The Chainsmokers are poised to be the first new act to contend in all four general field categories at the Grammys since Sam Smith pulled off this feat two years ago. According to our Grammy predictions, the EDM duo is currently in second place for Best New Artist behind Chance the Rapper. And they are within striking distance of reaping bids in both Record and Song of the Year for the track “Closer.” However, their debut disc, “Bouquet,” had only five tracks and will have a hard time breaking into Album of the Year.
As of this writing, the five acts that lead our Grammy predictions for Best New Artist, in descending order of their racetrack odds, are: Chance the Rapper (9/4 odds), The Chainsmokers (7/2 odds) and three three female solo artists: country singers Cam (9/2 odds) and Maren Morris (5/1 odds), as well as pop newcomer Alessia Cara (5/1 odds). Of these, only The Chainsmokers figure in our Grammy predictions for Album, Record and Song of the Year.
Smith was the 10th act to earn nominations across the board in the general field, joining the likes of:
1967 – Bobbie Gentry
1979 – Christopher Cross
1984 – Cyndi Lauper
1988 – Tracy Chapman
1990 – Mariah Carey
1997 – Paula Cole
2001 – India.Arie
2007 – Amy Winehouse
2012 – Fun.
All but one of those 10 went on to win Best New Artist; India.Arie was bested by Alicia Keys. So sweeping up nominations in all four races is key to identifying the Grammy frontrunner for Best New Artist.
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