FLO make history after winning BBC Sound of 2023

British RnB group FLO have been crowned champions of the BBC Sound of 2023 – becoming the first group to ever win the accolade along with the BRIT Rising Star Award.


Their latest award tops off a remarkable for the trio – 20-year-old Renée and 21-year-olds Jorja and Stella – who also bagged nominations for MOBO Best Newcomer, Best Female Act at GRM Daily’s Rated Awards and won Best New Music Act at Guap Gala.

Amidst all the celebration, the trio have now also confirmed a much-speculated rumour of a collaboration with Stormzy, on a remix of ‘Hide & Seek’, the lead single from his latest album.

Stormzy also told the group of their latest BBC Sound of 2023 win. Their win means they now follow in the footsteps of Adele, Sam Smith and Haim.


FLO have continued to build momentum following the release of their debut single ‘Cardboard Box’ in March last year, which incidentally was the first track the group ever wrote together. The track now having amassed over 40 million streams. Their subsequent debut EP, The Lead, out last July, has since garnered over 100 million streams.

The trio formed in 2019, before signing to Island Records the following year.

But far from just numbers, they’ve also won plaudits for a seeming revival in UK RnB, with the likes of Sugababes and other RnB luminaries like Kelly Rowland, having become fans – the latter having visited the group in a studio session in L.A.

The BBC Sound of 2023 was voted by more than 130 music industry representatives, including former nominees Dua Lipa, Stormzy, Sam Smith and Foals.

Nominees were chosen based on artists who have yet to achieve a top five album or more than two top 10 singles by 31 October 2022.

Other names on the list included fellow BRIT Rising Star nominees Nia Archives and Cat Burns, in-demand producer and electronic live act Fred Agan.., Asake, Biig Piig, Dylan, Gabriels, piri & tommy and Rachel Chinouriri.

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