mtvU honors artists that have made a permanent mark on the music scene this year.
Winner of the 2012 Breaking Woodie, the Cleveland rapper's rapid fire delivery makes his debut album Lace Up stand out amongst his fellow Bad Boy artists.
The Harlem-repping PMF grew from mixtape maven to full blown superstar with the release of his second album LongLiveA$AP that featured collabs with fellow hip-hop hit makers, including the singles 'Goldie' and 'F***in' Problems.'
The 10-piece power pop band emerged on the scene a few years back with their infectious tune 'Home,' and they haven't stopped performing since. Last year, while they weren't headlining at Coachella, Lollapolooza, Bonoroo, and more, the band recorded their sophomore album, Here.
The indie-pop sensation hit it big their power ballad 'We Are Young' that overtook the airways in the summer of 2012. Currently certified 6 times platinum, the lead single from their album Some Nights still gets our fists pumping. We can't wait to see what they come up with next.
Breathy and baby-voiced, Canadian native Claire Boucher created Grimes' lo-fi dance debut Visions in 2012. It packs a punch with the bouncing singles 'Oblivion' and 'Genesis,' whose haunting sounds both surprises and sucks you in.
After gaining a large internet following through a handful of mixtapes, Kendrick Lamar released his second studio album, Good Kid, M.A.D.D City, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 to critical acclaim. The lead single, 'Swimming Pools (Drank),' went multi-platinum and the rapper is currently touring world-wide.
The tap-your-toes, throw-your arms-in-the-air musical styling of WALK THE MOON is nothing short of electric. Last year, the Ohio quartet independently released their debut album I Want! I Want! and got us dancing with poppy drums, infectious guitar riffs, and sing-along choruses.