The Band Perry are the safe choice to win the Grammy for Best New Artist. Lead vocalist Kimberly Perry picked up a Best Country Song bid last year for penning the crossover hit “If I Die Young.” That song — released in June of 2010 — currently sits atop the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart nearly a year and a half later. The tune’s staying power makes them, at the very least, a sure thing for a nomination.
Another strong contender is Nicki Minaj. The hip-hop singer has had several hits in the last year including “Moment 4 Life” and “Super Bass.” Her album “Pink Friday” topped the Billboard album charts. Standing in her way is a bias against her genre. No hip-hop artist has won this award in recent years and even big names like Drake, 50 Cent, and Kanye West couldn’t prevail here.
Alternative artists Foster the People and Bon Iver could slide into the race. Foster the People had enormous success with their single “Pumped Up Kicks.” Bon Iver’s self-titled album hit No. 3 on the Billboard album chart.
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