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British soul singer Celeste named BBC Sound 2020 winner

Listen to her new song “Stop This Flame.”

January 09, 2020
British soul singer Celeste named BBC Sound 2020 winner Celeste   Allesandro Raimondo

Celeste has been named as the winner of the BBC Sounds Of poll for 2020. The annual poll is made up of critics and music industry figures tips for the year and has previously been won by Adele, Haim, and Sam Smith.

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Born in Los Angeles but raised in Brighton, England, Celeste got her first break in music in 2016 when she was signed to Lily Allen's label Bank Holiday Records. She released one EP with the label before signing to Polydor in 2018. Her BBC Sound success follows her being named 2020 BRITs Rising Star award, a similar accolade handed out by the BRIT Awards.

"I'm really, really happy," Celeste told BBC News. "It's like all of the work that went in throughout the [last] year wasn't invisible."

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Indie band Easy Life came second in the BBC poll ahead of pop-punk solo artist Yungblud, thoughtful singer-songwriter Joy Crookes, and Inhaler, a rock band fronted by Bono of U2's son.

Celeste has, today, released new song "Stop This Flame" to coincide with the results of the poll. Check that out below.

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British soul singer Celeste named BBC Sound 2020 winner