The best new artist award is not easily rewarded and even though Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are favorited to win; the award has sometimes gone to lesser known artist. We can all remember the year when big acts were snubbed including Bruce Springfield, Prince, Madonna and U2 also when Esperanza Spalding won over Justin Bieber (2011) and Bon Iver bet Nikki Minaj in 2012.
So here are the nominations of best new artist that may not be well known but could still take the prize:
Kacey Lee Musgraves is an American country music artist. She self-released three albums before appearing on the fifth season of the USA Network’s singing competition Nashville Star in 2007, where she placed seventh. Country music has exploded in on the scene and acts like Taylor Swift has made it more mainstream.
James Blake Litherland, known as James Blake, is an English electronic music producer and singer-songwriter from London. He is also known as Harmonimix when releasing remixes. The rise of electronica is why we are seeing this London artist in the best new artist category.
Edward Christopher “Ed” Sheeran (born 17 February 1991) is an English singer-songwriter. Raised in Framlingham, Suffolk, he moved to London in 2008 to pursue a musical career. In early 2011, Sheeran released an independent extended play, No. 5 Collaborations Project, which caught the attention of both Elton John and Jamie Foxx. He then signed to Asylum Records.
Sheeran began to be known in the United States in 2012. He made a guest appearance on Taylor Swift’s fourth album, Red, and wrote songs for One Direction. “The A Team” was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards and he performed the song in duet with Elton John during the ceremony. He spent much of 2013 touring North America as the opening act for Taylor Swift’s Red Tour. His second album will be released in 2014.
The second hip hop act for the best new artist award to be nominated and also nominated for 6 more including album of the year and best rap song, he is said to be a direct rival of Mackelmore. His popularity is based on a large internet following which goes to show that the internet can still create celebrity stardom.
Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987), known simply as Kendrick Lamar, is an American hip hop recording artist from Compton, California. Initially signed to independent record label Top Dawg Entertainment, in 2012, Lamar and the label signed a joint venture deal with Aftermath and Interscope Records. Lamar is also a member of West Coast hip hop supergroup Black Hippy, alongside label-mates and fellow California-based rappers Jay Rock, Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul.
Lamar first began to gain major attention in 2010, after the release of his fourth mixtape Overly Dedicated. The next year, he released Section.80, his first independent album to critical acclaim; released exclusively through iTunes and instantly ranked as one of the top digital hip hop releases of the year. Early in his career, before releasing his major label debut, Lamar amassed a large internet following, and had already worked with Dr. Dre, Game, Drake, Young Jeezy, Talib Kweli, Busta Rhymes, E-40, Warren G and Lil Wayne, among other popular artists.
So who do you think will take home best new artist of the year? Comment below and we will tally it up!!