This was quite a year for the Tiny Desk Contest.
We have big things in store for 2018, and we can’t wait to share them with you.
hear more about tank and the bangas
NPR Music's Bob Boilen and Trey Anastasio announced the winner on Morning Edition.
All Things Considered's Ari Shapiro spoke with Tank later that day.
what the judges said
“This video just leapt from the web. There was a joy filled interaction that had spark and surprise. Tank and the Bangas’ music has personality. The image of them performing in that art class stuck with me — that matters. It’s what makes me want to dig deeper into their music. And I will.”
"I saw a lot of really wonderful videos this year but this was the one that leapt out the most. Such a dynamic, joyful, infectious performance and energy. It's the most memorable entry and the only one I watched over and over again."
"There is star power all over this — from the flawless soulful vocals, to the ensemble camaraderie, to the playful presence of Tank, this one is going to bring a lot of joy to music fans of all ages everywhere.”
"Tank and the Bangas gave me life straight out of the gate. They are equally talented and fun to watch. I loved the wordplay, riffing and 'reading' out of the art book. Congratulations to a well deserved win!"
"Just try not to fall in love with these ambassadors of good times. Their joy is infectious, their musicality is undeniably tight and their swagger is so so thrilling. They’re also bursting with the sense of community and shared love that Tiny Desk is all about. I can’t imagine a worthier group of champs!”
"Tank and the Bangas are many things: dynamic, political, virtuosic and larger-than-life. To me, though, their most compelling quality is that they are so undeniably fun and free. What they do is everything I love about music."
"Tank and the Bangas. WOW! She's a beast and their music makes you feel good. Makes you wanna move somethin. Her personality's electric and shines through. I like how they mix it up — they got funk, soul, jazz, and even hip hop in there. They got something for everyone. Tank and the Bangas are what Tiny Desk is all about. Can't wait to hear more from them."
2016: Gaelynn Lea
Gaelynn Lea’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest entry was compelling, thoughtful and beautiful. She won over our judges with her innovative songwriting and playing.
Since winning the Tiny Desk Contest, Gaelynn has toured internationally and played at renowned venues like the Kennedy Center.
2015: Fantastic Negrito
Fantastic Negrito’s winning entry in the 2015 Tiny Desk Contest was a raw, soulful performance captured at a makeshift desk in a freight elevator.
Since winning the Tiny Desk Contest, Fantastic Negrito has played at a number of major music festivals and at Madison Square Garden, and was recently nominated for his first Grammy.