Singer-songwriter Grace VanderWaal was just 12-years-old when she won the NBC competition series “America’s Got Talent” in September 2016. She was 13 when she released her debut studio album, “Just the Beginning,” in November 2017. And she’ll turn 14 before the time the Grammy Awards come around on January 28, 2018. If she manages to win Best New Artist she’ll make history as that award’s youngest winner and the fourth youngest winner ever in any category.
The current record holder as the youngest Best New Artist champ is LeAnn Rimes, who was a country prodigy when she broke out with her debut album “Blue” in 1996. She was 13 when that album was released, and when she collected her Grammy for Best New Artist early in 1997 she was 14 years and 182 days old. VanderWaal will be a few months younger than that when the 2018 Grammys are handed out, so she has a chance of sliding in under Rimes’s record.
But VanderWaal wouldn’t be the single youngest winner of all time. She wouldn’t even be the youngest winner in the general field. That record is currently held by the three Peasall sisters: Leah (age seven), Hannah (age nine), and Sarah (age 13), who won Album of the Year as featured artists on the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack in 2002.
VanderWaal is an underdog according to our latest racetrack odds, ranked 11th with 5/1 odds overall. But as of this writing one of our Top 24 Users thinks she will be nominated, which is significant because out Top 24 were the highest scoring users predicting last year’s Grammy nominations. She’s also backed by one of our All-Star Top 24, who got the highest scores when you combine Grammy predictions from the last two years. And she wouldn’t be the first TV talent show winner to claim the New Artist Grammy. “American Idol” champ Carrie Underwood pulled off that feat in 2007.
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