YouTube Music Night: Meet Your 2015 Musical Obsessions
This article originally appeared in The Daily Dot
By Rae Votta
To close out 2014, YouTube celebrated the year in music on the platform by featuring a spate of up-and-coming performers who will likely dominate the mainstream in 2015.
The event at YouTube Space LA featured the best and brightest of YouTube’s homegrown talent. YouTube has grown to become the dominant force in music online, with an established mix between mainstream artists with major presences like Katy Perry or Pitbull and emerging artists using the platform to build a base before they leap onto the charts. Last night’s hourlong event featured some performers who’ve already made mainstream impressions, like duo Karmin and solo performer Tyler Ward, but it also showcased performers who are the talk of YouTube, bubbling under but not yet household names.
Other standout performers poised for breakthrough in 2015 included Megan Nicole and Kina Grannis, who both performed new original tracks (“Fun” and “My Dear,” respectively), despite both also performing covers extensively on their YouTube channels. Another cover artist turned original star is Max Schneider, whose soulful, dance-y rendition of “Mug Shot” easily got the crowd behind him. An earlier version of the single was featured in the “Veronica Mars” movie this year, and Schneider is also featured on two Hoodie Allen tracks.
Over the night, the performers boasted a combined YouTube footprint of over 17 million fans, and most of them have never charted a song or had major radio airplay. We suspect that will change in 2015.
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