While Grammy veterans like Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Lady Gaga vie for multiple golden trophies at this weekend’s awards show, a crop of fresh talent will be waiting in the wings, eager to earn the evening’s most prized vote of confidence: Best New Artist.
With eight contenders this year, it’s the largest number of artists ever competing in the category. From radio-dominating pop stars to outspoken country rebels, this category is more stacked than ever. Before we find out who wins on Sunday night (February 10), get to know each of the eight hopefuls below — judging by their recent breakthrough years, you’ll want to remember their names.
This sister duo is much more than “Beyoncé’s protégées” — though that descriptor is definitely nothing to scoff at. Chloe and Halle Bailey, 20 and 18 years old, respectively, got their big break when their charming YouTube covers captured Bey’s attention and made them the first-ever signees to her Parkwood label in 2013. Over the next few years, they opened for the Lemonade singer on a pair of tours, bringing those heavenly harmonies from their Atlanta bedroom to super-sized stadiums around the world, and paving the way for their debut album, The Kids Are Alright.
Pair that resounding breakout success with a budding acting career (they have recurring roles on Freeform’s Grown-ish), and you’ve got two forces to be reckoned with… even if the description on their YouTube channel — “just two girls who love making music in our living room” — is much too modest to encapsulate it.