From mischief maker Nadia Rose and to quirk pop underdog Will Joseph Cook – we calculated which stars received the most votes in industry longlists, shortlists and music forecasts.
The annual tip list onslaught is finally over. Everyone had a go at forecasting this year: traditional publications, tech companies, brands, your dad’s mate who once played golf with a man who worked for Island Records in the 1980s. The general consensus is, quite rightly, that 2017 will continue to see grime and UK rap gaining massive global attention. Rag’n’Bone Man’s epic outpouring of blues and soul will undoubtedly soundtrack sports events and televised festival coverage, and it has just been announced that Ray BLK was crowned winner of the BBC Music Sound of … poll. An outsider option, but one that very much affirms the ascent of British rap.
But who was the real winner? The scientific winner? Using the internet, a bunsen burner and a thermometer, I took a look at this year’s poll results and discovered which artists had received the majority of votes overall. Taking into account results from Vevo, i-D, Google Play, Spotify, MTV, BBC Music Sound of …, the Brits, the Independent, Red Bull, NME and Billboard, the artists below are the acts who were named most in short and longlists – revealing some joint winners, and the odd underdog in between.
Joint firstAJ Tracey
The west London MC is one of UK grime’s most anticipated new voices. Born in Brixton and brought up in Ladbroke Grove, his childhood was soundtracked by UK garage and dancehall (plus the musical taste of his Welsh mum – a DJ who loves NWA). Backed by his MTP crew of producers and MCs and collaborating with fellow Londoner Dave, aside from freestyles and live shows, Tracey has taken a slow dripfeed approach to releasing singles. His hopes are to extend and accelerate the legacy of grime for a new generation, rather than imitate what’s already happened. “I’m so bored of this nostalgia,” he told Dummy magazine last year. “The new grime kids feel like they have to reference Dizzee or D Double, or spit on an old beat to get people to listen to them, and it’s boring.”
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