BIMM alumna, Izzy Bizu has been crowned the BBC Music Introducing Artist of the Year for 2016!
The singer-songwriter, a former student at BIMM London, was named the worthy recipient live on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw.
Izzy will receive the coveted award in front of a star-studded audience of musicians and celebrities at this year’s highly-anticipated BBC Music Awards. The ceremony takes place on Monday 12 December and will be televised nationwide.
The BIMM songstress, who shot to fame with her breakthrough single White Tiger, follows previous winners Jack Garratt and Catfish and The Bottlemen, who have both gone on to enjoy incredible success.
2016 has been a fantastic year for Izzy, and we really have been blown by what she’s achieved since graduating from BIMM. A host of festival appearances and live shows, including Parklife and Glastonbury, have seen her already large fan base grow and grow. In the last 12 months, she’s signed a major deal with Sony Music, been nominated for a MOBO Award and featured in Marie Claire’s philanthropic #ShareTheLight campaign – not to mention her recent tour of the US with BBC Music!
But we’re sure even Izzy would agree that her biggest highlight has been singing the BBC’s Euro 2016 theme. The song, a cover of Edith Piaf’s ‘La Foule’, was recorded with the Beeb’s illustrious Concert Orchestra and proved a hit with audiences worldwide.
It’s been a whirlwind year for Izzy, but it’s all paid off. This latest award is a genuine reflection of her hard work, talent and dedication.
We’re immensely proud of Izzy and everything she’s achieved, both during her time at BIMM and in more recent times. Congratulations on the award, Izzy, we’re sure this won’t be the last!