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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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Troye Sivan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
MIKEBTM added Dream pop, Electropop
Troye Sivan Mellet (born June 5, 1995) is a South African-born Australian singer, songwriter, actor, and YouTube personality. After gaining popularity as a singer on YouTube and in Australian ...more
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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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Normani is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Kehlani is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Ruel is listed (or ranked) 6 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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stanaj is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
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Beth Ditto is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
MIKEBTM added Synthpop, Punk blues, Dance-punk
Mary Beth Patterson, known by her stage name Beth Ditto, is an American singer-songwriter, most notable for her work with the indie rock band Gossip and whose voice has been compared to Etta ...more
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Blood Orange is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Jorja Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 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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MIKEBTM added Karen O and Danger Mouse Electronic/Alternative
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MIKEBTM added Flora Cash Alternative
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YBN Cordae is listed (or ranked) 13 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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King Princess is listed (or ranked) 14 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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MIKEBTM added K. Flay Alternative Rock
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Queen Naija is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Shamir is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
MIKEBTM added Alternative/Neo Soul/Dance/Urban Contemporary
Shamir Bailey (born November 7, 1994), known mononymously as Shamir, is an American singer, songwriter and actor from Las Vegas, Nevada. His debut extended play (EP), Northtown, was released in ...more
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MIKEBTM added Idles Punk Rock/British Punk/Alternative
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MIKEBTM added Sir Sly Alternative Rock
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Summer Walker is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Brockhampton is listed (or ranked) 21 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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The Driver Era is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Underrated Artists Of 2019, Ranked
MIKEBTM added Alternative Rock
The Driver Era (stylized as THE DRIVER ERΛ) is an alternative musical duo that consists of brothers Rocky and Ross Lynch. The band has cited Calvin Harris, Selena Gomez and Dua Lipa as musical ...more
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Tierra Whack is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Grandson is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Lauren Daigle is listed (or ranked) 25 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