The New Rules songstress appeared to come out of nowhere and dominated the airwaves and award shows.
As well as five BRIT Award nominations and two wins, the starlet also won a Bamba Award and was nominated, an American Music Award and a string of MTV Video Music Award nods.
But while the Kiss And Make Up singer shows no sign of slowing down it looks like she could have new competition on her hands.
Step forward Alice Chater.
The blonde beauty was initially spotted by The Voice star and The Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am before jetting out to LA to record a string of tracks.
Over the past 12 months Alice has worked hard behind-the-scenes to make sure her career is a success.
From collaborating with Professor Green and international DJ/producer Martin Garrix to making a cameo in Little Mix’s thought provoking Strip video, Alice already has an impressive contact book.
And thanks to her new single Thief, which dropped on January 18, it looks like she’s here to stay.
The offering is an upbeat break-up track which appears to have been made perfectly for the radio.
“This one came about because I was breaking up with my boyfriend at the time, and it was always on and off,” the rising star explained.
“I felt like he had stolen my heart. You know that ache and pain and it’s disgusting? I feel like he stole it.”
Confirming an album is on the way, she added to Gay Times magazine: “My whole album is practically about this one particular person who has completely messed with my head in all different shapes and forms, so I wrote a majority about him.”
Over the past few years it has become harder and harder for people to break into the industry, due in part to the rise of streaming.
Songs are no longer jetting up the Top 40 in days, instead often bubbling along and slowly but surely building momentum.
Revealing her plan to set herself apart from the crowd and break the mould, Alice added: “I try and show as much of my strengths as possible, and dancing and singing are equal to me, because I’ve grown up dancing.
“I definitely want to have that at the forefront, and I don’t think too many artists are doing full out dance routines.”