NIGERIAN born soul singer Ray BLK (22) has topped BBC’s Sound Of 2017 list, and made history by becoming the first unsigned artist to win the honour – which has previously gone to chart toppers, Adele and Sam Smith.
BBC’s Sound Of 2017 list aims to predict the most exciting new music for the year ahead and has become a celebrated launch pad for emerging talents.
Four of the top five artists chosen by a panel of 170 DJs, critics and festival bookers were black female artists from the UK.
The list includes Nadia Rose, Tarja Smith, Raye and Jamal Edwards, whose SB:TV YouTube channel helped launch the careers of Dizzee Rascal, Stormzy and Ed Sheeran.
Commenting on her award, Ray said: “I can’t believe this is happening. It’s all just so ridiculous!”