Billboard has come out with its list of the top 21 artists under 21. Check out who made the cut and should be celebrating the honor (with sparkling apple juice, of course).
That’s right. 1992.
Babies born in 1992 turn 21 this year.
But that’s not a reason to feel old. Some of the artists on Billboard‘s “Top 21 Under 21” list have been partying like they are 40 (ahem, Miley).
Whether they have a squeaky-clean image or they’re Justin Bieber, these 21 artists are certainly “what’s next” in music.
You may not be familiar with them all, but you probably will be soon enough. So let’s check out who made the list.
1. One Direction
Ages 19 to 21
What can you possibly say about 1D
that hasn’t already been said? They’re cute, charming and funny and make great pop music. It’s no wonder they beat out the Beibs for the No. 1 spot on the list.
2. Justin Bieber
Birthdate: March 1, 1994
Oh, Justin. It’s hard to believe you’re only 19, but you certainly make some catchy music, which is why you are up here. Now to stay on top, you’re going to need to rehab your image — or rehab your friends. You pick.
3. Miley Cyrus
Wait. She doesn’t belong here. Isn’t she, like, 27?
Birthdate: Nov. 23, 1992
Oh. Never mind.
4. Ariana Grande
Birthdate: June 26, 1993
Before she ever released a song, she had a huge fan base as the co-star on Nickelodeon’s wildly popular show Victorious
. With her hit album Yours Truly
, a voice that made us call her “Mariah Carey Jr.”
and (as of yet) no crazy boy drama, Ariana is definitely one to watch.
5. Earl Sweatshirt
Birthdate: Feb. 24, 1994
Los Angeles rapper Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, aka Earl Sweatshirt, may have just released his debut rap album, Doris
, in August, but the teenager has impressed fans and music critics with his gritty production, rhyme schemes and lyrics. His biggest production to date, however, may have been his Twitter rant against Jay Z
‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail
Birthdate: Nov. 7, 1996
It’s crazy to think that my favorite song right now, “Royals,” is by a 16-year-old. Ella Yelich-O’Connor, aka Lorde, may currently count her dollars on the train to the party, but the New Zealander will probably have to stop doing that pretty soon. With a hit song, huge debut album and sold-out tour, Lorde should probably consider a bank account.
7. Austin Mahone
Birthday: April 4, 1996
We probably wouldn’t know about Austin Mahone
, “the Baby Bieber,” if it weren’t for the internet. His thousands of views translated into an opening spot on Taylor Swift’s Red tour and an MTV VMA
for being this year’s Artist to Watch. Plus, Beiber should watch his back. Austin’s currently neck and neck with Bieber in our “Who’s Hotter” competition
8. Scotty McCreery
Birthday: Oct. 9, 1993
Age: 19 (for another week)
Here’s another one it’s hard to believe is under 21. With his deep country voice, the American Idol
winner is about to release his sophomore album, See You Tonight
. Happy birthday, Scotty
9. Cody Simpson
Birthday: Jan. 11, 1997
Cody is another one of these guys fans found on YouTube. The blond Australian cutie has fans all over the world, and SheKnows readers named him 2013’s “Most Likely to Be the Next Big Thing.” It’s just that Cody hasn’t even released his first full-length album yet. Well, he’s only 16. There’s still time.
Ages 17 to 20
11. Cher Lloyd
Birthday: July 28, 1993
had all of us chanting “I want you back, want you back, I want you want you back” when the U.S. was introduced to her in 2012. We love her infectious spirit and fun music. She is about to release a new album and go on tour with fellow listers Fifth Harmony. Back in June, SheKnows had a chance to talk to Lloyd about her crowdsourced track with Ne-Yo and her upcoming album. Check out our interview with Lloyd
12. Chief Keef
Birthday: Aug. 15, 1995
Keith Cozart, aka Chief Keef, was sentenced to house arrest for a weapons charge. So what’s a teen from the south side of Chicago on house arrest to do? Make some music and upload it to YouTube. Voilà! A bidding war ensued, and Chief Keef found himself in a $6 million, three-record deal with Interscope — and he can’t even legally drink. But looking at Keef’s rap sheet, we guess that legality is the least of his worries.
Check out the rest of Billboard‘s “Top 21 Under 21”
13. Bridgit Mendler
15. Joey Bada$$
16. Tori Kelly
17. Martin Garrix
18. Mindless Behavior
19. Matty B.
20. Lee Hi
21. Fifth Harmony
What do you think of Billboard‘s list? Any surprises? Anyone Billboard missed? Let us know in the comments below.
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