December 6, 2013 at 12:25 pm #394290
I was just wondering what everybody thinks about the Grammy for Best New Artist. What Type of year dose an artist have to have in order to win in your book.
Someone who had a HUGE year? (fun.)
Someone who will be along for a wile? (Adele)
Someone who was critically acclaimed? (Bon Iver)
Someone who had a hit song? (Zac Brown Band)
Someone who might not ever recive a Grammy Again worth mentioning? Esperanza Spalding
What dose everybody think?December 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm #394292
Not sure why this needs its own thread, when the nominations are tonight, but whatever.
Okay, well first there are a couple things wrong with your post. First, if my memory serves me correct, Adele wasn’t someone that people expected to be around for a long time. When the nominations came out, she didn’t even have a song in the Top 20 on the charts. She had success in London, but not a lot of success here in the United States. In fact, for the years after her win, many people were wondering where she had gone and why she wasn’t releasing music. However, it should be noted that she and Jazmine Sullivan were the most critcally acclaimed artists nominated for a Grammy that year, with Adele receiving 4 nominations (3 in the general field), and Jazmine receiving 5 nominations (only GF nom for Best New Artist). If anyone was expected to be around very long from that lineup, it was expected to be Jazmine Sullivan or Lady Antebellum.
As for the Zac Brown Band, that was a horrible year for Best New Artist. In fact, Silversun Pickups and The Ting Tings ONLY received nominations for Best New Artist, and Keri Hilson and MGMT only received one other nomination besides Best New Artist. It was a clear win for Zac Brown Band, who were nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance, and Best Country Album. They were the most critically acclaimed out of the lineup as well. However, “Chicken Fried” was not that big of a song. Yes, it was a big song in Country Music, but nowhere else. Keri Hilson, on the other hand, had a big hit with “Knock You Down” ft. Ne-Yo and Kanye West, which reached #1 on the R&B charts, and #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
And, finally, I have my own theory as to why Esperanza Spalding won. First, that was an incredibly good year for Best New Artist. Everyone nominated (some could say except for Justin Bieber), has immense critical acclaim. I personally believe that Esperanza benefitted from vote-splitting between the two groups (Mumford & Sons and Florence + The Machine) and the two male solo artists (Drake and Justin Bieber). Looking back, the award should have gone to Drake or Mumford, but with the two groups being so much alike, and the two male soloists being alike as well, looking back it should have been easy to predict Esperanza to win.December 6, 2013 at 1:48 pm #394293
I don’t think you got what I ment. But Ok.December 6, 2013 at 1:56 pm #394294
No I knew what you meant. I was just pointing out the flaws in your post.December 6, 2013 at 2:41 pm #394295
No I knew what you meant. I was just pointing out the flaws in your post.
Again OK.December 6, 2013 at 5:53 pm #394296
@thesmartone: Esperanza won because she was part of the MusiCares Foundation so everybody in the Academy knew her personally. If you analize that, then her win wasn’t surprising. She was just unknown to us. By the way, she’s won two other GRAMMYs since.