Who's busted the biggest barriers this year?
This year was jam-packed with new talent that made our eardrums tingle. Take a look at our picks for Best Breakthrough and let us know what you think by voting for your fave!
It's been a huge year for 25-year-old Emeli Sande. She started out the year winning the prestigious Critics Choice Brit Award and a No 2 hit with Next To Me. Then her debut album Our Version Of Events shot all the way to No 1. If you didn't already know who Emeli was, you certainly did by the summer when she had the honour of performing at both the Olympic opening AND closing ceremonies - the most watched television events of the year. Vote for Emeli.
Carly Rae made her UK chart debut in April in spectacular style. The supernaturally catchy Call Me Maybe shot straight to No 1 and stayed there for a whopping 4 weeks. It wasn't just the UK that caught Jepsen mania - the single became a number one hit in 19 countries. In September she grabbed her second UK Top 5 hit with Good Time, a team up with US electronic popsters Owl City. Vote for Carly.
All the way from New York City, Fun. had a 'where the hell did they come from' No 1 hit in May with We Are Young. The song became a megahit in the States after it appeared in an advert during the Superbowl, eventually topping the US charts for an amazing 6 weeks. The video featured a crazy slow-motion bar brawl, and the boys were back on fighting form again in June, dressed as Civil War soldiers for another Top10 hit Some Nights. Vote for Fun..
London trio Alexandra, Karis and Courtney charmed the pants off us in 2012 with their cheeky style and stunning vocals. They burst into the charts in March in an explosion of colour with their eye-popping Love Me video, featuring US star Travie McCoy. In June it was time to release their follow up, and they came back swinging with the sixties style ballad Black Heart. That same month they were hand-picked by Nicky Minaj as the opening act on her UK tour. And if that wasn't enough, TLC's Chilli and T-Boz appeared in the video for their cover of Waterfalls! Vote for Stooshe.
This time last year he was just a Brighton Boy with a big voice who’d made a name for himself singing cover versions on YouTube. Now he’s one of the biggest names on the British music scene with a No 1 debut album under his belt and 3 hit singles. Vote for Conor.
Lawson kicked off the year as the support act for The Wanted on their UK tour, but it wasn't long before they took centre stage themselves. In May they released their debut single When She Was Mine, written about bandmember Andy's ex girlfriend, Mollie from The Saturdays. Their second single Taking Me Over got all the way to No 3. With their just released debut album providing them with a third smash, Standing In The Dark, it's clear Lawson have truly made it. Vote for Lawson.
Rita burst onto our screens in February with vocals on DJ Fresh’s dance mega-smash Hot Right Now. Signed to Jay-Z's label, she shot all the way to No 1 with her first solo single R.I.P., feauturing a guest spot from Tinie Tempah. In August she released what she described as her “summer jam”, the ridiculously catchy How We Do (Party). It was another massive hit - her third No 1 in just six months. Vote for Rita Ora.
Little Mix started off the year on a high after winning X Factor and having a smash hit with the winners single Cannonball. The girls disappeared for a while while they worked on their debut album, but didn't stay out of the media spotlight for long thanks to Perrie's much publicised romance with One Direction's Zayn. By August they were ready to unleash a brand new single on the world and Wings flew all the way to No 1. With their debut album set for release later this year, not to mention spooky new single DNA, there's no doubt Little Mix made a Big Splash in 2012. Vote for Little Mix.
Cover Drive scored their first hit of the year in January when they shot to the top with Twilight - and despite the title, no... the song had nothing to do with teenage vampires. Their winning streak continued in May when they slowed things down with the emotional ballad Sparks, which sent them all the way to No 3. The band joined forces with Far East Movement in June for the feel good party hit Turn Up The Love, and in August teamed up with Dappy for their summer anthem Explode. Vote for Cover Drive.
After finishing in fourth place on last year's X Factor, the jury was out on whether Misha B would be a musical success stories from that series, or fade away into obscurity like so many of the other contestants. When she released her debut single Home Run in July, complete with a crazy day-glo video, it was clear that the Diva from Manchester was going to deliver the goods. Next came 90s-style Do You Think Of Me and another co=writing credit for Misha, cementing her place as one of THE female artists to keep your eye on. Vote for Misha.