Country bands The Band Perry and The Civil Wars will face off against hip-hop queen Nicki Minaj in the race for Best New Artist. Alternative artist Bon Iver, rock group Foster the People, and R&B star Miguel are also in the mix, among others. After reviewing the category handicapping enter your predictions.
GRAMMYS : New Artist
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Andy Grammer's song "Keep Your Head Up" was a staple of adult contemporary radio for the last several months. Though his album did not make much of an impact, he has an outside shot at a Best New Artist nod.
Bon Iver's self-titled album hit #3 on the Billboard albums chart, proving the alternative band has a sizable fanbase. The album's success is paired with massive critical acclaim. They are definite contenders for a nomination and possibly a win.
With "Jar of Hearts," Christina Perri had one of the most popular ballads of recent years. The popular song could propel her to a Best New Artist nomination, though her debut album was not as successful.
Ellie Goulding had considerable success on the UK pop charts, but she has yet to breakthrough on American soil. That doesn't matter much with Grammy voters, who are not necessarily U.S.-based. They favored Adele before she had mainstream success.
Foster the Peop
Foster the People's enormously successful first single "Pumped Up Kicks" makes them a serious contender for Best New Artist. Their album debuted in the top ten and their singles have been big on rock radio. All that should play well to Grammy voters.
Hot Chelle Rae
The pop rock band Hot Chelle Rae's "Tonight Tonight" went double platinum. Their two singles from their album "Whatever" have both been successful, which might be enough to garner Grammy attention.
Italian group Il Volo has already been nominated for two Latin Grammys, including Best New Artist. The pop opera trio definitely fits a niche and had a great deal of high-profile exposure, including a performance on "American Idol."
Rapper J. Cole's debut album topped the Billboard albums chart in September. He also had a successful single, "Work Out," along with a Jay-Z collaboration "Mr. Nice Watch." He previously worked in production, which extends his appeal to many voters.
Jackie Evancho rose to prominence on a television show, like previous winner in this category Carrie Underwood. Evancho's debut album hit #2 on the Billboard albums chart, but is the 10-year-old too young to take seriously as a Best New Artist?
British singer James Blake has been very buzzed about in recent months. He was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize and his self-titled album was critically acclaimed. However, there are a handful of other British singers competing for the same Best New Artist slot.
Jessie J's "Price Tag" was all over the radio for months, but her follow-up singles were less successful. She is one of the many British singers who is in contention for Best New Artist. Her album "Who Are You" debuted just outside the top ten, so she does have a high profile.
Swedish singer Lykke Li has quite the following. Her "Wounded Rhymes," released this year, is her second album in three years. She has been on the scene long enough to have made an impression, but still qualifies for Best New Artist.
R&B artist Miguel collaborated with Usher before releasing his own solo material. His album "All I Want Is You" has benefited from word of mouth and was well-received by critics. Though he has yet to have a huge single, he certainly fits a niche that makes him a likely nominee.
Though Nicki Minaj is unlikely to win Best New Artist because she is a hip-hop artist, she is a virtual lock for a nomination. Her "Super Bass" was one of the biggest songs of the summer and album "Pink Friday" sold well, peaking at #1 on the Billboard chart. Bet on her.
The Band Perry
Country artists regularly fill a slot in Best New Artist and The Band Perry was already nominated for a Grammy last year for Best Country Song. That nod was for "If I Die Young," which crossed over to pop radio and remains on the charts. They still qualify for Best New Artist and are a definite threat to win.
The Civil Wars
Singer-songwriter duo The Civil Wars will be lucky to get into Best New Artist even though their album sold relatively well and they have a cool factor. They are country artists and the country slot this year is more or less assured to go to The Band Perry. Nevertheless, The Civil Wars could sneak in.
Rapper Tinie Tempah is one of the many British artists hoping to get into Best New Artist. His "Disc-Ography" was a success. He also made a major impression on U.S. radio with "Written in the Stars."
Tyler the Creat
Tyler, the Creator already won Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards, but will that translate to Grammy success? His video for "Yonkers" was much discussed and his album "Goblin" peaked at #5 on the Billboard albums chart. But Tyler has been criticized for homophobic and misogynistic lyrics. Some voters may be turned off by him.