BBC Sound Of 2019 longlist revealed

The BBC's annual list of music acts tipped for success in the year ahead is unveiled.

The BBC's Sound of longlist for 2019 has been unveiled.

R&B-soul stars Ella Mai and Mahalia are among the artists featured in the annual ones-to-watch list, which is reduced from the usual 16 acts to 10. Mai has already found huge success in America, earning two Grammy nominations for her song Boo'd Up.

Pop singers Grace Carter and King Princess also feature, alongside France-born, London-based rapper Octavian and Catalan star Rosalia. 

Get to know all the shortlisted acts below: 

The BBC Sound of, which tips rising music stars for the year ahead, is now in its 17th year. Previous winners include Years & Years, Sam Smith, Haim and Michael Kiwanuka. 

The list was put together based on votes by 136 critics, DJs and broadcasters, including former nominees Stormzy and Ellie Goulding. 

The top five artists will be revealed in January on Radio 1 and BBC News, with one artist announced each day from Monday, 7 January. The winner will be revealed on Friday, January 11.

This year's BBC Sound of 2019 longlist is: 

Grace Carter - piano-led pop singer.
Flohio - poetic rap star.
Dermot Kennedy - Folk-meets-hip-hop.
King Princess - Synth-led, atmospheric pop singer.
Mahalia - laid back soul anthems.
Ella Mai - retro R&B star.
Octavian - distinctive London MC
Rosalía - Catalan star who's bringing back flamenco
Sea Girls - arena-ready indie anthems
Slowthai - outsider rap