MTV's Brand New For 2012 Artists Announced!
As 2011 draws to a close, we're delighted to reveal the nine nominees in our annual search for the very best in new music - MTV's Brand New For 2012.
In the last 4 years MTV Brand New has identified international stars such as Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber & Ke$ha, as well as the cream of UK talent including Tinie Tempah, Wretch 32 and Jessie J.
This year's list features a diverse range of upcoming acts, from across the whole spectrum of musical genres, all of whom we're convinced are destined for big things in 2012. Check out all the artists below.
For the first time ever, this year we're also on the hunt for the UK's best unsigned act to fill the tenth nominee spot.
We asked acts from around the country to submit their best track to us and now it's your chance to vote for your favourite and help them secure a place on the coveted MTV Brand New For 2012 list.
Then on January 9th the action really hots up when the winner of the unsigned competition gets added to the Brand New nominee list and voting opens to crown one lucky act the supreme MTV Brand New winner.
Sirach Charles, better known as Angel, is what the music industry would indelibly mark as a triple threat. Singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer, 22 year old Angel is quite possibly the UK Pop and R & B industry’s best kept secret.
If you don't know Charli XCX yet, you will soon. The teenage prodigy's about to explode into 2012. Armed with a rampant imagination, a plethora of dark, emotive pop songs, and backed by an army of top producers Charli is not your run-of-the-mill musician.
Clement Marfo & The Frontline are a seven-piece diverse collective from South London led by the charismatic Clement. Born to Ghanaian parents and raised in Kingston, South London, Clement has become a phenomenon in the underground British grime scene.
The U.S. may have Justin Bieber, however 17 year old Brighton resident Conor Maynard may be the world’s next big teen star. With close to 30,000 twitter followers already and over 3 million views on his YouTube Channel, 2012 could well be Conor’s year.
Delilah, a 20 year-old North Londoner (AKA Paloma Stoeker), has grown up with music in her blood. Her parents were entrenched in the UK soul and urban scene throughout the 90s and it wasn’t long before Delilah was composing self-penned tunes on her piano.
King Charles is an extraordinary man. He doesn't look like anyone you know, he doesn't think like anyone you know and he doesn't make music like anyone you know, drawing diverse influences from Afro-beat, rock and roll, glam, folk, hip-hop and country.
Describing herself as the "gangsta Nancy Sinatra" and her music as Hollywood Sadcore, Lana’s self made videos have already caused a stir. Just as her D.I.Y promo for ‘Video Games’ got 500,000 hits it was banned. Bad girl Ms Del Rey has truly set the scene.
Lianne La Havas first began to make music at the age of 7 and since then has gone from strength to strength. Spending time on both sides of the Atlantic working with select producers and playing shows to captivated audiences in London, Paris, and New York.
Growing up in North London, Michael struggled at times to see where he fitted in. He liked bands like Nirvana, Radiohead and Offspring, but it was only when he discovered that Jimi Hendrix was black that he understood he had a place playing rock guitar.