It’s that time of the year again. When some of the biggest names in the music industry come together in one room to celebrate one of the most prestige award in the music business, The GRAMMYs. That is still going strong even with it being 62 years down the road.

Among the usual candidates that we expect to see in the award’s nominations, we’re also introduced to a crop of fresh talents. Some require us to Google search about what they’ve done. So before the celebration start on 27th January 2020, let’s get to know more about some of these talented first time nominees:

1. Lizzo

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Source: CNBC

The “Truth Hurts” singer is the most nominated singer in the upcoming GRAMMYs with eight in total. The most interesting of those nominations is for best new artist. This is because the 31-year-old has been in the industry for years, debuting with her album “Lizzobangers” back in 2013. But it seems she was only recognise via her newest album “Cuz I Love You”, that includes her hit single “Truth Hurts” that was actually released in 2017.

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2. Billie Eilish

Source: Forbes

Being such a common name already, it’s hard to believe the California native is just receiving her first GRAMMYs nomination. But with the runaway success of her third and latest album, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”, GRAMMYs voters can ignore her no more. Thus, making her the youngest ever artist to receive nominations in all the major award categories at the age of just 17.

3. Lil Nas X

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Source: Essence

What a year the “Padini” singer has had; setting records with his hit single “Old Town Road” with country star Billy Rae Cyrus, winning multiple awards at the Teen Choice Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and Country Music Association Awards. We can’t imagine him going home empty handed at the GRAMMYs.

4. Meek Mill

Source: Billboard

The 32-year-old rapper started his journey with the 2012’s album titled “Dreams and Nightmares”. Which lead him to a successful career, despite being thrown in jail for several years. His latest album released in November of last year, “Championships”, was nominated for best rap album of the year.

5. Maggie Rogers 

Source: GQ Magazine

The singer first gain public notice in 2016, when a video of her playing her song “Alaska” caught the attention of Pharrell Williams. Her latest album “Heard It in a Past Life” has since blew up, giving her the nomination for best new artist category.

6. Ty Dolla $ign

Source: The Source Magazine

The rapper, 34, has released a host of albums throughout his career and has now only received one Grammy nomination with the song “Midnight Hour” which he performed with Skrillex and Boys Noize.

7. Rosalía

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Source: Mxdwn Music

The Spanish singer is quite a popular figure back in her home country, where she won multiple awards for the work she did in her two studio albums and countless singles. This is her first ever nominations as she is included in the list for best new artist and best latin rock, urban or alternative album.

8. Gucci Mane

Source: Complex

The 39-year-old has a rap career that spans over 15 years with 15 albums, 7 EPs and 84 singles. But, his collaboration with fellow first-timer Lizzo in “Exactly How I Feel” has earned him his first Grammy nomination for best R&B performance.

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9. The Cranberries

Source: BBC

The Cranberries, the Irish band that is best known for their hit song “Zombie”, has just received their first Grammy nomination for their 2019 album “In the End”. The album includes vocals from the band’s former lead singer, Dolores O’Riordan, who tragically died in 2018.

10. Tyler Childers

Source: The Rolling Stones

This singer-songwriter has a unique brand of music mixing country, folk and blues genre into one. One of his recent song, “All Your’n”, was then singled out for a Grammy nomination for the category of best country solo performance.

11. Lewis Capaldi

Source: NME

Don’t be fooled by his looks as the British singer is just 23 and now has a Grammy nomination. His song “Someone You Loved” is set to compete with stars like Taylor Swift’s “Lover” for the song of the year category.

12. Maluma

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Source: Entertainment Tonight

The Latin pop star Columbia has his fair share of awards from Latin Grammy Awards in his career. His latest album “11.11” has earned him his first in the official Grammy for best Latin pop album.

Check out the full list of the 62nd GRAMMY Awards nominees here.

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