The Beeb has announced a 15-strong longlist for its Sound Of 2009 prize. More than 130 critics and broadcasters vote for the winner, unveiled on 9 January. 2008's triumphant act was guitar-wielding songstress Adele, closely followed by Duffy, The Ting Tings and Glasvegas.
Now in its seventh year, the competition's other previous winners include: 50 Cent (2003), Keane (2004), The Bravery (2005), Corinne Bailey Rae (2006) and, err… Mika (2007).
BBC Sound Of 2009 longlist
The Big Pink
Mumford And Sons
Empire Of The Sun
The Temper Trap
Florence And The Machine
You can hear a track from each hopeful act, and a taste of what to expect in 2009, right here.