Female artists dominate as BBC Sound of 2022 longlist announced

Wet Leg, Yard Act and ENNY are amongst a host of names as the longlist for BBC Radio 1’s Sound of 2022 is revealed, with ten new artists tipped for success next year.

Jamie MacMillan
  • By Jamie MacMillan
  • 6 Dec 2021
  • min read

Wet Leg, Yard Act and ENNY are among those nominated for BBC Radio 1’s Sound of 2022.

This year’s longlist for the award, which is now in its twentieth year, was chosen by a panel of over 130 industry experts and artists, including Elton John, Billie Eilish, Ed Sheeran, Jade Thirlwall, Jorja Smith and more. 

BBC Radio 1’s Sound of 2022 longlist (in alphabetical order) is: 

  • Baby Queen
  • Central Cee
  • ENNY
  • Lola Young
  • Mimi Webb
  • PinkPantheress
  • Priya Ragu
  • Tems
  • Wet Leg
  • Yard Act 

Pa Salieu claimed the top spot last year, winning against Griff, Holly Humberstone and Alfie Templeman. Previous artists named on the list over the years include Stormzy, Adele, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Foals, Dizzee Rascal and Lewis Capaldi. 

Chris Price,head of music for Radio 1, said: 'This year’s Sound Of list will go down as one of the greats; a rich and diverse representation of genres, a great year for British and female artists, and I’m delighted to report that all ten acts have had significant support from Radio 1, many of them as alumni of our own Brit List.'

The countdown of the Top 5 will kick off across Radio 1 on Sunday 2 January 2022. The winner will be revealed on Thursday 6 January 2022 on Radio 1 and BBC News.