Weekend Rock Question: Who Is the Best New Artist of 2011?

Cast your vote in our weekly readers' poll

December 23, 2011 3:25 PM ET

Foster the People, Lana Del Rey Tyler the Creator
Foster the People, Lana Del Rey and Tyler the Creator perform.
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2011 has been a great year for new artists, with acts such as Lana Del Rey, Foster the People, Frank Ocean, Sleeper Agent, Yuck, Tyler the Creator, Wild Flag, Cage the Elephant, the Joy Formidable, Danny Brown and the Weeknd all making their first big splash in pop culture. Our question for you this week is: Who is your favorite new artist of 2011?

You can vote here in the comments, on facebook.com/rollingstone, or on Twitter using the #weekendrock hashtag.

Last weekend, we asked you to choose the best song of 2011, and we compiled the results in this video gallery.

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Song Stories

“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

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