tiny desk contest

Before we reveal our 2022 Tiny Desk Contest winner, join us for Tiny Desk Contest Top Shelf: a livestream series featuring the very best 2022 Contest entries, picked by our judges. Episodes will air live on NPR Music’s YouTube channel on Thursdays at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT. You can learn more – and sign up to get weekly reminders when our episodes are going live — at topshelf2022.nprpresents.org.

The first episode features Tiny Desk series creator Bob Boilen and Tiny Desk producer Bobby Carter.

Stay Tuned For The Winner And Tour!

We’re watching every single entry right now and will announce the winner here soon!

The winner will play a Tiny Desk concert at NPR in Washington, D.C., be interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered and go on tour with NPR Music.

Tour Dates:
June 18
BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Brooklyn, N.Y.

…more dates to be announced!

Watch The Entries

Here's where you can watch videos from the musicians who've entered the 2022 Tiny Desk Contest. Find your band's entry, or just have a look around at what everyone's been creating. 

Meet The Judges

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Bob Boilen

Bob hosts NPR Music’s All Songs Considered and is a creator of the Tiny Desk series.

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Bobby Carter

Bobby is a producer for Tiny Desk concerts at NPR Music.

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Nate Chinen

Nate Chinen is a regular contributor to NPR Music, and editorial director at NPR Member station WBGO. He’s also the author of Playing Changes: Jazz For the New Century

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Big K.R.I.T.

Southern rapper and Tiny Desk alum Big K.R.I.T. is a salient storyteller who spits with clarity and preaches perseverance. 

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iLe

Hailing from Puerto Rico, Tiny Desk alum iLe is a rising star whose ever-changing sound spans an impressive variety of genres, all rooted in classic Latin styles.

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Michelle Zauner

Best-selling author and lead singer of Japanese Breakfast, Michelle Zauner is beloved for her ability to write about grief and love over indie rock and dreamy pop sonic landscapes. 

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Raveena

Tiny Desk alum Raveena is an artist whose soothing R&B music embraces vulnerability and showcases her shining vocal abilities.

See the Latest

Tiny Desk Contest

Announcing the winner of the 2022 Tiny Desk Contest

May 17, 2022 • Choosing one winner from all the incredible entries NPR Music receives each year is no small feat — but this year, one songwriter gave a captivating performance that rose to the top.
NPR
Read more on the contest blog

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