now celebrating its 16th anniversary, this year’s longlist was selected by a panel of 173 music experts, including former nominees Stormzy, Ellie Goulding, Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander and last year’s winner, Ray BLK.

Speaking about her win, Sigrid told the BBC: ‘It’s a huge honour. I don’t know how to explain it.’

BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac called her ‘literally the perfect pop star’ and ‘an absolute pleasure to play on the radio.’