The Biggest Breakout Artists Of 2014

2014 was packed with brand new talent that took over the charts. Sam Smith’s debut album In the Lonely Hour went platinum, Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” broke a record for longest hold at the number one spot for a female rapper, and Meghan Trainor made Beyonce a fan. The insane amount of success these new comers have experienced this year was seriously not normal but definitely well deserved. Check out our list of the year’s biggest breakout stars before 2015 comes rolling in with a new class of up-and-coming superstars.

Watch as the Big Morning Buzz Live crew weigh in on who they think was the breakout artist of 2014!

Sam Smith

UK’s own Sam Smith can thank his loneliest hours for creating a masterpiece. Smith by far had the biggest breakout year so it will be interesting to see how he will follow it up in 2015.

2014 Highlights

Top Hits: “Stay With Me” reached number two on the Billboard 100 chart, “I’m Not The Only One” hit number five and his debut album In the Lonely Hour went platinum. “Stay With Me” was also number one on Pandora’s Top 25 Spun Songs of 2014 and number three on Facebook’s Year In Review.

Awards: He’s tied for the most Grammy nominations (six) with Beyonce and Pharrell Williams in categories including Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Pop Solo Performance. He won VH1’s You Oughta Know Artist of the Year, Favorite Male Artist in the Pop/Rock category at the American Music Awards, MTV’s Best Artist of 2014 and was Billboard’s December cover story.

Major Moments: Sang “Stay With Me” live with legendary Mary J. Blige and was the only artist in the world who sold 1 million albums in the UK and US.

Tove Lo

Swedish star Tove Lo blew up singing about eating dinner in her bathtub. She may have the most epic lyrics but it’s her voice that’s made her a standout artist.

2014 Highlights

Top Hits: “Habits” (Stay High) hit number one on Billboard 200 and number 23 on Rolling Stone’s Singles of the Year list.

Awards: VH1’s You Oughta Know “Artist of the Year” finalist.

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