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Katy B is a London-based garage and dubstep musician. Her music is influenced by the likes of Mary J. Blige, Gwen Stefani and Faith Evans. Katy graduated from the London BRIT School, the home of many famous acts, including Adele and Jessie J. Previously she sang as Baby Katy, notably on the 2006 single Tell Me, where she collaborated with DJ NG. Katy B has also appeared on hits for other artists, such as Good Life by Geeneus, Hold Me by the Count and Sinden and I Try by Jelly Jams. She featured on two tracks by Magnetic Man: Perfect Stranger and Crossover. In 2012, Katy B appeared on a track with Mark Ronson. Anywhere in the World was used as a Coca Cola advert ahead of the London Olympics. She also collaborated with Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike on their 2013 track Find Tomorrow.
Her first official solo track was Katy on a Mission, which was released in 2010. This reached number five on the official UK chart and took the No. 1 spot on the indie chart. Her second single, Lights On, was released later in the year and got to number four in the UK. This track featured vocals from Ms. Dynamite. Katy B's debut album, titled On a Mission, came out in 2011. It peaked at number two in the UK charts. In the same year, she also released her third single, Broken Record. This got to number eight in the UK charts. Her follow-up album, Little Red, was released in 2014.
She has also released three EPs: Danger in 2012 and What Love Is Made Of and 5AM in 2013. In 2011, she released a recording from her live performance at that year's iTunes Festival in London. Katy B's first solo UK and European tour took place in the second half of 2011. Earlier in that year, she supported Tinie Tempah on his tour. In 2009, Katy B performed with Ms. Dynamite at the London Jazz Festival.
Throughout her career, Katy B has received recognition from the industry for her musical talents. She has received two MOBO Award nominations, as well as a nomination for a MTV Europe Music Award. In 2012, she walked off with the award for Best Dancefloor Anthem at the NME Awards. Katy B was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize in 2011.