Every year, the biggest names in the industry gather in one room to celebrate the music created that changed an entire year. From Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran to Coldplay, the annual ceremony that is the GRAMMYs draws crowds from all over the world to see who will win the coveted award, especially for Best New Artist.
This year, the categories are aligned with female representation in the industry, along with a few breakout performances in Top-40 radio, but also honor artists like Billie Eilish, Bon Iver, the Jonas Brothers and Ariana Grande.
Although these are some of the biggest names in music, the GRAMMYs also play host to the award for Best New Artist, which has a ridiculous amount of incredible names on the ballot.
Here are the nominees for the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards.
- BLACK PUMAS
Earning more than five hundred thousand monthly listeners on Spotify, Black Pumas is a collaboration out of Austin, Texas, comprised of Eric Burton and Adrian Quesada. Creating funk music with a soul twist, the two paired in 2017 with a performance at Austin’s South by Southwest that same year.
- BILLIE EILISH
Possibly the fan favorite for this year’s GRAMMY awards, Billie Eilish boasts the title of 7th most streamed artist in the world on Spotify at just eighteen-years-old. Collaborating with her brother, Finneas, the singer has more than 48 million followers on Instagram and has an arena tour set for early Spring.
- LIL NAS X
Remember when we thought “Old Town Road” was just a viral trend? Well it wasn’t. Lil Nas X, a twenty-year-old from Georgia, has paved the way for collaborations in 2019, with “Old Town Road” topping charts, earning an American Music Award this year, to his surprise. With more than thirty million monthly listeners on Spotify, he’s frequently found on the top of the charts.
Quite honestly the biggest break out of 2019, Minnesotan Lizzo has created a strong presence for herself, both on stage and off. Creating a body positive, self-love image, Lizzo’s rapping is not only accompanied by killer dance moves, but flute playing too. Recognized by some of the biggest names in music, like Harry Styles, Niall Horan and more, Lizzo has grown from performing in garages in girl group GRRL PRTY to performing in sold-out venues.
- MAGGIE ROGERS
Stunning sensation, Maggie Rogers, has wowed her way into the music world’s hearts this year with her charming personality and incredible music. Just three years ago, Rogers sat in a NYU classroom attending a masterclass provided by Pharrell Williams, now, she’s considered a staple in the singer-songwriter charts and sits atop many Best of 2019 lists.
Latin pop singer, Rosalía has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music. As one of the collaborators on James Blakes’ latest project, the singer has worked with J Balvin, Travis Scott and more. At just twenty-six years of age, Rosalía is a strong contender for this year’s Awards and is a fan favorite in the Latin music community.
- TANK AND THE BANGAS
Genre-bending, Tank and the Bangas is this year’s only group-based nominee. However, the New Orleans-based group has clearly made an impression on the music community, Tank and the Bangas takes a deep dive into multiple genres while still showing the essence of their own in their music. After winning the 2017 NPR Tiny Desk Contest, the group has cultivated a massive following and hasn’t stopped there.
Yola being a longshot to win Best New Artist should not lessen her ten-years-in-the-making roots rock career she’s carved out. Established as the queen of country music, her latest release defies genres and pulls at her listeners’ heartstrings. With more than ten thousand listeners in Chicago alone, Yola is a strong candidate for the award against an incredible category.
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