At the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, the Top New Artist finalists range from hip-hop start-ups to "American Idol" winners. With hit singles like "Lighters," "Pumped Up Kicks" and "Black and Yellow," these up-and-comers all made a major splash on the charts in the last 12 months. Get the details on the five finalists, and then let us know who you think is this year's Top New Artist in the poll below!
"American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery, meanwhile, became the first country act to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a first album, and at 18 years old, the youngest man to open at the top of the chart with a debut release.