If there's one thing we've learned from 2016 thus far, it's that there's so much young talent out there. Too much, maybe—it would be impossible to list off all the teenage musicians making waves this year, but we have to start somewhere. Easy access to production software has democratized music making and overnight success stories give rising artists hope. As ever, it is the youth who are pushing boundaries and creating without limits—those artists whose names you don’t recognize now are the stars of the future.
Or maybe they are the stars of the present. Artists like Lorde and Desiigner had No. 1 singles before they even hit 20, while viral sensations like Lil Yachty and independent grinders like Night Lovell are already touring to loyal fan bases.
Whether they’re just getting started, already wildly successful, or somewhere in between, these 20 artists under 20 years old are all pushing music forward.