Everyone knows Adele and Katy Perry crushed the music game this year, with some help from Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga and big names like Jay-Z, Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa. Oh, and there were all those “Now That’s What I Call Glee” albums. Even your mom knows that, and she only listens to Michael Bublé. (Not hatin’, just sayin’.) But what about those underrated musicians who quietly put out albums so good that we practically fell to our knees and turned us into freaking EVANGELISTS? Why did some of our favorite artists and albums get slept on, if we’re talking charts and streams and sales and all of those pieces of mainstream music’s equation? We were all over these artists. You were too, and so was the internet. So why weren’t these artists bigger? We honestly have no idea. (I don’t know whether to shake you or just SMDH.) So in honor of those talents and treasures, we here at Buzzworthy gathered up some of our favorite most overlooked artists of 2011. Fortunately there are still two weeks left in the year so you familiarize yourself with these hidden gems so you can at least be civil and lie when someone asks if you were into Anna Calvi or Nicola Roberts this year. You’re welcome.
Anna Calvi: OH MY GOD, America. You are making me SO sad right now! England gets it. Why don’t you?
ARMS: Our favorite rockers named for an appendage have risen from the ashes of past indie greats Harlem
Check out more of Buzzworthy’s Most Criminally Overlooked Artists of 2011 after the jump!
Austra: Austra singer Kate Stelmanis weaves an otherworldly vibe with her operatic (classically trained,
Big Troubles: Big Troubles play gooey, gushing guitar pop that makes us want to head for the beach
Darren Hayes: Darren Hayes is best-known in the States as one half of amazing millennial pop duo
EMA: Erika M. Anderson, who performs under her initials, dropped her Past Life Martyred Saints debut this year,
Gold Panda: Even though U.K. electronic producer and solo artist
Jessie And The Toy Boys: Armed with a warbling bubblegum-coated voice and fierce, fresh ’80’s-gone-electro
Melanie Fiona: Melanie Fiona generated a ton of buzz with her 2009 debut, The Bridge, and its smash
Nicola Roberts: Nicola Roberts is the closest thing we have to Gwen Stefani (the voice) circa 2004. The
North Highlands: We have to give New York’s North Highlands credit for writing the best-ever song
Tennis: Tennis is one Sophia Coppola soundtrack away from earning a spot on every iPod within 50 miles
The Head And The Heart: I’m not quite sure why the incredible Seattle based folk outfit The Head
The Sound Of Arrows: It’s an established truth that literally every piece of music ever recorded in
Sunday Girl: The blogosphere has honed in on Sunday Girl, born Jade Williams, for her startling beauty
Tiffany Page: Tiffany Page should be a household name by now: The London-based singer-songwriter’s
Wynter Gordon: Wynter Gordon is a spunky singer-songwriter simply waiting to burst at the seams:
That’s Buzzworthy’s take on the most overlooked artists of 2011. Who do you think was criminally overlooked this year? Tell us in the comments! And check out more of MTV’s Best of 2011 music, TV show, movies and news coverage.