Over the years we have had a lot of fun working with our friends at iHeartRadio and the entire radio community on the airwaves and online. We LOVE when data delivers us a fresh Emerging Artist to track and watch develop…and when they blow up we get all warm and fuzzy. When these two things intersect…perfection!
Desiigner took over 2016 with his breakout track, Panda, which is nominated for Hip-Hop Song of the Year, and made very quick work of the “emerging” stage of his career. He gradated the Emerging Artists chart by Debuting on Ultimate 100 Artists on March 31st, 2016.
Panda is STILL on Ultimate 100 Songs after living in the Top 5 from April into July. Desiigner was also nominated for Best New Hip-Hop Artist and is in the race for Hip-Hop Artist of the Year with heavyweights DJ Khaled, Drake, Future, and J. Cole!
Canadian act The Strumbellas have already been named the Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist and will vie for the overall Best New Artist. They are also up for Alternative Rock Artist of the Year against the likes of blink-182, Cage the Elephant, Coldplay, and twenty one pilots!
The Stumbellas were on our radar for a while and Debuted on the Emerging Artists chart on February 11th, 2016, blew us (and everyone else) away at South by Southwest, and earned a spot as the April Emerging Artist of the Month.
Now get ready for this: though they didn’t win their respective genre categories, we have NINE other current or former Emerging Artists that were nominated for Best New Artist!
Belly – Peaked at #2 in February 2016
D.R.A.M. – Graduated on August 18th, 2016
Dreezy – Made it to #1 multiple times in Spring/Summer 2016
iAmChino – Peaked at #9 in November & December 2016
Kaleo – Graduated on June 23rd, 2016
Kent Jones – Graduated on June 2nd, 2016
Ro James – Currently #22
Finally, we have a category that really vibes well with the Emerging Artists chart: the socially voted Best Underground Alternative Band. Our September 2015 Emerging Artist of the Month, PVRIS (don’t say we didn’t warn you!), and the February 2017 Emerging Artist of the Month, Hey Violet (how’s that for for timing?), are both nominated!
We cannot wait for the big show on Sunday night! Best of luck to all of the nominees, including the mega-stars, and congrats on the well-deserved nominations across the board. Then it will be back to the airwaves and the charts to see what 2017 brings!