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2021 creates Prospect's most diversive list.

The eighth year of the Prospect Music Award became our biggest ever. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for the first time, Prospect went fully online.

Two of last year's judges EJ Scanlan (Music Journalist and Prospect founder) and Will Kent (Head of YMCA Digital and Live Music Presenter) rejoined the panel for the third year in a row, alongside three new recruits

  • Maddy Chamberlain - Co-Head of Phlexx Records and Production Manager of The Bodega
  • James Denham - Founder of Black Friends and Music Event Organiser
  • Francesca Biscozzi - Creative Director and Artist Counsellor

This year's 25 artists showed the very best of Pop, Rock, Indie, Rap and Spoken Word, but it was 24 year old Ashnikko who won the eighth competition, making her the first ever international artist and rapper to win the Prospect Music Award.

Here are all of the 2021 results in full:

OVERALL

  1. Ashnikko
  2. Alfie Templeman
  3. Koffee
  4. Joesef
  5. Holly Humberstone
  6. Sinead O Brien
  7. Squid
  8. Matilda Mann
  9. Greentea Peng
  10. Adelphi Music Factory
  11. Dua Saleh
  12. Orla Gartland
  13. dad sports
  14. Emily Burns 
  15. R.A.E.
  16. TSHA
  17. JGrrey
  18. Lola Young
  19. Nana Rogues
  20. Channel Tres
  21. Martha Hill
  22. Chappaqua Wrestling
  23. Nasty Cherry
  24. Rachel Chinouriri
  25. The Snuts

JUDGE'S SEMI-FINAL VOTE

  1. Ashnikko
  2. Alfie Templeman
  3. Sinead O Brien
  4. Koffee
  5. Squid
  6. Joesef
  7. Adelphi Music Factory
  8. Greentea Peng
  9. Dua Saleh
  10. JGrrey
  11. R.A.E.
  12. Channel Tres
  13. TSHA
  14. Matilda Mann
  15. Holly Humberstone
  16. Chappaqua Wrestling
  17. Nana Rogues
  18. Lola Young
  19. Martha Hill
  20. dad sports
  21. Orla Gartland
  22. Nasty Cherry
  23. Emily Burns
  24. Rachel Chinouriri
  25. The Snuts

JUDGE'S FINAL VOTE

  1. Ashnikko
  2. Alfie Templeman
  3. Sinead O Brien
  4. Koffee
  5. Squid
  6. Joesef
  7. Adelphi Music Factory
  8. Greentea Peng
  9. Matilda Mann
  10. Holly Humberstone
PUBLIC'S SEMI-FINAL VOTE
  1. Alfie Templeman 
  2. Ashnikko 
  3. Holly Humberstone 
  4. dad sports
  5. Orla Gartland
  6. Joesef
  7. Koffee
  8. Dua Saleh
  9. Matilda Mann
  10. Lola Young
  11. Squid
  12. Greentea Peng
  13. Emily Burns
  14. Adelphi Music Factory
  15. Rachel Chinouriri
  16. R.A.E.
  17. TSHA
  18. Nana Rogues
  19. JGrrey
  20. Channel Tres
  21. Sinead O Brien
  22. Martha Hill
  23. Nasty Cherry
  24. The Snuts
  25. Chappaqua Wrestling

PUBLIC'S FINAL VOTE

  1. Ashnikko
  2. Alfie Templeman 
  3. Holly Humberstone
  4. Joesef
  5. Koffee 
  6. Matilda Mann
  7. Greentea Peng 
  8. Adelphi Music Factory 
  9. Squid 
  10. Sinead O Brien 

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Female R&B musicians are at the forefront of this year's list.

Our seventh year of the competition became the most successful edition of the Prospect Music Award we've ever had. We searched through over 1,000 artists and received more votes than ever before.

Two of last year's judges EJ Scanlan (Music Journalist and Prospect founder) and Will Kent (Head of YMCA Digital and Live Music Presenter) returned once again, alongside three new recruits:

  • Aimee Stones, a musician and mental health advocate who is also a member of the new Nottingham girl group, Marty.
  • Camille Christel, a singer-songwriter who came 11th in the 2019 Prospect Music Award, who's debut single, Copenhagen, accumulated over 80,000 streams.
  • Benjamin Ziec, a musician who fronts the Nottingham indie-folk band, Benjamin Ziec and the Rarebreeds, a producer under the name of Trekkah and is also the founder of Phlexx Records.

The Prospect Music Award 2020 Judges. From left to right: Will Kent, Camille Christel, EJ Scanlan, Aimee Stones and Benjamin Ziec.

Together, they chose 25 up and coming artists out of over 1000.

This year, the winner was London singer-songwriter and poet, Arlo Parks, who won for her outstanding lyrical content and her two incredible EPs, 'Super Sad Generation' and 'Sophie'.

Other big success stories from this year include Celeste, BENEE, Tones and I, beabadoobee, Joy Crookes, The Ninth Wave and girl in red.

You can see the results in full below, which this year includes all of the statistics from both the judges and the public votes.

OVERALL

  1. Arlo Parks
  2. girl in red
  3. Celeste
  4. I Don't Know How But They Found Me
  5. Joy Crookes
  6. Declan Welsh and The Decadent West
  7. Tones and I
  8. Au/Ra
  9. Sophie and the Giants
  10. KAWALA
  11. Aaron Smith
  12. Another Sky
  13. FLOHIO
  14. Yizzy
  15. Oliver Tree
  16. beabadoobee
  17. The Ninth Wave
  18. Kid Kapichi
  19. BENEE
  20. YEBBA
  21. NOVA TWINS
  22. HMLTD
  23. Poundz
  24. APRE
  25. Hamzaa

JUDGE'S SEMI-FINAL VOTE

  1. Arlo Parks
  2. Joy Crookes
  3. Tones and I
  4. FLOHIO
  5. Celeste
  6. Kid Kapichi
  7. Declan Welsh and The Decadent West 
  8. Yizzy
  9. I Don't Know How But Thet Found Me
  10. girl in red
  11. Another Sky
  12. Au/Ra
  13. KAWALA
  14. beabadoobee
  15. Sophie and the Giants
  16. YEBBA
  17. HMLTD
  18. BENEE
  19. APRE
  20. The Ninth Wave
  21. Aaron Smith
  22. Oliver Tree
  23. Hamzaa
  24. NOVA TWINS
  25. Poundz

JUDGE'S FINAL VOTE

  1. Arlo Parks
  2. Joy Crookes
  3. Tones and I
  4. Celeste
  5. Declan Welsh and The Decadent West
  6. I Don't Know How But Thet Found Me
  7. girl in red
  8. Au/Ra
  9. KAWALA
  10. Sophie and the Giants

PUBLIC'S SEMI-FINAL VOTE

  1. I Don't Know How But They Found Me (Automatically qualified for the final)
  2. Sophie and the Giants (Automatically qualified for the final)
  3. Oliver Tree
  4. The Ninth Wave
  5. Celeste
  6. beabadoobee
  7. girl in red
  8. KAWALA
  9. Aaron Smith
  10. Au/Ra
  11. Declan Welsh and The Decadent West
  12. Arlo Parks
  13. YEBBA
  14. Another Sky
  15. BENEE
  16. NOVA TWINS
  17. Poundz
  18. Tones and I
  19. Joy Crookes
  20. HMLTD
  21. Hamzaa
  22. FLOHIO
  23. Yizzy
  24. Kid Kapichi
  25. APRE

PUBLIC'S FINAL VOTE

  1. girl in red
  2. Arlo Parks
  3. I Don't Know How But They Found Me
  4. Declan Welsh and The Decadent West
  5. Celeste
  6. Sophie and the Giants
  7. Au/Ra
  8. KAWALA
  9. Joy Crookes
  10. Tones and I

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Local talent from the East Midlands dominates a brand new era of Prospect.

The sixth year of the competition was the strongest yet and introduced lots of new features.

This year, for the first time, the Prospect Music Award introduced expert judges to the competition to vote alongside the public. They included the Founder of the Prospect Music Award, EJ Scanlan, the Head of YMCA Digital, Will Kent, Musician and music photographer, Jack Boylan and music journalist, Rachael Halaburda.

The winners were announced British/American indie group, Airways. They won after the unanimous verdict from both the judges and the public.  

The major success stories from this year include Billie Eilish, Jade Bird, King Princess, Easy Life, AJ Tracey and Lewis Capaldi.

The full results are here:

OVERALL

  1. Airways 
  2. Billie Eilish 
  3. Lewis Capaldi 
  4. Disciples 
  5. AJ Tracey 
  6. Easy Life 
  7. King Nun 
  8. Voodoos 
  9. George Kwali 
  10. Georgie 
  11. Camille Christel 
  12. As December Falls 
  13. Jade Bird 
  14. Do Nothing 
  15. Nactus Kunan 
  16. The Chase 
  17. Dermot Kennedy 
  18. RedFaces 
  19. Vinyl Staircase 
  20. C Cane 
  21. King Princess 
  22. Grandson 
  23. INK. 
  24. Alice Merton 
  25. Feng Suave 
  26. White Room 
  27. Lauran Hibberd 
  28. Biig Piig 
  29. Cut The Heroics 
  30. Mxmtoon 

JUDGE'S SEMI-FINAL VOTE

  1. Airways 

  2. King Nun 

  3. Disciples 

  4. Jade Bird 

  5. Easy Life 

  6. Voodoos 

  7. AJ Tracey 

  8. Do Nothing 

  9. Camille Christel

  10. Billie Eilish

  11. Lewis Capaldi

  12. RedFaces 

  13. Georgie 

  14. Nactus Kunan 

  15. The Chase 

  16. George Kwali 

  17. C Cane 

  18. Vinyl Staircase 

  19. Feng Suave

  20. Lauran Hibberd 

  21. Grandson 

  22. As December Falls 

  23. INK. 

  24. Dermot Kennedy 

  25. White Room 

  26. King Princess

  27. Alice Merton 

  28. Cut The Heroics 

  29. Biig Piig 

  30. Mxmtoon 

JUDGE'S FINAL VOTE

  1. Airways

  2. King Nun 

  3. Disciples

  4. Easy Life 

  5. Voodoos 

  6. AJ Tracey 

  7. Do Nothing 

  8. Billie Eilish

  9. Georgie 

  10. George Kwali

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This year's list is filled with Drake collaborators, Indie-Rockers and YouTube sensations.

The fifth year of the Prospect Music Award was the most successful yet.

Manchester indie-pop band, Pale Waves lifted the crown, becoming the first female act to win the prize.

The major success stories from this year include Dodie, Sigrid, Tom Walker, Brooks, Vistas, YONAKA, Sam Fender and Jorja Smith.

The full results are here:

OVERALL

  1. Pale Waves
  2. Sam Fender
  3. Dodie
  4. Jorja Smith
  5. Sigrid
  6. Fickle Friends
  7. The Aces
  8. Tom Walker
  9. Noah Cyrus
  10. BLOXX
  11. YONAKA
  12. High Tyde
  13. Maisie Peters
  14. Catherine McGrath
  15. Brooks
  16. Young T & Bugzy
  17. Fenne Lily
  18. Sofi Tukker
  19. Vistas
  20. The Pale White
  21. Marsicans
  22. Amber Mark
  23. De'Wayne Jackson
  24. Trinidad Cardona
  25. Stanaj

JUDGE'S SEMI-FINAL VOTE

  1. Sam Fender

  2. Jorja Smith

  3. Pale Waves

  4. Sigrid

  5. High Tyde

  6. YONAKA

  7. The Aces

  8. Tom Walker

  9. Dodie

  10. Fenne Lily

  11. Fickle Friends

  12. BLOXX 

  13. Amber Mark 

  14. De'Wayne Jackson 

  15. Young T & Bugzy 

  16. Maisie Peters 

  17. Brooks 

  18. Sofi Tukker 

  19. Trinidad Cardona 

  20. Vistas 

  21. Noah Cyrus 

  22. The Pale White 

  23. Marsicans 

  24. Catherine McGrath 

  25. Stanaj 

JUDGE'S FINAL VOTE

  1. Sam Fender

  2. Jorja Smith

  3. Pale Waves

  4. Sigrid

  5. The Aces

  6. Tom Walker

  7. Dodie

  8. Fickle Friends

  9. BLOXX

  10. Noah Cyrus 

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The Prospect Music Award's biggest ever year is dominated by up and coming pop music.

The fourth year of the Prospect Music Award was another massive competition.

This was the first year where we included 25 nominees in the Prospect Music Award instead of 20, meaning that we could expose more artists than ever before.

Despite the heavy pop influence on this year's list, indie music came out on top as British foursome The Amazons took the crown, becoming the first-ever rock band to win the award.

The major success stories from this year include Rag'n'Bone Man, Raye, Khalid, Sundara Karma, Bebe Rexha, Tom Grennan and Anne-Marie.

The full results can be found here:

OVERALL

  1. The Amazons
  2. Tom Grennan
  3. Rag'n'Bone Man
  4. Dream Wife
  5. Sundara Karma
  6. Raye
  7. Declan McKenna
  8. ALMA
  9. Anne-Marie
  10. Khalid
  11. Bebe Rexha
  12. Ella Mai
  13. Sophie Francis
  14. Cigarettes After Sex
  15. NIMMO
  16. Dagny
  17. Liv Dawson
  18. Betsy
  19. Creeper
  20. Joseph J. Jones
  21. Pumarosa
  22. Beach Weather
  23. FRENSHIP
  24. Alexandra Savior
  25. Sarah Walk

JUDGES' SEMI FINAL VOTE

  1. Tom Grennan

  2. The Amazons

  3. Rag'n'Bone Man

  4. Anne-Marie

  5. Dream Wife 

  6. Raye 

  7. Sophie Francis 

  8. Bebe Rexha 

  9. Ella Mai 

  10. Creeper 

  11. Sundara Karma 

  12. Pumarosa

  13. Khalid 

  14. Cigarettes After Sex 

  15. Declan McKenna 

  16. ALMA 

  17. NIMMO 

  18. Dagny 

  19. Liv Dawson 

  20. Beach Weather 

  21. FRENSHIP 

  22. Alexandra Savior 

  23. Joseph J. Jones 

  24. Betsy 

  25. Sarah Walk

JUDGES' FINAL VOTE

  1. Tom Grennan

  2. The Amazons

  3. Rag'n'Bone Man

  4. Anne-Marie

  5. Dream Wife

  6. Raye

  7. Sundara Karma

  8. Khalid

  9. Declan McKenna

  10. ALMA

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Alternative artists from around the globe lead this year's list.

After a successful competition in 2015, the Prospect Music Award returned to YMCA Digital in 2016 for its third year.

Using the same familiar structure, 20 artists of all musical genres were chosen and showcased to listeners.

This year, it was multi-instrumentalist and BRIT Award winner Jack Garratt that took home the prize.

The major success stories from this year include Dua Lipa, Alessia Cara, AURORA, Mura Masa, NAO, Loyle Carner and Blossoms.

The full results are here:

OVERALL

  1. Jack Garratt
  2. Blossoms
  3. AURORA
  4. Dua Lipa
  5. Mura Masa
  6. Alessia Cara
  7. Billie Marten
  8. RAT BOY
  9. NAO
  10. Loyle Carner
  11. Spring King
  12. Frances
  13. Viola Beach
  14. VANT
  15. J Hus
  16. Against The Current
  17. The Big Moon
  18. Izzy Bizu
  19. Bugzy Malone
  20. Sunflower Bean

JUDGES' SEMI FINAL VOTE

  1. Jack Garratt 

  2. AURORA 

  3. Blossoms 

  4. Mura Masa 

  5. Billie Marten 

  6. Dua Lipa 

  7. Loyle Carner 

  8. Alessia Cara 

  9. NAO 

  10. Spring King 

  11. Viola Beach 

  12. Frances 

  13. RAT BOY 

  14. J Hus 

  15. Against The Current 

  16. Izzy Bizu 

  17. VANT 

  18. Sunflower Bean 

  19. The Big Moon 

  20. Bugzy Malone

JUDGES' FINAL VOTE

  1. Jack Garratt

  2. AURORA

  3. Blossoms

  4. Mura Masa

  5. Billie Marten

  6. Dua Lipa

  7. Loyle Carner

  8. Alessia Cara

  9. NAO

  10. RAT BOY 

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Hard-hitting pop, rock and grime music dominates the 2015 Prospect Music Award.

The Prospect Music Award returned on the new home of YMCA Digital, with more up and coming artists.

Using the same formula as last year, 20 artists of a variety of musical genres were chosen and showcased to listeners.

This year, it was synth-pop trio Years & Years that won the competition.

The major success stories from this year include Stormzy, Halsey, Jess Glynne, Shawn Mendes, Nothing But Thieves, Slaves and Wolf Alice.

The full results are here:

OVERALL

  1. Years & Years
  2. Wolf Alice
  3. Halsey
  4. Stormzy
  5. James Bay
  6. Jess Glynne
  7. Nothing But Thieves
  8. Shawn Mendes
  9. Slaves
  10. Melanie Martinez
  11. SOAK.
  12. Rae Morris
  13. Fetty Wap
  14. Tori Kelly
  15. Raury
  16. Kwabs
  17. Troye Sivan
  18. Sunset Sons
  19. BØRNS
  20. Lion Babe

JUDGES' SEMI FINAL VOTE

  1. Wolf Alice

  2. Years & Years

  3. Stormzy 

  4. Halsey 

  5. Slaves 

  6. Nothing But Thieves 

  7. SOAK. 

  8. Jess Glynne 

  9. Melanie Martinez 

  10. James Bay 

  11. Rae Morris 

  12. Fetty Wap 

  13. Troye Sivan 

  14. Raury 

  15. Kwabs 

  16. Shawn Mendes 

  17. Tori Kelly 

  18. BØRNS 

  19. Lion Babe 

  20. Sunset Sons

JUDGES' FINAL VOTE

  1. Wolf Alice

  2. Years & Years

  3. Stormzy

  4. Halsey

  5. Slaves

  6. Nothing But Thieves

  7. Jess Glynne

  8. Melanie Martinez

  9. James Bay

  10. Shawn Mendes 

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The beginning of a new era of rising talent is upon us...

The very first Prospect Music Award competition was unveiled in December 2013.

This was a brand new competition set up by Phresh Radio Presenter, EJ Scanlan, where 20 artists from a variety of musical genres were chosen and showcased to listeners in a contest which predicted brand new up and coming artists could take over the music industry.

It was Disclosure and Naughty Boy collaborator Sam Smith that won the very first Prospect Music Award.

The major success stories from this year include George Ezra, Catfish and the Bottlemen, FKA twigs, Ella Eyre and Royal Blood.

The full results are here:

OVERALL

  1. Sam Smith
  2. Ella Eyre
  3. Royal Blood
  4. George Ezra
  5. Catfish and the Bottlemen
  6. Jungle
  7. FKA twigs
  8. MNEK
  9. BANKS
  10. Circa Waves
  11. Chlöe Howl
  12. The Vamps
  13. Indiana
  14. Sampha
  15. Tove Lo
  16. Darlia
  17. A*M*E
  18. Say Lou Lou
  19. Superfood

JUDGES' SEMI FINAL VOTE

  1. Royal Blood 

  2. Sam Smith 

  3. Ella Eyre 

  4. Catfish and the Bottlemen 

  5. George Ezra 

  6. FKA twigs 

  7. Jungle 

  8. Chlöe Howl 

  9. Sampha 

  10. Indiana 

  11. BANKS 

  12. MNEK 

  13. Circa Waves 

  14. Tove Lo 

  15. The Vamps 

  16. Darlia 

  17. Superfood 

  18. MØ 

  19. Say Lou Lou 

  20. A*M*E

JUDGES' FINAL VOTE

  1. Royal Blood

  2. Sam Smith

  3. Ella Eyre

  4. Catfish and the Bottlemen

  5. George Ezra

  6. FKA twigs

  7. Jungle

  8. BANKS

  9. MNEK

  10. Circa Waves