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The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked  

Coley Reed
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List Rules Vote up the artists you think deserved more recognition in 2019.

While some artists quickly shoot to the top of the charts after one release, others remain under the radar for far too long. The top underrated artists today include charismatic rappers, soulful songwriters, and everyone in between. Some of the most underrated musical artists of 2019 are poised for a break-out year by heading out on buzz-worthy tours and releasing new albums.

Some of the 2019 underrated artists who've had a big year include Lizzo, Tierra Whack, and Betty Who. On the heels of a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, Jorja Smith has the momentum to go from underrated to superstar.

Chicago is brimming with a variety of good underrated artists, such as Saba and CupcakKe.

Which underrated acts do you think deserve more attention? Vote for the hottest underrated artists right now and please add any underrated gems we may have missed.

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Feloni is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
DGoldsteinShine added Hip hop music, Rap music, Alternative rock
Trish Best, known by her stage name Feloni, is an African-American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. Her coming out as lesbian was featured on MTV's LOGO documentary show Coming Out Stories.
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Alec Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Pop
Alec Benjamin (born May 28, 1994) is an American singer-songwriter from Phoenix, Arizona. He is known for his songs "Paper Crown", "I Built A Friend", "End of the ...more
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Ruel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
R&B, pop, soul
Ruel van Dijk (born October 29, 2002), known professionally as Ruel, is an Australian singer from Sydney and born in London, best known for his singles "Don't Tell Me" and ...more
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Troye Sivan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
MIKEBTM added Dream pop, Electropop
Troye Sivan Mellet (born 5 June 1995) is a South African-born Australian singer, songwriter, actor, and YouTuber. After gaining popularity as a singer on YouTube and in Australian talent ...more
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Saba is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Hip hop
Tahj Malik Chandler (born July 17, 1994), better known by his stage name Saba (stylized as SABA), is an American rapper and record producer. He grew up in the Austin neighborhood of the West ...more
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King Princess is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Pop
Mikaela Straus (born December 19, 1998), known by her stage name King Princess, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer from Brooklyn, New York. She is signed to ...more
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Kehlani is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
R&B, Hip hop, Neo soul
Kehlani Ashley Parrish (born April 24, 1995) is an American singer, songwriter and dancer, signed to Atlantic Records. Kehlani is originally from Oakland, California, where she achieved initial ...more
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Lizzo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Hip hop, Alternative hip hop, Pop
Melissa Jefferson (born April 27, 1988), better known by her stage name Lizzo, is an American alternative hip hop artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a founding member of indie hip ...more
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Normani is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
R&B, pop
Normani Kordei Hamilton (born May 31, 1996), recording mononymously as Normani, is an American singer, songwriter and dancer. She is a former member of the girl group Fifth Harmony. In 2017, she ...more
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YBN Cordae is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Elijah Reed added Hip hop
Cordae Amari Dunston (born August 26, 1997), known professionally as YBN Cordae, is an American rapper, singer raised in Suitland, Maryland, Dunston began rapping at a young age under the stage ...more
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Jorja Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
UK garage, Soul, Neo soul
Jorja Smith (born June 11, 1997) is an English singer from Walsall, West Midlands. She has independently released numerous singles and one extended play, Project 11 (2016), and is known for her ...more
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Stefflon Don is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
``@iTurnDownHead┬┤┬┤ added Hip hop
Stephanie Victoria Allen (born 14 December 1991), better known by her stage name Stefflon Don, is an English rapper, singer and songwriter. She first appeared in the song "London" by ...more
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Brockhampton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Alternative hip hop, Pop, R&B
Brockhampton is a California-based American hip-hop collective, self-described as a "boy band", formed in San Marcos, Texas in 2015. Brockhampton was partially founded on Internet ...more
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Ruelle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
geminitaurus added Ruelle
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Summer Walker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
R&B
Summer Walker (born April 11, 1996) is an American singer, songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. She is signed to LoveRenaissance and Interscope Records. Her debut studio album Last Day of Summer ...more
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imdontai is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
apperiniumisawordok added imdontai
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Lauren Daigle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Lauren Ashley Daigle (born September 9, 1991) is an American contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter. After being signed to the label Centricity Music, she released her debut album, ...more
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Maggie Rogers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Pop, art pop, folk-pop
Margaret Debay Rogers is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and producer from Easton, Maryland. She rose to fame after her song "Alaska" was played to Pharrell Williams during a ...more
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Billie Eilish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
littleghost added Art pop, Dark pop, Electropop
Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell (born December 18, 2001), known professionally as Billie Eilish, is an American singer and songwriter signed to Interscope Records. Her first experience with ...more
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Blood Orange is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
MIKEBTM added R and B/Urban contemporary/neo soul/singer songwriter
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MIKEBTM added K. Flay Alternative Rock
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Chrissy Costanza is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Sean Gerald added Chrissy Costanza Pop
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Noname is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Hip hop, jazz rap, neo soul
Fatimah Nyeema Warner (born September 18, 1991), better known by her stage name Noname, is an American rapper and poet. Warner is from the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, where ...more
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Queen Naija is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
R&B
Queen Naija (born October 17, 1995), known professionally as Queen Naija, is an American singer and songwriter. In December, she self-released the song "Medicine". She was an unsigned ...more
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Betty Who is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Pop music
Jessica Anne Newham, better known by her stage name Betty Who, is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician based in New York City. She is signed to RCA Records.