The MTV Video Music Awards are a strange beast. More than any other awards show, it seems like the goal is to shock, be it through wild red carpet moments, on-screen antics, or head-shaking award wins. To that end, the award for Best New Artist is often a bit of a wild card category, with artists like Rihanna and Taylor Swift losing out to bands that have long been forgotten. There are also plenty of artists whose nominations feel, in hindsight, like the apex point of their careers. What’s become of these formerly rising stars? In honor of the next batch of maybe legends, we decided to take a look around the internet to suss out that info.
Tasmin Archer, “Sleeping Satellite” (1993)
Despite her very ’90s bangs, Tasmin Archer‘s “Sleeping Satellite” was a prime example of the best kind of ’90s music. Between the chill, mystical vibe and the substantial lyrics, this is the kind of pop that made people sit up and listen. She may not have won that year, but Archer was a UK import to be cherished.
Since 1993, Archer has struggled with writer’s block and label disputes, but has released two albums since 1992’s Great Expectations with Bloom in 1996 and On in 2006. However, she started her own label, Quiverdisk, in 2006. She maintains an active Twitter account, thanking fans for their continued support and love of her music. In 2015, Archer sent a YouTube message to ESA astronaut Tim Peake to encourage him on his latest Principia mission that December.