Sam Smith has won the BBC’s influential Sound Of 2014 prize.
The vocalist, who emerged last year with performances on Disclosure’s Latch and Naughty Boy’s La La La, released the ‘Nirvana’ EP in October and also recently claimed the Critics’ Choice award at the BRIT’s.
Ella Eyre finished second on the poll, with Banks taking third, Sampha fourth and George Ezra fifth.
“I’m completely speechless. It’s a huge compliment to be recognised by the industry and the BBC in this way. I really didn’t expect it.”
Last year’s award was won by Haim, while Adele, Keane, Ellie Goulding and Jessie J have also taken home top prize since ‘Sound Of’ was launched in 2003.
2. Ella Eyre – Deeper
3. Banks – This Is What It Feels Like
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