Though these seven artists didn’t make this year’s 21 Under 21 ranking, they’re worth keeping an eye on as they capitalize on their momentum, from an unexpected smash-hit collaboration to a protest song that arrived when the country needed it most.
Holly Humbersone: This 20-year-old independent British singer-songwriter scored a breakout hit with “Falling Asleep at the Wheel,” the title track to her debut EP.
Jawsh 685: The 17 year old New Zealand producer topped the Hot 100 when his Jason Derulo team-up “Savage Love (Laxed — Siren Beat)” received a BTS instrumental remix.
Kaash Paige: In March, this 19-year-old Dallas-born R&B singer topped the Next Big Sound artist chart and in August released her debut album.
Keedron Bryant: The 13 year old newcomer signed with Warner Records and performed “I Just Wanna Live,” a protest song written by his mother, during the virtual BET Awards in June.
mxmtoon: In October, the 20-year-old singer-songwriter released her EP dusk, featuring Carly Rae Jepsen and leading with a track named after Bon Iver.
Nicki Nicole: This Argentine R&B-trap artist, 20, is up for best new artist at the 2020 Latin Grammy Awards thanks to the hits “Colocao” and “Mamichula.”
Tate McRae: This 17 year old Canadian alt-pop artist debuted on the Hot 100 this year with “you broke me first,” which she performed at the MTV Video Music Awards preshow in August.