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The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked  

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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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stanaj is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
yeseniarrr added stanaj
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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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Lizzo is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Kehlani is listed (or ranked) 4 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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King Princess is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Normani is listed (or ranked) 6 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) 7 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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Ruel is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Jorja Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Lauren Daigle is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Brockhampton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Hip hop, Experimental, 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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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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Grandson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Jordan Edward Benjamin, known professionally as grandson, is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter, and musician currently signed to Fueled by Ramen. He released his major label debut EP, A ...more
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Tierra Whack is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Hip hop, alternative R&B
Tierra Whack (born August 11, 1995) is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter from North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a teenager, she performed as Dizzle Dizz and reverted back to her ...more
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Queen Naija is listed (or ranked) 15 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) 16 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.
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Summer Walker is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Saba is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Jade Bird is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Americana, indie, folk
Jade Elizabeth Bird (born October 1, 1997) is an English singer, songwriter and musician. Her debut EP, Something American, was released in July 2017. Rolling Stone described her vocals as ...more
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Noname is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Masego is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Jazz fusion, future soul, R&B
Micah Davis (born June 8, 1993), known by his stage name Masego, is an American musician who was born in Jamaica. Masego is an international, contemporary genre-bending entertainer who refers to ...more
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bülow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Pop
Megan Bülow (born 1999), known professionally as bülow, is a pop singer who had success with her debut EP Damaged Vol. 1.
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Frenship is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Frenship Electronic, electropop

Frenship (stylized FRENSHIP) is an American electropop duo, consisting of James Sunderland and Brett Hite. They are best known for their 2016 single, "Capsize."

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Maggie Rogers is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Cassadee Pope is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Pop punk, Country pop, Emo
Cassadee Blake Pope is an American country music singer-songwriter, and musician. She is the lead vocalist of the pop punk band Hey Monday, which has been on hiatus since December 2011. With the ...more