The Best Hip-Hop and Pop Artists of The Year 2020

We may still have a few questions about this year's MTV Music Video Awards — like who's hosting the night of music — but at least we know everyone who's nominated! Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande are leading the pack of nominees with nine nods each thanks in large part to their instant club collaboration "Rain on Me", followed by Billie Eilish and The Weeknd with six nominations each.

These top six singers have been nominated for the best artists of the year 2020:

1. DaBaby

The Best Hip-Hop Artists of The Year 2020

Birth name: Jonathan Lyndale Kirk
Born: December 22, 1991
Origin: Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
Genres: Hip hop, trap
Years active: 2015–present
Labels: Interscope, South Coast, Billion Dollar Baby

DaBaby rose to mainstream prominence in 2019. His debut studio album Baby on Baby (2019) peaked at number seven on the Billboard 200, while his second studio album, Kirk (2019), debuted at number one. The albums produced the Billboard Hot 100 hit singles "Suge", "Intro", and "Bop". His third studio album, Blame It on Baby (2020), became his second consecutive number-one album in the US. It also produced DaBaby's highest-charting song, "Rockstar" featuring Roddy Ricch, which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

2. Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

Years active: 2007–present

On March 25, 2019, Bieber announced through Instagram that he will be taking a break from music to fix "deep rooted issues" that he has been dealing with. However, he later announced that a fifth studio album was forthcoming at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. On December 24, 2019, Bieber announced that he would be releasing his fifth studio album and embarking on his fourth concert tour in 2020. The album's first single, "Yummy", was released on January 3, 2020. It debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. On December 31, 2019, Bieber also released a trailer announcing his 10-episode YouTube Originals documentary series Seasons, which will appear in episodes on Mondays and Wednesdays, starting on January 27, 2020. Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on January 28, 2020, Bieber finally confirmed the release date of his fifth studio album, Changes, to be February 14, 2020. The same day, he also released a promotional single for the album, "Get Me", featuring singer Kehlani. On February 7, Bieber released "Intentions" (featuring Quavo) as the second single from the album. It reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100. Changes was released on February 14, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200, his seventh US number-one album.

3. Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Years active: 2001–present
Organization: Born This Way Foundation
Net worth: US $275 million

Lady Gaga scooped nine nominations for this August’s MTV Video Music Awards, and no one is more excited about it than the lady herself.

Gaga and Ariana Grande lead the contest with nine nods, including a co-nomination for video of the year for their mega-collab "Rain on Me."

Having sold 124 million records as of 2014, Gaga is one of the world's best-selling music artists and the fourth highest-earning female musician of the 2010s. Her achievements include various Guinness world records, 11 Grammy Awards and awards from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Council of Fashion Designers of America. She has been declared Billboard's Artist of the Year and Woman of the Year, and included among Forbes's power and earnings rankings. Gaga was ranked number four on VH1's Greatest Women in Music in 2012 and second on Time's 2011 readers' poll of the most influential people of the past ten years. She is known for her philanthropy and social activism, including her work related to mental health awareness and LGBT rights. Gaga founded her nonprofit organization, the Born This Way Foundation, which focuses on empowering youth, improving mental health, and preventing bullying.

4. Megan Thee Stallion

Megan Thee Stallion

Birth name: Megan Jovon Ruth Pete
Born: February 15, 1995
Genres: Hip hop
Years active: 2016–present

Born in Bexar County, Texas and raised in South Park, Houston, Megan Thee Stallion began writing and performing raps as a teenager. She first garnered attention when videos of her freestyling became popular on social media platforms such as Instagram. She has released three EPs since 2017—Make It Hot, Tina Snow, and Suga—with the latter two charting on the US Billboard 200. She signed to 300 Entertainment in 2018, and released her first full-length mixtape, Fever, in 2019 to critical acclaim.

In 2020, her single "Savage" went viral on the social media app TikTok and reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart following the release of a remix with Beyoncé. She has won two BET Awards, two BET Hip Hop Awards, a MTV Video Music Award, and a Billboard Women in Music Award.

5. Post Malone

Post Malone

Born: Austin Richard Post, July 4, 1995
Nationality: American
Years active: 2013–present
Net worth: $14 million

Malone collaborated with Swae Lee on the song "Sunflower" for the soundtrack to the film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which reached the top of the Hot 100. He later inaugurated his own festival, Posty Fest, which took place at Dos Equis Pavilion on October 28. His third album, Hollywood's Bleeding, explored indie pop and was released in late 2019. It became his second number-one album on the Billboard 200 and featured the Hot 100 number-one single "Circles".

Malone has received a Diamond certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for "Congratulations". His accolades include three American Music Awards, a Billboard Music Award, and an MTV Video Music Award. Additionally, he has received six Grammy Award nominations during his career.

6. The Weeknd

The Weeknd

Born: Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, February 16, 1990, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Years active: 2010–present

The Weeknd has won three Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards, nine Juno Awards, and has been nominated for an Academy Award. He holds several chart records, being the first artist to simultaneously hold the top three positions on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart with "Can't Feel My Face", "Earned It", and "The Hills". One of the most successful Canadian recording artists, The Weeknd was awarded the Allan Slaight Award by Canada's Walk of Fame for "making a positive impact in the fields of music, film, literature, visual or performing arts, sports, innovation or philanthropy".


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