Grammys Spotlight: Ke$ha

Very few of us knew who Ke$ha was at the beginning of the year but following a string of hit singles, the 23-year-old singer-songwriter could be a major contender when Grammy Awards nominations are announced Dec. 1.

Her debut disc, “Animal,” reached the top spot on the Billboard 200 and yielded four Top 10 hits, including “Tik Tok” which spent a staggering nine consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100.

Such success should make Ke$ha a strong contender for Best New Artist. “Tik Tok” could land her bids for both Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal (“Tik Tok”) while “Animal” could be nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album.

However, it would not be surprising if Ke$ha were completely snubbed by the notoriously conservative recording academy members who may prefer the talents of the slightly-tamer Katy Perry. Indeed, Slant made such a comparison in their review of “Cannibal,” her just-released EP, noting that, “Ke$ha, on the other hand, is authentic, unapologetic trash (sometimes literally: She wore a trash bag to the VMAs).”

The first single from that EP, “We R Who We R,” became only the 17th song in history to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100. Such extraordinary sales while Grammy voters are filling out their ballots could help Ke$ha break through with top nominations.

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Image: “Animal” album cover (RCA)

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