SoundCloud Celebrates Rise Of Grammy Nominees H.E.R., Anderson .Paak & Ella Mai

Find out how the R&B singers started on the streaming service.

(AllHipHop News) The 61st Annual Grammy Awards will broadcast live February 10 on CBS. Artists like H.E.R., Anderson .Paak, and Ella Mai could win their first golden gramophone on Sunday night.

Before each of those acts were recognized by the Recording Academy, they gained followers by uploading songs to SoundCloud. The audio streaming platform is celebrating the creators' journey to the Staples Center in LA by reflecting on their early days.

In addition, SoundCloud set up a 25-track playlist of 2019 Grammy nominees. Songs by Ella Mai, H.E.R., Anderson .Paak, Travis Scott, Childish Gambino, Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar, Janelle Monáe, Sofi Tukker, Post Malone, and others are part of the collection.

H.E.R. is up for five Grammy awards, including Best New Artist and Album Of The Year (H.E.R.). Ella Mai is competing in the Song Of The Year and Best R&B Song categories for "Boo'd Up." Anderson .Paak's "Bubblin" was nominated for Best Rap Performance.

First On SoundCloud Creator Journeys:

Anderson .Paak

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.

Ella Mai

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.

Post Malone

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.

Sofi Tukker

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.