One of my favourite GRAMMY categories has always been Best New Artist.
Not just because it’s one of the most important and sought-after awards to give at the GRAMMY’s, but the Best New Artist category has been a source of controversies over the years. Remember when Milli Vanilli bagged the Best New Artist at the Grammys in 1990, but had to give them back later that year because neither of the duo had contributed any of the vocals to their album?
This year’s race for the golden gong is definitely a tight one. Here’s a closer look at the nominees who could join the ranks of Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Adele, John Legend and The Beatles to earn the GRAMMY’s coveted distinction.
Courtney Barnett is an Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist from Melbourne. She may not be mainstream, but she is known for her witty, rambling lyrics and deadpan singing style, she attracted attention with the release of her debut EP, I’ve Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris.
Who does not know about this pop diva? But this isn’t Meghan’s first time at the GRAMMYs, because she was already nominated for “All About That Bass” twice last year, however, she’s being considered for Best New Artist now because her debut album, Title, missed last year’s eligibility deadline.
James Michael Bay is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist. In 2014, he released his single “Hold Back the River”, which has been certified platinum, before releasing his debut album Chaos and the Calm. He is one of my favourite breakthrough singers of 2015 and I think he can actually win Best New Artist.
Sam Hunt is an American country crooner who already won an AMA for New Artist Of The Year. Aside from a nod for Best New Artist, he is also nominated for Best Country Album GRAMMY. Born in Cedartown, Georgia, Hunt played football in his high school and college years and once attempted to pursue a professional sports career before signing with MCA Nashville in 2014.
An American Idol reject (Simon Cowell described her voice as almost annoying), Tori Kelly found an ally in Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun and the rest, as they say, is history.