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British-Jamaican soul singer Celeste has won BBC Music's Sound of 2020

Updated: Jun 29

British-Jamaican soul singer Celeste has won BBC Music's Sound of 2020, given to artists who are tipped for success in the coming year.

The 25-year-old's captivating voice and jazz-steeped songs made her the runaway winner after votes were counted from 170 music critics and industry figures.

She joins the likes of Adele, Haim and Ellie Goulding, who have all topped the Sound Of list in previous years.

Indie band Easy Life came second, while pop-punk firebrand Yungblud was third.

"I'm really, really happy," Celeste said after being told she'd won. "It's like all the work that went in throughout the [last] year wasn't invisible.

"I can't wait now to see what the rest of the year will look like. I'm so thrilled and so excited. I can't wait." The Jamaican brand continues to influence popular music globally, and Celeste's success signifies the Jamaican essence of breaking genre boundaries.


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