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, errâ¦ 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.