Best New Artists of 2013, Breaking Through in '14 (Best of the Booth)

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Over the course of the year, we in

The DJBooth

have kept you supplied with the latest and greatest in hip-hop and R&B. Now, it's time for you to weigh in. In anticipation of our sixth annual

Best of the Booth Awards

, we're inviting our loyal readers to tell us which artists, albums, mixtapes and DJs stood out in 2013. Using your ratings, feedback, plays, downloads and pageviews, we've assembled a slate of eight front-runners in each of our 19 categories. At the top of 2014, we'll reveal your votes for the year's best, as well the Booth staff's personal picks.

Unlike in previous years, we'll be opening the polls gradually, over the course of this week. Starting Friday, December 6, and continuing on the 9th through the 13th, we'll roll out 2-4 categories daily. Readers will be able to vote on all categories up until noon on Sunday, the 29th, at which point we will tally the final results. Today, we unveil the nominees for

Best New Artist (Signed)


Best New Artist (Independent)


Breaking Through in 2014

. The 2012 reader picks in these categories were (respectively)

Frank Ocean




BJ The Chicago Kid

. Read over the ballot below, then make your selections!


: The results are now in! Find out who our

readers and staff selected

as the "Best of the Booth."

Nominees are listed in alphabetical order


Best New Artist (Signed) of 2013:

A$AP Ferg

Adrian Marcel

Jhené Aiko

Kid Ink


Rich Homie Quan

Stacey Barthe

Travi$ Scott

Best New Artist (Independent) of 2013:

Bishop Nehru

Fredo Santana

Isaiah Rashad

Johnny Rain

Luke Christopher



Vic Mensa

Breaking Through in 2014:



Jon Connor

K. Roosevelt

Kat Dahlia



Robb Bank$