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Videos of Young Taylor Swift, Hozier, and More Forecast Big Fame

December 12, 2014 by Alyssa

It’s easy to assume huge pop stars like Taylor Swift, Hozier, and Ariana Grande were just lucky enough to catch a break and hit the big time, but most of today’s hottest artists have been perfecting their performances for years. Check out the videos below of 2014’s top artists singing before they went Platinum, and get an idea of how long these natural-born stars have been working their way to the top.

Young Taylor Swift Sings National Anthem in Philadelphia
She may have the No. 1 single and album in the U.S. right now, but like so many pop stars before her, Taylor Swift got her start performing locally. In this 2012 video, an 11-year-old Swift stands in front of the crowd at a Philadelphia 76ers game in her home state of Pennsylvania. Two years later she would move to Nashville to launch her now-storied career, which will charge on next spring via the 1989 World Tour.


Eight-Year-Old Ariana Grande Sings National Anthem in Chicago
Another artist to get an early start at a sports arena, Ariana Grande is shown in the video below singing the National Anthem on the ice before a Chicago Blackhawks game. Little did anyone in the United Center that night realize the eight-year-old would go on to record No. 1 albums like Yours Truly and My Everything, which she’ll support on the road beginning in Feb. 2015.


One Direction’s Harry Styles Charms in Middle School Band
Before his stint on The X Factor led to worldwide fame with One Direction, Harry Styles was honing his musical chops in his school band, White Eskimo. Watch below as the much-loved pop star takes lead vocals on a cover of Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69.”


Five-Year-Old Sam Smith Raps in a Tub
One of the biggest names in music this year has been Sam Smith, the U.K. powerhouse vocalist behind hits like “Stay with Me” and “I’m Not the Only One.” Last week he hit a career high with six GRAMMY nominations, but even before he made it big, Smith always had star power. Watch his Instagram video below to see five-year-old Smith spitting rhymes in his bathtub.


Before “Take Me to Church,” Hozier Stole the Choral Spotlight
Another first-time GRAMMY nominee this year is Hozier, the stage name of Irish singer-songwriter Andrew Hozier-Byrne. His lush single “Take Me to Church” is in the running for Song of the Year, but before Hozier achieved pop success, he performed in the choral ensemble Anúna. Watch his solo spot from a 2012 concert below.


Young Adam Levine Dances On Stage to Bobby Brown
Many years before he sang about “Moves Like Jagger,” Adam Levine showcased his big on-stage persona at a ‘90s talent show, dancing along to Bobby Brown’s “Don’t Be Cruel.” Hopefully Levine will bring these slick moves on the road in 2015 during the massive Maroon 5 World Tour.


Luke Bryan Was a High School Musical Star
Before he headlined stadiums packed with thousands of screaming fans, Luke Bryan shone on stage in his high school musical, Annie Get Your Gun. Starting at 1:21, watch Bryan as Frank Butler (the smooth-talker in the white suit) serenade the crowd with his rendition of “I’m a Bad, Bad Man.”


Bruno Mars Got His Start as a Baby Elvis Impersonator
Since his 2010 debut, Bruno Mars has always been a polished pop performer, and after you watch this video of him as a five-year-old Elvis impersonator, you’ll see where he got some of his talent.

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