Updated December 9, 2021 at 3:18 PM ET

The Listening Party has ended. We will update this page with the panel's picks shortly.

We have many things to be grateful for: vaccines, a steady return to live events and a plethora of great tunes. We've already listed the best albums and songs of the year, so let's talk about the best new artists and breakthroughs of 2021.

Join an online listening party featuring our staff in a conversation about the artists who shaped the year. NPR Music's Ann Powers, Alt.Latino's Anamaria Sayre, World Cafe's Raina Douris, Radio Milwaukee's Tarik Moody and Pop Culture Happy Hour's Stephen Thompson will join host Lars Gotrich in celebrating the best from 2021. This video won't be archived, but we will feature the panel's picks here afterward.

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