We’ve all been there: the new kid. Whether your first day at a new school or a new job, you know that feeling of wanting to make a good first impression–or not, for the rebels out there. This year’s nominees for New Artist of the Year Presented by T-Mobile are making a big splash in the mainstream. Considering former winners of this award include Dr. Dre, Alicia Keys and Ariana Grande, this award could mean big things for the following five nominees.
You most likely know James Arthur from his Top 15 hit, “Say You Won’t Let Go.” The UK singer-songwriter rose to fame in the UK after winning the ninth series of “The X Factor” in 2012. His second album, 2016’s “Back From the Edge,” was his first U.S.-charting album, peaking at No. 39 on the Billboard 200.
Is it an X Factor UK reunion or what? Niall is no stranger to our show, but he is now being nominated for his solo career. Although his debut solo album “Flicker” has yet to be released, it has sent two singles, “This Town” and “Slow Hands” into the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. Will he follow Zayn’s NAOTY win last year to make it 2 for 2 for ex-One Direction members?
Like Sia and countless others, Julia Michaels has made the transition from songwriter to performer. Some of her biggest songs include Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Britney Spears’ “Slumber Party” and Selena Gomez’s “Bad Liar.” Her breakthrough debut single, “Issues,” peaked at No. 11 on the Hot 100.
This Texas-bred rapper has been burning up the rap charts since his debut album, “Stoney” dropped last December. The set launched three Top 10 songs on the Billboard Hot Rap chargs: “White Iverson”, “Congratulations” and “I Fall Apart”. Malone marked his highest chart position at No. 2 on the Hot 100 this week with “Rockstar” featuring 21 Savage.
This hip hop duo may not be new to the Mississippi rap scene, but hit mainstream success with their 2016 No. 1 single “Black Beatles.” Their second album, “SremmLife2,” was released in 2016 under Mike Will Made It’s EarDrummers imprint. The set peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Rap Album chart.