EMA 2014: Top of the Nods
How exactly have 2014's biggest names gone from bedroom superstar to EMA nominee?
It's hard to imagine a huge artist like Ed Sheeran being anything but widely successful and besties with Taylor Swift. But even the biggest global superstars had to start somewhere. With 2014's EMA fast approaching, we decided to take a look at how this year’s nominees made their way to the top. Check out how these massive names went from bedroom superstar all the way to centre stage…
Best Female nominee, Ariana Grande, got her first big break when she starred in the Broadway play, “13”. After getting that gig it wasn't too long before Nickelodeon scouted her to play Cat Valentine. And the rest is, as they say, history!
Best New Act nominee, Sam Smith, landed his big break when he met dance duo Disclosure. They teamed up to create Disclosure’s breakout hit "Latch", leaving many wondering who was behind the song’s silky tones. He re-emerged on producer Naughty Boy’s single, "La La", before breaking out in his own right.
Best Alternative nominee, Lorde, kicked off her career with a performance of Duffy’s "Warwick Avenue” during middle school. A schoolmate’s dad sent a copy of the performance to an A&R exec in her native New Zealand. The “Royals” singer then really hit the big-time when she was given the opportunity to replace Frank Ocean at the 2013 Splendour Festival.
Best Male nominee, Ed Sheeran, played hundreds of small gigs in London and moved all the way over the LA before A-lister Jamie Foxx took a chance on him and gave him a slot on his US radio show in 2010. That led to a record company exec scouting him and setting Ed on the path to global superstardom.
Best World Stage nominee, AfroJack, spent years trying to make it, releasing underground hits, before teaming up with the likes of Pitbull and David Guetta. He’s now worked on tracks with many of the world’s biggest artists and says of his success: “If I can do it, you can do it too.”