In the digital age, it is becoming increasingly difficult for musicians to stand out as individuals with something different to offer the world. The industry has become saturated with act after act, that bring the same level of talent and longevity to the game, and anyone can share their work with the world on the internet. Thirty-five year old Washington, D.C. artist Kelela has a uniqueness to her art, making her stand out in the indie R&B world.
“Honestly, this is so much bigger than me,” 20-year-old Khalid said as he accepted the 2018 Billboard Music Award for “Best New Artist.” “This is for the youth, the young believers and all the dreamers out there. Do not listen to negativity. The only person in the way of your future is yourself.”