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The BBC Music Sound of 2016 longlist has just been revealed… these are the ones to watch!

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So the BBC Music Sound of 2016 longlist has just been revealed and we literally can’t believe the musical poptastic talent that is going to emerge in the next year.

What is the BBC Music Sound of longlist? It’s just a list of insanely talented up and coming musicians that are chosen by some of the most influential people in the music industry (COUGH yes we were allowed to pick).

Whose on this list then?

Fun fact: Previous winners include: Sam Smith (2014) HAIM (2013) Michael Kiwanuka (2012), Jessie J (2011), Ellie Goulding (2010), Little Boots (2009), Adele (2008), Mika (2007), Corinne Bailey Rae (2006), The Bravery (2005), Keane (2004) and 50 Cent (2003).

The top five artists will be revealed on January 4, until the winner for 2016 is announced on January 8. You can hear the winners on the Radio One Breakfast Show, watch on BBC News or check the Sound of 2016 website.

Who are you rooting for? Who was your favourite winner? Let us know on Twitter @maximumpop!

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Written by Hannah Lovejoy

I'm the Film & TV Channel Manager at MP! I love sitcoms and Rosa Diaz is my spirit animal. I probably drink too much coffee - also guilty of quoting Hamilton The Musical on a daily basis. Tweet me @HanLovejoy!

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