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Music’s Best Newcomers of 2010

Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Best Coast and more of the musicians who burst onto the scene last year

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The Hawaiian smoothie started the year as a sought-after songwriter-for-hire (Travie McCoy's "Billionaire," B.o.B's "Nothin' on You") and finished it as a smash artist in his own right, when his "Just the Way You Are" topped the charts for four straight weeks.

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Das Racist

The Brooklyn rappers behind the "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell" lark put their smarts and chops on display for a bong-rattling mixtape.