After longlisting Anderson .Paak and AJ Tracey last year, the BBC has returned with the nominees for the Sound of 2018 award. The award has seen some of music’s biggest names appear on the longlist since it began in 2003, with artists including 50 Cent (2003), Frank Ocean (2012) and Stormzy (2015) all nominated in the past.

Some of the hotly-tipped names on this year’s 16-strong roster include Khalid, London MC Not3s and singer Nilüfer Yanya, as well as Tyler, The Creator collaborator Rex Orange County. The 2018 longlist also features Billie Eilish, with the L.A.-based singer becoming the youngest ever nominee at just 15.

Check out at the full longlist below. The 5-person shortlist will be announced in early January, culminating with the winner being revealed on January 12. In other music news, take a look at Sevdaliza’s visuals for “Hear My Pain.”

BBC Sound of 2018 Longlist
Billie Eilish
Jade Bird
Lewis Capaldi
Nilüfer Yanya
Pale Waves
Rex Orange County
Sam Fender
Tom Walker
Yxng Bane

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