Best New Artists of the Year

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5. Lizzo
> Biggest hit: Truth Hurts
> Most recent album: Cuz I Love You
> Spotify followers: 1.6 million

The 31-year-old Detroit native, combining rap and gospel soul, has been a major pop presence in 2019. Lizzo, born Melissa Jefferson, had three songs land in the Billboard Hot 100 in 2019, including the No. 1 hit “Truth Hurts,” which spent 32 weeks on the chart. The song was originally released in 2017 but didn’t reach the charts until it was included on the deluxe version of Lizzo’s 2019 album “Cuz I Love You.” Lizzo also appeared in the movie “Hustlers” and performed at the MTV Video Music Awards.

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4. Normani
> Biggest hit: Dancing With a Stranger (with Sam Smith)
> Most recent album: Normani x Calvin Harris (EP)
> Spotify followers: 0.6 million

Normani is Normani Kordei Hamilton, a singer, songwriter, and dancer originally from New Orleans whose family was forced to move to Houston in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina struck the city. Normani performed on the television show “The X Factor” and then became a member of the pop group Fifth Harmony. The 23-year-old had a top 10 hit with Khalid with the single “Love Lies” in 2018, and this year, she and Sam Smith from London collaborated on “Dancing with a Stranger,” which rose to No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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3. Lil Nas X
> Biggest hit: Old Town Road (ft. Billy Ray Cyrus)
> Most recent album: 7 (EP)
> Spotify followers: 1.9 million

Atlanta-based rapper made music history in 2019, when his collaboration with country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, the country-rap single “Old Town Road,” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for a record 19 weeks. Like many young performers, Lil Nas X leveraged the video-sharing site TikTok to boost the success of the song. The 20-year-old singer followed on that success with the song “Panini,” which reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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2. DaBaby
> Biggest hit: Suge
> Most recent album: Kirk
> Spotify followers: 1.5 million

Charlotte, North Carolina-native DaBaby, born Jonathan Kirk, released his debut studio album “Baby on Baby” this year following numerous mixtapes. The album peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 and featured the 27-year-old rapper’s biggest hit to date, “Suge,” which also climbed to No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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1. Billie Eilish
> Biggest hit: Bad Guy
> Most recent album: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
> Spotify followers: 17.3 million

The accolades were plenty for Billie Eilish, a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter. Music journalists have called Ellish the “voice of generation Z,” by capturing the anxiety and ennui of her generation. Eilish’s genre-blending debut album, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” has been certified two-times Platinum by the RIAA. Its single, “Bad Guy,” topped the Billboard Hot 100 in August of 2019 and spent 37 weeks on that chart. Eilish has been nominated for six Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist.