While some of our most beloved names in arts and culture saw a resurgence this year — Natalie Portman made her dark and twisty comeback in Jackie; Frank Ocean and Bon Iver made long-anticipated returns with new solo material — 2016 was also a fruitful year for up-and-coming artists from across literature, film, television, fashion, and music. Here, we round up a few of our favorite discoveries and raise a toast to an even better 2017.
The daughter of American Ballet Theater legend Mikhail Baryshnikov is stepping out on her own as an actress. With a Kenneth Lonergan film on her resume — this year's Manchester by the Sea — she's ready to be a leading lady.
Fresh out of the Swedish School of Textiles, Ella Boucht already caught her big break when a comically large puffer coat she designed as part of her senior collection was spotted on none other than Robyn Rihanna Fenty.
The purple-haired iconoclast loves glitter, soul music, dim sum, just wants to be herself.
The writer behind summer's hottest novel — The Girls.
Colovos; Namilia; PH5
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The expansive musical project of Greta Kline — four albums in, this year, she finally geared up for a real studio release.
At the close of 2016, D.R.A.M. is probably best-known for his Lil Yachty collaboration "Broccoli" — but, like Bon Iver, he's been something of 2016's musical MVP, collaborating with Young Thug, Chance the Rapper, Ty Dolla $ign, and Erykah Badu.
The native Arkansas-ian rapper and Donald Glover collaborator strikes out on her own as "the rap game Daria."
The mystery woman of Suicide Squad: master of her own stunts, still hasn't figured out how to hold a normal conversation with Jared Leto.
The young star of Stranger Things is ready to take off — with a little help from Winona Ryder, of course.
Awful Records's honorary non-Atlantan and fashion's new favorite subversive face. Oh, and she doesn't rap — she makes sex-talk art weirdness.
Though the comparisons to Tove Lo, Robyn, and any of the myriad Swedish pop stars are inevitable, Léon is doing her own thing.
Central St. Martins-trained and an alum of the design studios of both Brandon Maxwell and Jonathan Anderson, Li broke out as a solo designer this year with her Converse-sponsored Fall 2016 show.
Menuez, India; Saylor, Morgan; Wood, Elizabeth
The white girls behind White Girl. (Editor's note: White Girl is now on Netflix. Go watch, then read.)
After touring with Dilly Dally and Grouplove throughout the fall, Muna — retro pop stars, tailor-made for the internet age — will release their debut full-length and embark on a solo tour this year.
Taylor Swift superfans have got nothing on admirers of NCT 127 — mostly because you can find out everything about K-Pop's next big thing, right down to their blood type.
New Romantic, Starchild and the
The stage alias of Bryndon Cook — Solange guitarist, Chairlift and Dev Hynes collaborator (and dancer in his latest video for the Carly Rae Jepsen duet "Better Than Me"), close personal friend of Porches, young crooner, and heir apparent to Blood Orange. A lot of adjectives for a 23-year-old musician.
A member of the class of VFiles Fall 2016 and a standout punk label — right down to setting their own designs on fire.
One of three actors who play Chiron, the young black man growing up in the projects of Miami in Barry Jenkins's Moonlight. But Sanders isn't just a rising star of the screen — he's also an aspiring model and designer.
Wilson, Charlotte Day
Wilson — singer, songwriter, producer — signed with legendary Toronto label Arts & Crafts (the label of Feist, Broken Social Scene, and BadBadNotGood) and released her debut EP, CDW, this year.
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