The Grammys are almost upon us and it’s time to start wagering on winners. We’ve been speculating over one of the most talked about — and important in terms of a young star’s career — categories, and that’s the Best New Artist. Obviously, whoever wins is going to steal the spotlight, and with the fickle nature of music consumption it’s an all too important spotlight that’s up for the taking. With a smorgasbord of acts up for the award, covering genres from country to rap to dub to indie-pop, it’s tough to put the finger on a winner. We’ve weighed up the odds below, and given our opinion on the likelihood of each nominee taking home the illustrious award.
The Band Perry
There’s no doubt that The Band Perry are the best new country act of the year, winning Best New Act at the Country Music Awards as well as Single and Song Of The Year with “If I Die Young.” We think The Band Perry are hot favorites for the win after their winning year in 2011, and because they’ve bought some youthful fun to country music.
Bon Iver has been a controversial nominee at best, first with front man Justin Vernon lambasting the Grammys and then refusing to perform on the night. It seems like with the popularity and critical acclaim that “Holocene” found in 2011, they may have been strong contenders, but unfortunately took themselves out of the race with their petulant behavior. They’re not really a “new artist” anyway, so it might be nice to see someone fresh off the block win the award, even though we do love the music of Bon Iver.
J. Cole was at the forefront of the r’n'b renaissance that occurred in 2011, and aside from working with a host of big names like Kanye West, Beyoncé, and Rihanna, J. Cole earned accolades for his debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story. He’s definitely the dark horse for the Grammy, and while his would be a surprise win, it would be well deserved.
Probably the most talked about new artist of the past year, Nicki Minaj has a hefty number of collaborations under her belt, including one very high profile rap on Madonna‘s new song “Give Me All Your Luvin’”. Minaj has managed to break out on her own as a very successful solo performer in a very short period of time, and we’re thinking she’s the obvious favorite for the win.
Skrillex — the dub DJ and producer that took America by storm. Despite the hype around Skrillex’s grinding brand of bassy club music, this would perhaps be the most controversial win, given the unconventional genre — although, 2011 was the year of the dance-led anthems, so Skrillex may be in with a chance.
OUR PREDICTION: Nicki Minaj.
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