Synth-pop trio Years & Years have been announced as the winners of the BBC Sound of 2015, which seeks to highlight the most exciting and potentially successful talent for the coming year. The group is known for their hypnotically catchy beats and emotive lyrics and are influenced by a broad span of artists, ranging from Stevie Wonder to Radiohead. They have already had the privilege of supporting last year’s winner Sam Smith on his UK tour in 2014. Years & Years managed to beat a host of other shortlisted talent, including spoken word artist George the Poet and unsigned Grime artist Stormzy to take the top spot, based on the views of 139 of the UK’s leading musical tastemakers, critics and producers. The group will join an impressive group of ‘BBC Sound Of’ alumni with proven track records in the industry, including Adele, Jessie J and Ellie Goulding.