Many of the nominees – including Anderson .Paak, Ella Mai, H.E.R., Post Malone and Sofi Tukker – started their careers on SoundCloud.
It’s exciting to follow their journeys as each creator becomes a contender for one of the music industry’s greatest honors. From first upload to music’s biggest night, see below for some fun facts on these creators and their SoundCloud journey.
First Upload on SoundCloud: “Venice” in 2014
Interesting fact: Before uploading under his own name, Anderson .Paak release several projects under the pseudonym ‘Breezy Lovejoy’ on the platform.
First Upload on SoundCloud: “Troubled,” her first solo EP in 2015
Interesting fact: Ella connected with her current agent after the agent listened to Ella’s track “She Don’t” of of the DJ Mustard-produced “Troubled” EP and was hooked.
First Upload on SoundCloud: A cover of Drake’s “Jungle” in 2015
Interesting fact: H.E.R. originally uploaded tracks under her real name, Gabi Wilson, before uploading “Jungle” to a new EP under the mysterious identity, H.E.R., we now know her by.
First Upload on SoundCloud: “White Iverson” in 2015
Interesting fact: In under the first six months of sharing, “White Iverson” amassed over 6 million plays on the platform–propelling his career.
First Upload on SoundCloud: “Drinkee” in 2015
Interesting fact: Shortly after sharing “Drinkee,” a music supervisor for a brand discovered their track on SoundCloud and ended up using it for an advertisement–pulling the duo into the spotlight.