Music Odds: New Artists Destined for Superstardom

2016 is the year that needed to be over, like, a year ago. It has been one of the most depressing 12 months when it comes to how many musical legends took the big tour bus to the jam session in the sky.

But from death comes rebirth, and the large footprints left by the likes of David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, and Prince have given young up-and-coming musicians a roadmap to artistic success.

This year has also seen many new artists break through to commercial and critical acclaim. Some spent years trying to perfect the sound that would get them noticed, while others struck gold on their very first try. Whatever the case, their voices and musical abilities have caught the ears of many and their journeys have just begun.

Recently Spotify released their top breakout artists of 2016, so that inspired me to create a list of some of the best new sounds that have lifted our spirits over the last 12 months, distracting us from a year that has been more about negativity and despair than hope and optimism. (Political undertones, you say? I don’t know what you’re talking about.) Of course, this wouldn’t be SportsBettingDime if we didn’t have some predictive fun with things. Next to each breakout artist, I set the odds that they’ll reach full superstardom by winning a Grammy in the next five years. (Yeah, the Grammys are overrated, but it’s hard to come up with a better metric.)

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if these artists get hardware or not. They each bring a great new and exciting sound to their individual genres. So have a listen and add the following artists to your playlist to get 2017 started off right!


Odds on 2016’s best new artists winning a Grammy (next five years)

Rock/Metal/Alternative

LOLO In Loving Memory of When I Gave a S**t: 3/1

SHVPES – Pain. Joy. Ecstasy. Despair: 4/1

Hinds Leave me Alone: 4/1

All Tvvins – IIVV: 5/1

Desert Mountain TribeEither That or The Moon: 8/1

Lewis Del Mar Lewis Del Mar: 10/1

AstronoidAir: 10/1

Matthew Logan Vasquez – Solicitor Returns: 15/1


Electro/EDM/Experimental

Steve AngelloWild Youth: 2/1

DJ Kaytranada99.9%: 3/1

MarshmelloJoytime: 3/1

Rezz Something Wrong Here: 5/1

Katie Gately Color: 10/1

Let’s Eat Grandma I, Gemini: 15/1

Public Memory Wuthering Drum: 20/1

2814Rain Temple: 25/1

Ash KooshaI AKA I: 50/1


Country

Maren Morris Hero: 2/1

CamUntamed: 2/1

Margo PriceMidwest Farmer’s Daughter: 5/1

Muddy Magnolias Broken People: 5/1

April Kry – Fireflies: 10/1

Brothers OsbornePawn Shop: 15/1


R&B/Soul/Reggae

Gallant Ology: 2/1

Louisa Johnson – TBA : 4/1

Moxie Raia 931: 4/1

Mal DevisaKiid: 10/1

ABRAPrincess: 10/1

Moses SumneyLamentations: 15/1

The FrightnrsNothing More to Say: 25/1

SerpentwithfeetBlisters: 50/1


Rap

Anderson .PaakYes Lawd: 3/1

Post Malone Stoney: 3/1

D.R.A.M. Big Baby D.R.A.M.: 5/1

Rob $toneI’m Almost Ready: 5/1

MadeinTYOThank You, Mr. Tokyo: 6/1

Noname Telefone: 10/1

Kodak Black Lil B.I.G. Pac: 15/1

KamaiyahA Good Night in the Ghetto: 15/1


POP

Zayn Malik Mind of Mine: 3/2

Anne-MarieBreathing Fire (working title): 2/1

Maty Noyes – TBA: 5/1

FrenshipTruce: 5/1

Terror JrBop City: 10/1

Hey VioletBrand New Moves: 10/1

KiiaraLow Kii Savage: 15/1

Jessy LanzaOh No: 15/1

Blackpink – Square Two: 15/1

Luna Shadows Summertime: 20/1

Wet Don’t You: 20/1


Back to Work (Old but New Again)

Frank OceanBlonde: 3/2

Solange KnowlesA Seat at the Table: 2/1

Childish GambinoAwaken, My Love!: 2/1

Band of HorsesWhy Are You OK: 2/1

M.I.A. AIM: 3/1

The PixiesHead Carrier: 4/1

Empire of the SunTwo Vines: 10/1

James BlakeThe Colour in Anything: 10/1

Kate BushBefore the Dawn: 15/1

Hayes Carll Lovers and Leavers: 20/1


Feature Photo Credit: Foto: Stefan Brending / , via Wikimedia Commons