You need to see Ray BLK’s reaction to winning BBC Music Sound Of 2017

Ray BLK has revealed she went into a “major meltdown” when she was told she had topped the BBC Music Sound Of 2017 list.

Speaking to Clara Amfo on Radio 1 on Friday, she said that winning the title, which recognises promising and rising talent in the UK music industry, was completely unexpected.

And judging from this clip by the BBC’s Lizo Mzimba, she wasn’t fibbing…

“I had a major meltdown, I almost felt a tear coming,” she told the Radio 1 show. “It was really unexpected… My mum went wild, screaming around the house.” Hours before her victory was publicly announced on the radio show, she posted on Twitter: “Life is becoming very surreal. Please never wake me from this dream.”  

Ray, 22, beat a longlist of 15 artists for the top spot, previously won by the likes of Adele (2008), Ellie Goulding (2010), Jessie J (2011) and Sam Smith (2014).

She claimed the title over blues and soul star Rag’n’Bone Man, who made number one in charts across Europe with his hit single Human last year.

It was previously announced that the top five artists in the list would also include Ray in third place, Jorja Smith in fourth and Nadia Rose fifth.

Ray began recording her own music while studying English Literature at university and in 2015 released her first EP Havisham, named after the jilted Charles Dickens character.

Read about it through our interview with her here.

  Thanking fans and the radio station for their support “from the get-go,” Ray revealed plans to record new music through the year and said she hoped to start work on an album and a tour. She also promised live on air that she would appear on Radio 1′s MistaJam show next Monday to perform a live session.