MusicNewsRumor’s Artists of the Year 2019

Ariana Grande

  • headlined Coachella + became the youngest and only the fourth female to headline
  • “7 rings” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 + spent 8 total weeks at #1
  • Became only the third female artist with multiple #1 debuts + only the fifth overall artist to ever do it
  • ‘thank u, next’ debuted at #1 on Billboard 200 + had the largest streaming week for a pop album and for a female album
  • First solo artist to occupy the top 3 spots on the Hot 100
  • Sweetener World Tour ran from March through December (101 international dates)
  • Executive produced Charlie’s Angels Soundtrack
  • Won 3 VMAs, was nominated for 12
  • Released “boyfriend” with Social House
  • co-wrote Normani’s “Motivation”
  • Featured on Lizzo’s “Good As Hell” Remix

Taylor Swift

  • “ME!” featuring Brendon Urie broke the record for the biggest single-week jump in Hot 100 history after it jumped from #100 to #2
  • “ME!” music video broke the VEVO record with 65.2 million views in its first 24 hours
  • ‘Lover’ debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200
  • First female artist in history to have six albums sell 500,000+ copies in a single week
  • All 18 songs from ‘Lover’ entered the Hot 100 + set the record for most simultaneous chart entries for a female artist in history
  • 3 GRAMMY nominations
  • AMAs Artist of the Decade
  • Starred in ‘Cats’ + released “Beautiful Ghosts” song co-written with Andrew Lloyd Webber

Billie Eilish

  • First artist born in the 2000s to have a #1 album in the US
  • First artist born in the 2000s to have a #1 song in the US
  • “bad guy” reached #1 on the Hot 100
  • When We All Fall Asleep Tour (66 international dates)
  • 6 GRAMMY Nominations
  • Became the youngest artist to be nominated in all 4 General Field categories
  • 2019 Billboard Woman of the Year


  • Released her major label debut album, ‘Cuz I Love You’
  • Voiced a character in UglyDolls
  • Made her on-screen acting debut as a supporting actress in Hustlers
  • Her 2017 single “Truth Hurts” hit #1 and became the longest-running solo #1 by a female rapper
  • “Good As Hell” is currently climbing the charts worldwide
  • Performed at Coachella and Glastonbury, and on the BET Awards, VMAs, AMAs, and SNL

Lil Nas X

  • “Old Town Road” went viral, hit #1 and remained there for 19 weeks
  • Released the hit remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
  • Became the longest running #1 song in US chart history
  • Released his debut EP, ‘7’
  • 6 GRAMMY nominations (most for a male in 2019)

Dan + Shay

  • Won a GRAMMY for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Tequila”
  • Earned multiple nominations this year at the GRAMMYs, iHeartAwards, BBMAs, ACMs, CMT Awards, Teen Choice Awards
  • Performed at the GRAMMYs, BBMAs, ACMs, CMT Awards
  • Toured with Florida Georgia Line and Shawn Mendes
  • released “10,000 Hours” with Justin Bieber along with a music video
  • Announced their 2020 headlining arena tour

Jonas Brothers

  • They made their long-awaited reunion as a group
  • Their comeback single “Sucker” debuted at #1 on the Hot 100 + became their first-ever #1
  • Released ‘Chasing Happiness’ documentary on Amazon Prime Video
  • Released their first new album in 10 years, ‘Happiness Begins’
  • Appeared on NBC’s “Songland” + released promo single “Greenlight”
  • Featured on Spanish hit “Runaway” + released collab with Diplo “Lonely”
  • Earned a Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY Nomination for “Sucker”

Megan Thee Stallion

  • Dropped her first full-length mixtape, ‘Fever’
  • Ignited the “Hot Girl Summer” before releasing the song feat. Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign, which reached #11 on Hot 100
  • Leapt from being an online sensation to becoming a rising star in music
  • Featured on songs with Chance the Rapper, Khalid, Quavo/City Girls + more


  • Jumped from viral star to one of the biggest stars in hip-hop
  • Released two projects this year: ‘Baby on Baby’ + ‘KIRK’
  • Appeared on songs by Megan Thee Stallion, Post Malone, Camila Cabello, Chance the Rapper, J. Cole, Lizzo, Lil Nas X + more
  • Dropped several creative music videos
  • Performed a fun-charged performance on SNL

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