Celeste is a winner of BBC Music’s Sound Of 2020 poll. She was chosen by a panel of 170 tastemakers including critics, DJs, radio and TV producers, streaming experts, festival bookers, and previous years alumni artists.
BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac says: “Celeste is a phenomenal talent, a voice that does not come around often and when you are exposed to it, is impossible to ignore. I have received countless emotional texts from listeners who have had to sit in their car and lose themselves to her song ‘Strange’ before carrying on with their evening. Her songwriting is personal and poignant but with universal appeal. I think she could easily join the longlist of Sound Of winners who went on to be global stars. I can’t wait to hear more from Celeste and all of our longlist in 2020.”
She celebrated the title by sharing a jazzy vibrant new song called “Stop This Flame.” Listen to it and watch the video below.
Last year, Celeste was named BBC Music Introducing Artist Of The Year 2019, and she received the Brits Rising Star Award in December. She’s supported Janelle Monáe, Neneh Cherry and Sound of 2012 winner Michael Kiwanuka on tour. In 2020, she’ll embark on a headline tour across the UK.
Celeste commented after she won BBC Music’s Sound Of 2020: “2019 was an incredible year for me and I could never have predicted half of the things that happened. Some of my favourite memories have been the live shows. From performing ‘Strange’ for the very first time at the Lexington for BBC Introducing; going live with Annie Mac from Maida Vale, to Jools Holland. I’m so grateful for every opportunity I’ve had so far and am looking forward to what 2020 will bring.”
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