Tiny Desk Contest Continues to Be Among the Best Ideas In Music

New Orleans’ Tank and the Bangas have won the 2017 Tiny Desk Contest, but the real winner may be the idea itself, having garnered more than 6000 entries…

NPR Music LogoBy Paul Marszalek

Artists Trey Anastasio, Anthony Hamilton, and a team of public radio tastemakers have chosen Tank and the Bangas, a group from New Orleans, as the winner of the 2017 Tiny Desk Contest.

Appropriately, the announcement came on Fat Tuesday.

The Tiny Desk Contest, which allows musicians of all stripes a shot at an NPR Tiny Desk Concert — and all the publicity attached to it — is still nothing less than a genius idea.

By having artists deliver an original song via YouTube, rights and clearance nightmares are avoided, allowing up and comers a shot at fame via an incredibly simple platform.

It’s hard to underestimate how many bedroom dreamers were given the confidence to take the next step after seeing fellow DIY-ers take the plunge. And while sifting through 6000+ entries must have been a spectacular chore for the judging team, the fact that there is some real potential among the entrants must have kept them going.

The Contest already has an impressive track record, with the first winner, Fantastic Negrito, winning a Grammy Award this year.

Browse the entries, by genre, and watch Tank (and her obvious star power) below…

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