When we think about the year in music that was 2012, the first things that come to mind are Taylor Swift’s GINORMOUS Red takeover (and her killer bangs), Rihanna’s Unapologetic reign and her controversial “777” tour, Nicki Minaj flying her “Starships” all over the airwaves, One Direction’s record-breaking crowds and “SQUEE”-inducing live performances, plus Justin Bieber’s Believe album and, of course, his abs.
But what about the artists who broke through in 2012? Like, the ones that we’ll be writing “Best Moments” stories about this time next year? The artists and acts we watched grow from the infancy of relative internet obscurity to “OMG can you believe they’re playing Japandroids at the GAP!?” Or the bands who’ve been on their grind for years and finally took off in 2012. Buzzworthy’s writers, editors, and contributors took a good, hard look at some of the most-buzzed-about bands and acts of 2012, from future Justin Bieber pop princes and future Florence Welches to hardcore post-punk outfits to lyrical lightweights who became hip-hop heavyweights and came up with a list of our favorite breakthrough bands of the year. Need a few examples? We’re talking everyone from artists like Rita Ora, MGK, and Kendrick Lamar to Grimes, Purity Ring, and Icona Pop. Read on for more!
Check out more of Buzzworthy’s Favorite Breakthrough Artists Of 2012 after the jump!
“The Big & Best of 2012: A Year End Celebration Presented by T-Mobile” goes LIVE at 12 p.m. ET on 12/12/12. Watch at BigAndBestOf2012.com for eight hours of live performances from stars like Bruno Mars and Miguel, special editions of “RapFix Live” with Ma$e and A$AP Rocky, “Big Morning Buzz Live,” “MTV After Hours” with Norman Reedus, “You Oughta Know,” surprise guest appearances, prize giveaways and much much more!