The 6 Music Artists Taking Over Our Playlists Right Now


Is it just us, or is it a really good time for music? Between Beyoncé’s sprawling country-music opus Cowboy Carter, Ariana Grande taking a break from the Wicked set to grace us with Eternal Sunshine, and the Charli XCX x Addison Rae collab we didn’t know we needed, we are being sufficiently fed, and we’re only a quarter into 2024. Lucky us! With festival season upon us—kicking off, per usual, with Coachella’s two-weekend soirée—and the summer months right around the corner, we feel a strong desire to amp up our playlists and find our warm-weather anthems stat. So what better time than now to deliver the next installment of our Ones to Watch portfolio: music edition?!

This year, we’re spotlighting six incredible artists across R&B and pop who each bring something exciting and fresh to the table, from the glittery, theatrical fare of Chappell Roan to the feel-good musings of Seattle native UMI to the bold and biting lyricism of Audrey Nuna to the gut-wrenching songwriting of Kenzie Ziegler to the triumphant rise of dancer-turned-singer Mette and the anticipated return of Scandinavian sister duo Say Lou Lou. Trust us—this one’s a goodie.

Musician Chappell Roan dresses as a beauty queen for album art.

(Image credit: Ryan Clemens)

WHO: Chappell Roan