VO5 NME Awards 2018: Introducing your favourite new acts – the Best New Artist supported by Vans nominees

The future of music is bright with this lot around

You know that feeling that you get when you discover a band or artist for the first time and immediately fall in love? The six nominees for Best New Artist supported by Vans at the VO5 NME Awards 2018 are the kind of acts that can, will, and have in the past elicited that kind of rush. Get to know the future of music below.

Best New Artist

The VO5 NME Awards 2018 will take place at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on February 14. 

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1Stefflon Don

Stefflon Don
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 01: Stefflon Don performs at the Browns east launch party at 1a Chance Street on November 1, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage) WireImage
Who: British hip-hop's rising star whose collaborated with Skepta, Future, and French Montana.
From: Birmingham.
Need to know: The rapper (real name Stephanie Allen) directs all her videos, and had her own mother be kidnapped in the clip for '16 Shots'.
Key track: 'Hurtin' Me'

2J Hus

J Hus
Olivia Rose
Who: Genre-hopping MC already on the mainstream's radar.
From: London.
Need to know: Hus got offered the chance to collaborate with 50 Cent, but turned it down so he didn't spoil his fandom. Aw.
Key track: 'Did You See'

3The Magic Gang

The Magic Gang
Press
Who: Indie crew who write timeless hooks that'll make you swoon.
From: Brighton.
Need to know: The band named themselves The Magic Gang because they intended the group to be a 10-strong troupe, but soon realised that would be a logistic nightmare.
Key track: 'Alright'

4Sigrid

Sigrid
Sigrid Press
Who: The next big thing.
From: Ålesund, Norway.
Need to know: Sigrid's massive is all thanks to her brother - the singer was planning on being a doctor or lawyer until he made her write a song for him to perform at a show 24 hours later.
Key track: 'Don't Kill My Vibe'

5SZA

SZA
REX
Who: R&B dazzler whose debut album 'Ctrl' was one of the summer's must-hear records.
From: New Jersey.
Need to know: She reckons her next album will be her last because she needs to "grow and learn."
Key track: 'The Weekend'

6Shame

Shame
Shame Press
Who: Brixton gang who're already experts in louche, sneering abrasiveness.
From: London.
Need to know: One listener was so incensed by the band, they sent them a letter saying they "can’t even compare yourself to a crusty piece of shite hanging from Mark E Smith’s slender arse". Who's laughing now?
Key track: 'Concrete'
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