Who’s Next is HOT 97’s artist discovery platform.


  • Web App: Artists can submit their music to gain honest feedback from real people. We have since evolved into offering promotional, exposure, mentorship, and performance opportunities for our contest winners! 
  • Content: From Who’s Next My Grind to Leaderboard Live, we keep fresh content on the HOT 97 YouTube that showcases who is bubbling in the streets!
  • Showcases: With decades of legacy, our Who’s Next Showcases are renowned as a rite of passage for major artists from and visiting NYC. Names like Cardi B, The Weeknd, Drake, Megan Thee Stallion, and more have performed on our stage early in their careers!


Who’s Next creates a community of emerging artists, providing them with resources, exposure, and opportunities to advance their careers.
Past Who’s Next artists have included:
Drake, Cardi B, J. Cole and Megan Thee Stallion.

How to submit a track:

  1. Click the button below or go to whosnext.hot97.com.
  2. Click the “Submit A Track” Button.
  3. Create your Who’s Next account. Use a valid email address in case we need to contact you! 
  4. Enter the title of your track and your YouTube or SoundCloud link. 
  5. Enter your payment information to pay the submission fee.
  6. After paying the submission fee, your track gets sent to our Curators for rating! 
  7. If the crowd thinks your track is HOT, it will make it to the Top 20 Leaderboard! 

Join the Team

Do you have an ear for music? Love finding a song or new artist before anyone else? We are gathering a group of music lovers aka Who’s Next Curators to give real feedback to artists who submit their music to Who’s Next. Curators can win prizes in our seasonal contests like money, tickets, and more!

How to rate music:

  1. Click the button below or go to whosnext.hot97.com.
  2. Hit play on the first track to listen.
  3. Create your Who’s Next Account. Use a valid email address in case we need to contact you. 
  4. Rate the track honestly. [fire emoji] = HOT, [wrench emoji] = Needs Work, [wastebasket emoji] =Trash 
  5. Leave a comment to encourage them or help them improve.
  6. Your next track will appear for rating! Go ahead, new Curator!

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