Austin Mahone, Cher Lloyd, Ariana Grande, Lorde, Bridgit Mendler & Cody Simpson Are All Nominated For EMA! Here’s Your Artist On The Rise Cheat Sheet

Vote for your favorite EMA Artist On The Rise!

If you’ve been keeping up with MTV’s 2013 EMA planz, then a.) keep up the good work, and b.) you’re gonna LOVE this latest news: Starting now, y’all can cast your vote for the inaugural EMA Artist on the Rise award! And your choices? Oh, just Austin Mahone, Cher Lloyd, Ariana Grande, Lorde, Bridgit Mendler, and Cody Simpson! (Pretty international list, no?)

And how do you vote for this prestigious award? Easy. You can vote using Twitter, Instagram, or Vine using the following hashtags: #votelorde, #votearianagrande, #voteaustinmahone, #votecherlloyd, #votecodysimpson, or #votebridgitmendler. Once you’ve voted, keep tabs on the competition at!

Anyway, we know how overwhelming these voting situations can be. Where to start? Who to pick? Who deserves it more?? Well, as the age old elementary school saying goes, we’re all winners here (aka DON’T MAKE US CHOOSE). But we can also help you make this decision with a lil’ EMA Artist On The Rise cheat sheet. Ready? And… GO!

Who: Austin Mahone

Age: 17

Why you should vote:

1.) This past fall, Austin won the highly coveted Artist To Watch VMA AND burned up the red carpet with a pre-show performance of “What About Love.” Hold up, gonna re-watch that a few more times.

2.) Austin’s speedy recovery time. Nothing gets this guy down! Not even a little blood clot!

3.) We might be gnawing our fingernails off in anticipation of Austin’s oft-delayed album, but once that debut disc drops in [undisclosed date] 2014, you know it’s going to be an immediate teen sensation.

Learn more about each EMA Artist On The Rise after the jump.

Who: Cher Lloyd

Age: 20

Why you should vote:

1.) This pint-size U.K. firecracker has the best accent in the world (seriously, listen to it).

2.) She’s winning over pop music lovers with fast-talking, smart-mouthed ballads like “I Wish” featuring T.I., “With Ur Love,” and “Oath” featuring Becky G.

3.) She tells a REALLY scary story.

Who: Ariana Grande

Age: 20

Why you should vote:

1.) She sounds just like Mariah Carey (#OctavesForDays), and we’re beyond obsessed with the ’90s R&B/pop vibes on her singles such as “Right There,” “Baby I,” and “The Way.”

2.) Ariana’s debut studio album, Yours Truly debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. #WIN.

3.) Her boyfriend, The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes, is pretty effing cute.

Who: Lorde

Age: 16

Why you should vote:

1.) Lorde likes star-nosed moles.

2.) Lorde is an MTV Artist To Watch, “Royals,” debuted at No. 1 on the New Zealand Top 40 AND reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making her the first New Zealand solo artist to have a No. 1 song in the U.S. and the youngest artist to hold the U.S. No. 1 spot in more than 25 years.

3.) Major hair envy.

Who: Bridgit Mendler

Age: 20

Why you should vote:

1.) Bridgit’s a Disney vet! She plays Teddy Duncan in “Good Luck Charlie,” she nabbed a recurring role on “Wizards of Waverly Place,” AND she starred in the Disney Channel’s movie “Lemonade Mouth.”

2.) Bridit’s second single, “Hurricane,” peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 AND she co-wrote many of the tracks on her debut disc, Hello My Name Is…

3.) She’s dating this dreamboat.

Who: Cody Simpson

Age: 16

Why you should vote:

1.) This blonde Aussie surfer boi has biceps that could knock Justin Bieber’s out cold (YEAH, I SAID IT).

2.) Who didn’t melt into a gooey puddle of SQUEE after watching Cody’s “Pretty Brown Eyes,” “Wish U Were Here,” and “Got Me Good” videos?

3.) Cody’s biceps.

+ Watch the MTV EMA promo video featuring LMFAO’s Red Foo and Miley Cyrus.

Photo credit: Universal, Epic, Hollywood, Atlantic

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