BBC News Sound of 2010 Poll
Every year since 2003, the Entertainment team at BBC News have been asking a panel of music industry experts to name the artists they believe will be next year's biggest success stories.Over 100 UK DJs, music critics, editors, producers, presenters and bloggers name three acts, with the acts obtaining the most votes forming fifteen-strong longlist. Gradually the list is whittled down, with the overall winner being announced in January.
Although there've been a few acts over the years who, looking back at it, you might not remember -Marcos Hernandez? Kubb? Sadie Ama? - the list boasts a pretty good success rate so far. The previous winners include 50 Cent, Keane, The Bravery, Corinne Bailey Rae, Mika, Adele and Little Boots.
There were 165 voters on this year's panel of tastemakers, including our very own Huw Stephens and Ras Kwame. Their votes have been counted and the Sound of 2010 longlist has now been published on the BBC News site.
I won't reveal the full list here, but here at BBC Introducing HQ we're pleased for nominees Marina and the Diamonds, Everything Everything, Two Door Cinema Club and Stornoway, all of whom have performed on the BBC Introducing stage this year.
In July, we weclomed them to Maida Vale studios, where Huw Stephens met them for a chat before they recorded four brilliant tracks.
The following day, Marina donned one of her trademark glittery leotards and took to the stage in front of a packed tent.
In June, Two Door Cinema Club were one of the highlights of the first day in the BBC Introducing tent at Glastonbury.
More recently, they were Rory McConnell's pick to represent Northern Ireland at Radio 1's United Nations event in November.
Congratulations to all of the artists on this year's longlist. Keep an eye on the BBC News Sound of 2010 site over the coming weeks to find out who comes out on top.