Music scene's rising stars named
The next big things predicted to hit the music scene in the coming year have been named.
The 15 "most exciting rising stars" of music were announced in the BBC's Sound of 2011.
The longlist was compiled using recommendations from more than 160 influential UK tastemakers who were asked to name their favourite new acts.
Last year's winner was Ellie Goulding, while others who have taken the title in the list's nine-year history have included Little Boots, Adele, Mika, Corinne Bailey Rae and 50 Cent.
The up-and-coming artists on this year's longlist range from singer-songwriters Anna Calvi, Daley and Clare Maguire to pop starlet Jessie J and London grime MC Wretch 32.
Also featured are cutting-edge producers and vocalists including James Blake, Nero, Jai Paul and Jamie Woon.
Rock bands Mona and The Vaccines are named along with guitar groups Esben and the Witch, Warpaint and Yuck.
New Zealand five-piece The Naked & Famous, with a synth-rock sound, are also on the longlist.
George Ergatoudis, head of music, BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, said: "There are many lists of hotly tipped acts, but I believe the BBC's Sound Of list now stands out as the definitive one, thanks to the rigour applied to its compilation and its comprehensive range of contributors including tastemakers from radio, TV, newspapers, magazines and online.
"Over the years it has helped music fans discover some fantastic artists and while some have disappeared without a trace there have also been notable successes including Dizzee Rascal, Keane, the Kaiser Chiefs, Plan B, Adele and Florence And The Machine, to name just a few."