Best New Artist Nominees – E! Online


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Latto, 2022 American Music Awards, Arrivals




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Latto is bringing big energy to the Grammys.

The two-time nominee, a.k.a Alyssa Michelle Stephens, was raised in Atlanta and appeared on The Rap Game in 2016, winning season one. Three years later, she dropped her EP Big Latto featuring “B*tch From da Souf,” which was made into a remix with Saweetie and Trina.

In fact, Latto has collaborated with several artists, including Megan Thee Stallion for “Budget,” Lil Baby for “Sex Lies,” Gucci Mane for “Muwop” and Chloe x Halle, Doja Cat and City Girls for “Do It (Remix).”

The 24-year-old released her second studio album 777 in 2022 featuring her 2021 single “Big Energy,” which secured the no. 3 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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Omar Apollo

As Omar Apollo recalled to NPR, he saved up to buy a laptop and microphone by working at fast-food restaurants, later teaching himself how to sing by watching YouTube videos.

In 2017, the Indiana-born artist uploaded his song “Ugotme” to Spotify and later moved to Los Angeles to focus on music. He dropped his debut studio album Ivory in 2022, in which he sings in both English and Spanish.

“The life that I live is bilingual, mostly English,” the “Evergreen” star, whose parents moved to the U.S. from Mexico, told the Los Angeles Times in 2020. “But I think music’s a reflection of my life.”

Through his music, Omar also expresses his pride as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. “I’d always write about boys, even when it was just subtle or whatever,” the 25-year-old told Out in October. “It felt right. I mean, this is reality for me. The fact that people can relate to it and apply it to their lives or feel like they can resonate with what I’m saying, that makes me happy.”

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While Anitta is a first-time Grammy nominee, you may have already streamed her music. After all, the Brazilian singer did break a Guinness World Record by becoming the first solo Latin artist to reach no. 1 on Spotify with her hit “Envolver,” which garnered more than 6 million streams within the first four months of its release.

Plus, she’s collaborated with Cardi B, Myke Towers, Snoop Dogg, Maluma, J Balvin and Madonna. Last year, Anitta released her fifth studio album, Versions of Me.

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