Catching Up With The 2012 Newbie Awards Winners


We didn’t know what to expect when we asked our writers one year ago to nominate their favorite new artists of 2012 for our inaugural Newbie Awards.  In November, we identified the categories—New Band, Male, Female, Album and Song—and then waited for the nominations to come in.  The diversity of the artists blew us away…after

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2013 Best New Male Artist Nominees: What’s In A Name?

f3afc3f0dfaf751f72a31e049a7dfe53’s Best New Male Artist of 2013 Newbie Awards nominees reveals the tremendous musical diversity that’s being embraced today. Note to those hoping to establish themselves in 2014…get a stage name.  And it apparently doesn’t hurt if you’re still in your teens.

2013 Best New Female Artist Nominees: From A To Z


It was a big year for young female singers and performers to establish themselves.’s Best New Female Artist of 2013 Newbie Awards nominees include a teenager and a pair of 21-year-olds and range, quite literally, from A-Z across a wide range of musical genres.  Not surprisingly, many noteworthy performers received votes from our panel

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Congratulations To Newbie Award Nominees Alabama Shakes, Frank Ocean and The Lumineers On Their Grammy Nods

On the heels of last night’s Grammy Awards announcement, we’d like to congratulate our Newbie Award nominees Alabama Shakes, Frank Ocean and The Lumineers for being recognized by the RIAA. In addition to the praise these artists received, let’s not forget the accomplishments by Lianne La Havas and Michael Kiwanuka, both of whom were finalists

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Happy Monday! Allow us to help you start your week with our Mixtape #3, featuring tracks from all our Best Song nominees in the Newbie Awards, plus tracks from last week’s live review of Saskatchewan and Vensaire at Glasslands in Brooklyn, and Katrina’s favorite track from The Babies’ new album, which she reviewed. Bonus track:

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