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Sigrid: Norwegian pop star wins BBC Sound of 2018

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Norwegian pop singer Sigrid has won BBC Music's Sound of 2018, which aims to showcase the most exciting new music for the year ahead, BBC reports.

Aged just 21, she is one of the youngest ever artists to receive the honour - beaten only by Adele, who was 19 when she topped the 2008 list.

"It's a huge honour," she told the BBC. "I don't know how to explain it."

Influenced by Lorde, Robyn and Joni Mitchell, the star has become known for catchy, quirky and literate pop songs.

BBC Radio 1's Annie Mac called her "literally the perfect pop star" and "an absolute pleasure to play on the radio".

The Sound of 2018 list was compiled using votes from 173 DJs, critics and festival bookers.

For the first time, this year's panel also included former nominees, including Stormzy, Ellie Goulding, Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander and last year's winner, Ray BLK.

The top five was a mixture of British and international, and unsigned and signed acts - all of whom were aged 22 or younger.

Emotive singer-songwriter Rex Orange County came second, while urban jazz act IAMDDB was third.

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