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NPR Slingshot Best New Artist: 2018

(Slingshot Winner Collage

(L-R) Slingshot artists Tonina, Snail Mail, Boy Pablo and Dermot Kennedy (photos: Benjamin Hovlandsdal, Daniel King/Courtesy of the artist, via NPR)


Over the past year, WFUV has worked with NPR Music and our public radio friends across the country, selecting some of most promising, emerging talents of 2018 as NPR Slingshot artists. Forty of these great acts were picked over the past 12 months—and for the first time, readers and listeners were asked to vote for their choice of NPR's Best New Artist of 2018.

After tallying the votes, the NPR Slingshot Winner of 2018 is Irish singer and songwriter Dermot Kennedy. Nine additional artists made the shortlist, including many who've visited FUV for live sessions, like Snail Mail, Ruston Kelly, Phoebe Bridgers, Mt. Joy, and Thunderpussy.

Congratulations to Dermot Kennedy and all of the 2018 NPR Slingshot artists.

Slingshot Artists: Top Ten

  1. Dermot Kennedy
  2. Boy Pablo
  3. Snail Mail
  4. Mt. Joy
  5. Ruston Kelly
  6. Phoebe Bridgers
  7. Jade Bird
  8. Tonina
  9. Anna Burch
  10. Thunderpussy

2018 Slingshot Artists (full list)

Air Credits
Anna Burch
Bird Streets
Black Belt Eagle Scout
Boy Pablo
Brent Cowles
Cautious Clay
Connie Constance
Dermot Kennedy
George Li
Gracie and Rachel
Haley Heynderickx
Hello June
J.S. Ondara
Jade Bird
Knox Fortune
Lawrence Rothman
Liz Brasher
McKinley Dixon
Mt. Joy
Nilüfer Yanya
Phoebe Bridgers
Ruston Kelly
Sidney Gish
Snail Mail
Stella Donnelly
Sudan Archives
Tash Sultana
The Hogan Brothers
The Shacks
Tierra Whack

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