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MTV reveals Brand New 2015 nominations

By | Published on Thursday 27 November 2014

MTV Brand New

More hotly tipped new artists you say? Well, do you know what? MTV has only gone and released the shortlist of ten acts vying to win its BBC Sound Of/BRITs Critics Choice-style Brand New poll in 2015.

Singer Becky Hill off of ‘The Voice’ is on it, as are hip hop wordsmith George The Poet, alt-pop band Years & Years, rap pairing Krept & Konan, and six others. This is a photo of all the artists posing casually, some on chairs covered in sacks, in some kind of crumbling old basement. Voting starts on 1 Dec via, and the name of victor will be revealed on 30 Jan.

Taking time to consider the significance of the poll, MTV Brand New 2014 winners The Vamps say: “This year has been crazy – we have had the chance to travel to so many places and play to the best fans in the world. Releasing our album was something that we never thought we’d be able to do, and, as songwriters, it was a big moment for us. We hope this year has helped us pave a way into having an even better 2015. We would like to thank MTV for all their support and the love they have shown us!”

Okay, so that mostly wasn’t about the poll at all, my bad. Anyway here’s the list of the ten Vamps-in-waiting:

Becky Hill
George The Poet
James Bay
Krept & Konan
Melissa Steel
Nothing But Thieves
Saint Raymond
Sinead Harnett
Sunset Sons
Years & Years

Hey, so three of those also feature on the BRITs Critics Choice shortlist. Exciting times.

Oh, and one other thing. Having confirmed earlier this year that, for the first time in all of time, Brand New were also accepting entries from acts sans record deals, via Instagram, the winner of 2015’s MTV Brand New Unsigned has been chosen already, and it is/they are…. Of Empires!

“The four-piece rock n roll band evoke vintage tones and attitudes of the late 1960s but with their own modern twist”, state the folks from MTV, and I believe them.