Forbes released its 2019 30 Under 30 list today (Nov. 13). “America’s Got Talent” season 11 champion Grace VanderWaal (14) and Camila Cabello (21) make the ranking this year along with a host of fellow hot young artists. Post Malone (23), Kane Brown (25), Bad Bunny (24) and 21 Savage (26) are just some of the male artists who also made the ranking.
VanderWaal is notably the youngest on the prestigious ranking, two years behind the second youngest artist, Billie Eilish, who is sweet 16. The “I Don’t Know My Name” singer inspired people of all ages when she won AGT and proved her claim that “miracles do happen, so anything is possible.” She was only 12 at the time of her life-changing win.
Since then, VanderWaal has released her first full-length album, gone on tour with Imagine Dragons, has amassed more than 875 million streams of her songs and is developing her own line of ukuleles with Fender. It’s safe to say most everyone knows the bubbly teen’s name now. She’s garnered an international fan base and strives to inspire listeners with her uplifting songs.
Camila Cabello also rose to fame via another of Simon Cowell’s talent competition shows as a member of Fifth Harmony, who formed during season two of “The X Factor USA.” She has since left the group to forge a massively successful solo career. Her eponymous debut album launched atop the Billboard 200 chart and its lead single, “Havana,” topped charts in multiple countries.
Both Cabello and VanderWaal both earned Billboard Women in Music Awards in 2017. Cabello won Breakthrough Artist and VanderWaal won the Rising Star Award. Cabello opened for Taylor Swift on her Reputation World Tour along with Charli XCX.
See the whole list of Forbes 30 Under 30 music honorees here.