At the age of 20, most people are in the middle of college, going to bars for the first time and maybe buying their first cars. But when it comes to this group of under-25s, they’ve added things like “sell out stadium tours,” “hang out with Taylor Swift” and “get nominated for a Grammy” to the list of things they’ve already accomplished. See the babies of this year’s MMVA Fan Fave categories, vote for your favourites here and catch the iHeartRadio MMVAs live on June 18 at 9E/6P.
At 20, Cara exploded onto the scene with hits like “Here” and “Wild Things.” In addition to becoming the pride and joy of Brampton, she’s also performed on stage with Taylor Swift, appeared on several late night shows and recorded a song for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Moana.’ This year, she’s a Wildcard pick for Fan Fave Artist.
Quavos, Offset and Takeoff—better known as the Bad and Boujee Migos—are all under the age of 25. The group have collabed with some of the biggest names in music including Young Thug, Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean and Katy Perry. Migos are a Wildcard pick for Fan Fave International Artist or Group.
JUNO award winner and Polaris longlister Jazz Cartier is another Toronto rapper who’s establishing the city as a hotbed for new talent. The 24-year-old has three mixtapes, is setting out on the festival circuit this summer, and is a Wildcard option for Fan Fave Video this year.
At 20, Lorde has dominated the music industry, earning the respect and adoration of fans and critics alike. In 2013, she became the youngest solo artist and only New Zealander to get a Billboard No. 1 in the U.S. The late David Bowie once called Lorde “the future of music.” This year, she’s up for Fan Fave International Artist or Group.
You might know Horan from his One Direction days, but now, the 23-year-old is making a name for himself as a solo artist. His debut hit “This Town” went on to be a radio hit, and his live 1 Mic 1 Take performance of the song has garnered over 35 million views. He’s up for Fan Fave International Artist or Group.
He’s headlined his own world tours, boasts Grammy, Billboard and JUNO award nominations and also hangs out with Drake all the time. At the age of 23, PND has already penned a Billboard No. 1 hit—just a lil’ track titled “Work.”
Ruth B first shot on to the scene making six-second music Vines. Since then, she’s performed on the iHeartRadio MMVAs red carpet and has racked up over 51 million views on her video for “Lost Boy.” The 21-year-old is also a Wildcard pick for Fan Fave Artist this year.
Another OVO signee, 21-year-old Roy Woods has amassed over 16 million views on his music videos. And if that wasn’t impressive enough, Noisey once called him the rap version of Michael Jackson. This year, he’s a Wildcard pick for Fan Fave Video.
At 25, this Toronto-based singer/songwriter’s musical style has drawn comparisons to Sia and Amy Winehouse. She’s already captured the attention of Beats 1’s Zane Lowe, who premiered her single “Shutter Island” back in January. The accompanying video is up for Fan Fave Video this year.
Eighteen-year-old Mendes already has two albums and two world tours under his belt. He’s even shared the stage with the likes of Taylor Swift and John Mayer. This year, the teen heartthrob is nominated for Fan Fave Artist.