MTV’s Artists To Watch In 2011

It’s almost officially time to call 2010 a wrap, which means it’s officially time to look ahead to all of the great new music, artists and bands we’ll be hearing lots of in 2011. With the clock ticking down the last days of the year, we’ve assembled a can’t-miss list of artists to watch in 2011. Some of these artists you may know, others you may not, but all of them are sure to be big names in the music scene in the new year. Here goes.

+ Wiz Khalifa: Pittsburgh’s pride broke out this year with his Steelers-themed hip-hop anthem, “Black And Yellow.” With his major label debut due out next year, look for big things from this skate-rap phenom.

+ A Day To Remember: These screamo funnymen from Florida know how to throw down and make us laugh. Watch their inventive and hilarious video “I’m Made Of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of?,” and you’ll see exactly why.

+ Warpaint: Ethereal, ghostly and utterly unforgettable. This is the new girl-group pop made by a quartet of enigmatic of Los Angelenos.

+ Miguel: This angel-voiced Los Angeles R&B singer has been seducing listeners for the latter part of 2010 with his ballad “All I Want Is You.” Referencing the work of D’Angelo, R. Kelly and Prince, he just opens his mouth, and he’s a lady-killer. Ask your girlfriend.

+ Graffiti6: The London duo–U.K. producer TommyD and singer/songwriter Jamie Scott–embellish their pop-rock with shades of soul and psychedelia. Their songs have appeared on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “CSI: New York.”

+ New Politics: Unhinged Danish garage rockers lean toward The Hives. One of the most sensational live acts to come down the pike in quite some time.

+ Middle Class Rut: Forget 2011. Sacramento’s Middle Class Rut take us back to the glory days of ’90s alt-rock, sounding like an angrier Weezer or a kinder, gentler Rage Against The Machine.

+ Tinie Tempah: Born in Nigeria and raised in London, this Brit MC mixes up U.K. Grime sound with hip-hop and R&B.

+ The Vaccines: Calling to mind some British rock’s most-valued exports (My Bloody Valentine, The Smiths, James), this band has made a name for themselves with their gauzy, propulsive indie rock.