I’m not a fortune teller. But as a lifelong music nerd, I’ve developed a knack for spotting the next big thing.

Don’t ask me how; it’s…a gift. And it’s one that I am more than willing to share (as long as you bitches cite me!).

Below are 5 artists that are going to be HUGE in 2012. Some you may know, some you may not. But I’m downright positive that these individuals will hit it BIG next year, just in time for the apocalypse.

So check ‘em out below. And if you’re feeling generous, let us in on some of your predictions, too.


Nicki Minaj

So I know what you’re thinking and NO, Nicki did not rule 2011.

Nicki Minaj had a breakout, star-making year. Big difference. Most people were just getting to know Nicki in 2011. And after selling almost 2 million copies, charting 7 singles, nailing an SNL appearance, winning a few AMAs, and touring with Miz Britney Spears, I’d say the American public knows Nicki pretty damn well.

2012 will be the year where Nicki goes in for the kill. Think Gaga’s The Fame Monster. Before The Fame Monster, Gaga was still up and coming. After The Fame Monster, Gaga was the biggest pop star in the world.

Nicki is preparing to make a similar power grab in 2012. Just last month, she announced her next album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded will be out on Valentine’s Day. And with so much momentum and hype behind her after such a big year, all she’ll need is one BIG hit to put her over the top. Can she do it?

We shall see…