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Artists to know at this year's Grammys

The 57th annual Grammy Awards will kick off Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS, honoring the best music 2014 had to offer.

So aside from the Beyonces and the Taylors, what names will you need to know?

Here are some of the up-and-coming nominees and the awards they're vying to win:


Nominated for: Song of the Year

Here's a name people recognize yet struggle to pronounce: Hozier. The Irish singer-songwriter released his debut album in 2014, featuring the everywhere-right-now single "Take Me to Church," a song he says grew out of his frustration with the Roman Catholic Church's teachings on sexuality. The track could win SOTY, though it hit the radio pretty late in 2014. Regardless, Hozier is set to perform at the awards alongside Annie Lennox, and he's someone we'll be hearing more of in the future.

St. Vincent

Nominated for: Best Alternative Album

Indie music's leading lady is Annie Clark, who goes by the stage name St. Vincent. Clark released one one of the best albums of 2014, and on top of that, she completely shreds on guitar. The bossy musician also collaborated on an album with David Byrne in 2012, which gets her some industry cred. She's likely to come away with the best alternative album Grammy.


Nominated for: Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Solo Pop Performance, Best Music Video

Chances are you've heard of Sia, even if you haven't seen her face (she doesn't like appearing in public.) The Australian musician had huge success this year with the smash hit "Chandelier," which is likely to win either record of the year, song of the year, or both. Here's the unforgettable (and easily parodied) music video featuring kid dancer Maddie Ziegler, in case you missed it.


Nominated for: Best New Artist

These three sisters -- all with middle parts-- made a splash with their 2013 debut album, "Don't Save Me." They're best known for their single "The Wire" and for the oldest sister's "bass face." Haim is a favorite among millennials and if Sam Smith weren't also nominated for best new artist, these sisters probably could have snagged it. Damn you, Sam Smith.

Ryan Adams

Nominated For: Best Rock Song, Best Rock Album

With more than 10 solo albums under his belt, Ryan Adams is certainly not an emerging artist, yet he's definitely worth a mention. Adams released his critically acclaimed self titled album in 2014 -- which features the rockin' single "Gimme Something Good. We think he'll come away with at least one award -- especially since getting divorced from Mandy Moore this year -- he needs this.

Brandy Clark

Nominated for: Best New Artist, Best Country Album

Brandy Clark got her start as a songwriter for The Band Perry and Miranda Lambert, but she stepped into the spotlight with a confident solo album, "12 Stories," released in fall 2013. Try her single "Stripes," a fun song about how Clark would gladly kill her deceitful man and go to prison if she didn't have to wear such a passé striped uniform. This talented singer may not come away with any Grammys because she's up against some big names, but definitely keep her on the radar.


Nominated for: Best New Artist

Bastille is an English rock band from London, best known for the single "Pompeii" (It has the chorus that goes, "But if you close your eyes..."). The group has one full-length album, "Bad Blood," which boasts standout tracks like "Flaws." There's also a pretty nifty EP called "Bastille Vs." featuring collaborations with artists like Haim.

Childish Gambino

Nominated For: Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Album

Childish Gambino, AKA Donald Glover from "Community" and "Derrick Comedy," put out the well-received album "Because the Internet" in late 2013. It features solid hip-hop songs like "Sweatpants" and "3005," so even if Iggy Azalea pulls a Macklemore and wins all the rap categories, this guy is still worth a mention.