Banks and Sam Smith are amongst the nominees for this year's MTV Brand New shortlist.
It's that time of year again...
The time when every publication in the land published their list of what to look out for over the following 12 months. The Clash team are working day and night on ours, but first we thought we'd bring you the results of the MTV Brand New shortlist.
An intriguing list, it's dominated by the spectre of Banks. Currently supporting The Weeknd on his enormous European tour, the rising artist has the poise, gravitas and - most importantly - songs to seduce in 2014.
Elsewhere, Rudimental collaborator and Next Wave favourite Sam Smith gets a nod, while Ella Eyre also makes the shortlist. Tumultuous two piece Royal Blood earn a nomination, with the likes of George Ezra, Joel Compass, Kwabs and more making an appearance.
The public vote opens on December 16th, with the winner due to be announced in February.
MTV Brand New shortlist in full:
Marie Naffah (Unsigned Winner)
So who would you choose? Leave your choice in the comments section!
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