The Best New Artist (BNA) award goes to the artist(s) only. Academy guidelines described it as the award “for a new artist who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist.”
The submissions are in and the date for the nominations have been set (December 7), hence it is time to start rounding out the final predictions for the 58th GRAMMY Awards. And today we will be looking at the major contenders for the general field. In the following weeks, I’ll be posting predictions for the mainstream fields.
RECORD OF THE YEAR
Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars — Uptown Funk
Taylor Swift — Blank Space
The Weeknd — Can’t Feel My Face
Ed Sheeran — Thinking Out Loud
Kanye West, Rihanna & Paul McCartney — FourFiveSeconds
As it’s been in the last couple of years, the Best New Artist line-up has a representative from the mainstream genres. We have hip-hop (Iggy Azalea); alternative music (Bastille); indie-pop (HAIM); country (Brandy Clark); and AC/pop (Sam Smith).
Throughout the years, this category have been dominated by female solo singers. However, for the past three years it has been won by groups. The last male solo singer to take the award was John Legend in 2006.
Let’s now take a look at the odds for each of the nominees. They are listed in order of likelihood of winning:
The race for Best New Artist roughly follows the same pattern that’s been in place for the last couple of years. There are two hip-hop acts –that greatly differ from each other with Lamar representing the West Coast gangsta rap and duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis basically just rap within pop song. The country side is represented by Kacey Musgraves, also the only female contender. James Blake is the alternative/filler nod and Ed Sheeran represents the radio-friendly pop artist, both singers which happen to be British.