Olivia Dean has been declared the recipient of the BBC Introducing Artist of the Year Award for 2023.
This accolade is bestowed upon an artist who, with the assistance of BBC Introducing, has made a noteworthy impact during the year and is on the trajectory to stardom. Renowned for predicting the next significant breakthrough, the award has a commendable history of identifying artists who subsequently achieved substantial success in the following year. Past recipients encompass notable names such as Celeste, Arlo Parks, Tom Grennan, Jack Garratt, Nia Archives, Declan McKenna, and Self Esteem.
Famed for seamlessly navigating between Indie, Motown, Neo-soul, and Alternative Pop, 24-year-old Olivia Dean transcends genres with her captivating relatability and velvety vocals. Hailing from East London and an alumna of the BRIT school, she initiated the upload of her music to the BBC Introducing platform in 2018, garnering early support from BBC Introducing London.
In 2019, she earned the title of BBC Introducing London’s Featured Artist of the Week and was invited to perform at the illustrious BBC Introducing night at The Lexington in Islington, London. Olivia’s track “Password Change” was selected as the Introducing Track of the Week by BBC Radio 1 in 2020.
This year saw the release of Olivia’s debut album, “Messy.” She graced the stage on Later…with Jools Holland, made a surprise appearance on the BBC Introducing stage at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, and received a Mercury Prize nomination. After a triumphant and sold-out European tour this summer, the powerhouse vocalist concluded an unforgettable 2023 with performances across North America and Canada, marking a pivotal year in the young artist’s career.
The declaration that Olivia Dean is the BBC Introducing Artist of the Year for 2023 was made on the BBC Introducing on Radio 1 show with Jess Iszatt on the night of November 26.
Olivia Dean says: “Thank you so much for all the support over the years BBC Introducing! You are such an important and valuable platform for up and coming musicians. From my very first gig at the Lexington until now – poof crazy! So excited to be your artist of the year!!”
Kelly Betts, Editor, BBC Introducing: “It is with immense pride and joy that we name Olivia Dean as our ‘Artist of the Year’. This accolade is a celebration of not just a year of remarkable achievements but a journey of unwavering dedication and passion. BBC Introducing has been supporting Olivia since 2018 and has witnessed the evolution of a true musical luminary. This award celebrates a phenomenal artist but also symbolises our commitment to fostering, nurturing and championing the next generation of musical trailblazers. Congratulations to Olivia Dean, an artist destined for greatness”.