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blur and boygenius make the cut as Lauren Laverne reveals 6 Music Artists of the Year 2023

Lauren Laverne has revealed the BBC Radio 6 Music Artists of the Year 2023 on her breakfast show on the channel this morning.

A new annual moment in the 6 Music calendar, Artists of the Year celebrates the musical success stories of 2023 and tips the stars for 2024 and beyond.

The non-hierarchical list contains both musical legends and break-through artists from across the musical genres, all of whom have been championed by 6 Music throughout the year.

The 6 Music Artists of the Year, in alphabetical order, are:

  • blur
  • boygenius
  • Christine and the Queens
  • Gabriels
  • Loraine James
  • The Last Dinner Party
  • Nia Archives
  • Say She She
  • Antony Szmierek
  • Young Fathers

Laverne said: “The line-up for the inaugural 6 Music Artists of the Year is just bursting with music talent, innovation and inspiration. Huge congratulations to the acts who have all had an incredible 2023. I’m looking forward to following all your sonic journeys in 2024 and beyond.”

Camilla Pia, assistant commissioner, BBC Radio 6 Music added: “Artists are at the heart of what we do at 6 Music – from those just starting out in their career to the icons who we’ve known and loved for many years. So, we’ve created Artists of the Year to celebrate that – and to shine a light on those who have had great successes over the past 12 months and reflect on the moments that we’ve shared with this incredibly broad and exciting range of acts. Congratulations to everyone on the list, we’re so proud and honoured to have played a part in your stories.”

6 Music will be celebrating its Artists of the Year 2023 across this week (Monday November – Friday November 10) and beyond. Programming includes an interview with boygenius on New Music Fix Daily (Tuesday, 7pm-9pm) and an exclusive session from the band, recorded at Maida Vale Studios, which is available now on BBC iPlayer. Also available now on BBC iPlayer and recorded exclusively for 6 Music is a session from blur, in which they perform tracks including Luminous, Oily Water, Colin Zeal and Young and Lovely.

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