It's that time of year again. The BBC Sound of... poll is in our midst and this time around it's obviously high time for the BBC Sound of 2016. The winner for 2015 was Years & Years; their album Communion came out earlier this year. The current shortlist (below) was selected by 144 DJs, critics and writers.

Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac bills it as "a definitive list of the key artists to look out for and listen to" next year: "It has real results, incredible success stories and I'm looking forward to being able to support these people on my radio shows."

The winner is announced on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show on 8 January 2016.

  • BBC Sound of 2016 shortlist:
  • Alessia Cara
  • Billie Marten
  • Blossoms
  • Dua Lipa
  • Frances
  • Izzy Bizu
  • Jack Garratt
  • J Hus
  • Loyle Carner
  • Mabel
  • Mura Masa
  • NAO
  • Rat Boy
  • Section Boyz