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  • Final2
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    Just something that’s been on my mind recently. Does winning Best New Artist at the Grammys really mean anything or even matter? My reason is what do they win for? What they have accomplished or might accomplish or critical acclaim or just safe to give to a certain act? Some major successful acts like Katy Perry, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, U2 and Destiny’s Child (This includes Beyoncé) weren’t never even nominated and have all been nominated/won Album of the Year. Now there have been successful acts to win such as Adele, The Beatles, Mariah Carey, Xtina and Alica Keys who have had brilliant success. Then there’s the acts that won against acts that became huge and won numerous Grammys including Album Of The Year like Mumford and Sons and Taylor Swift losing to Esperanza Spalding and and Amy Winehouse both of which never matched the success of the acts they beat. Then there’s the winners that make no sense over incredibly talented acts like Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis (pretty much every else nominated against them), Bon Iver (Nicki Minaj, J. Cole or The Band Perry), Maroon5 (Kanye West, Hootie (Shiana Twain), Shelby Lynne (Brad Paisley) and Milli and Vanilli in general. So my question is, is the Grammy Award for Best New Artist that big of a deal when hugely respected artist didn’t win or were never even nominated? What is this award even for? Should they even give it out? And What’s the point of the award when only certain acts can be nominated with such strict rules?

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    PoweR
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    #410500

    While Best New Artist has its faults, so does any other category. Best New Artist is still an important category and has gone to many deserving acts. If anything, the committee needs to find some definitive rules. It’s like they don’t really have an idea what a “New Artist” is. It’s just a bunch of rules thrown together.

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    Gucci
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    Honey, Amy Winehouse totally deserved to win Best New Artist over Taylor Swift and all the other nominees she was up against that year.  Back To Black is amazing.  People forget that Best New Artist awards the “best new artist” of the year, not the “best new artist” that will most likely be around in five-ten years.  Commercial success should not be the only deciding factor.  Voters felt that the acts that have won Best New Artist were the “best” their respective years.  The word “best” is very subjective.

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    Final2
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    Honey, Amy Winehouse totally deserved to win Best New Artist over Taylor Swift and all the other nominees she was up against that year.  Back To Black is amazing.  People forget that Best New Artist awards the “best new artist” of the year, not the “best new artist” that will most likely be around in five-ten years.  Commercial success should not be the only deciding factor.  Voters felt that the acts that have won Best New Artist were the “best” their respective years.  The word “best” is very subjective.

    The point was two years later Taylor won Album of the Year not 5 or 10 years later. Amy never released another album. So what you think BNA is that they had one good year, not about their future. That was my question.

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    [quote=”Gucci”]Honey, Amy Winehouse totally deserved to win Best New Artist over Taylor Swift and all the other nominees she was up against that year.  Back To Black is amazing.  People forget that Best New Artist awards the “best new artist” of the year, not the “best new artist” that will most likely be around in five-ten years.  Commercial success should not be the only deciding factor.  Voters felt that the acts that have won Best New Artist were the “best” their respective years.  The word “best” is very subjective.

    The point was two years later Taylor won Album of the Year not 5 or 10 years later. Amy never released another album. So what you think BNA is that they had one good year, not about their future. That was my question. [/quote]

    But Amy Winehouse was nominated for two future Grammys, winning one of them. And given that after her passing, her family decided to release an album of songs that she had recorded suggests that she was planning at some point on releasing new music. The time scale you’re referring to may have been hindered while Amy was trying to overcome her demons. Best New Artist goes to an act with the biggest breakthrough in a given year, and the future potential of the artist. Amy Winehouse had both, but unfortunately passed away before getting a chance to demonstrate her immense talent in the same way that she did with Back To Black. 

     

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    mikeboy898
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    I like to think of BNA as the best/most buzzed about/commercially successful (in their specific genres) artists/bands of that Grammy year, or even the year or so before. Ed Sheeran and HAIM were nominated after they had already established plenty of buzz the year prior, for example. 

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    Honey, Amy Winehouse totally deserved to win Best New Artist over Taylor Swift and all the other nominees she was up against that year.  Back To Black is amazing.  People forget that Best New Artist awards the “best new artist” of the year, not the “best new artist” that will most likely be around in five-ten years.  Commercial success should not be the only deciding factor.  Voters felt that the acts that have won Best New Artist were the “best” their respective years.  The word “best” is very subjective.

    Yeah that statement was a little …..  

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    #410506

    Will George Ezra be considered a conteder for this year? I know his album came out in the U.K. last summer but it was Jan for US according to iTunes and Ed Sheeran found a way to get in after his album being out for over a year 

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    Final2
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    Will George Ezra be considered a conteder for this year? I know his album came out in the U.K. last summer but it was Jan for US according to iTunes and Ed Sheeran found a way to get in after his album being out for over a year 

    It only matters when you release in America so he’ll be eligible if he releases during the Grammy calendar.

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    #410508

    George Ezra is definitely eligible and is likely a frontrunner to be nominated, along with FKA twigs and/or Tinashe.

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    Seeing Sam Hunt doing so well with his debut makes me wonder if he could
    get the “country slot” in BNA next year. His album got pretty solid
    reviews (even ended up in a couple of critics’ Top 10 lists for 2014)
    and has been pulling great numbers for a country new artist (already
    Gold after six months and still selling pretty steadily). His first two
    singles did great digitally, selling over 1kk, with both hitting #01 on
    the Country Charts. It looks like a solid contender to me.

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    Seeing Sam Hunt doing so well with his debut makes me wonder if he could
    get the “country slot” in BNA next year. His album got pretty solid
    reviews (even ended up in a couple of critics’ Top 10 lists for 2014)
    and has been pulling great numbers for a country new artist (already
    Gold after six months and still selling pretty steadily). His first two
    singles did great digitally, selling over 1kk, with both hitting #01 on
    the Country Charts. It looks like a solid contender to me.

    While he definitely has a shot the Grammys tend to ignore commercially successful male singer. They tend to in recent years to pick lesser known female country acts. Kasey Musgraves and Brandy Clark over Florida Georgia Line and Brett Eldredge. Look for Maddie and Tae whose album come out later this year if they have a decent debut, they’d fit the mold of who the Grammys have been nominating recently in response to Bro-Country. Girl In A Country Song did manage to hit #1 on country radio which is amazing considering Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood were the last females to top the chart in 2012 with Ours, Over You and Blown Away. Seriously every #1 song on country radio between November 10th 2012 and December 20th 2014 had a man credited.

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    [quote=”KaduDiniz”]Seeing Sam Hunt doing so well with his debut makes me wonder if he could
    get the “country slot” in BNA next year. His album got pretty solid
    reviews (even ended up in a couple of critics’ Top 10 lists for 2014)
    and has been pulling great numbers for a country new artist (already
    Gold after six months and still selling pretty steadily). His first two
    singles did great digitally, selling over 1kk, with both hitting #01 on
    the Country Charts. It looks like a solid contender to me.

    While he definitely has a shot the Grammys tend to ignore commercially successful male singer. They tend to in recent years to pick lesser known female country acts. Kasey Musgraves and Brandy Clark over Florida Georgia Line and Brett Eldredge. Look for Maddie and Tae whose album come out later this year if they have a decent debut, they’d fit the mold of who the Grammys have been nominating recently in response to Bro-Country. Girl In A Country Song did manage to hit #1 on country radio which is amazing considering Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood were the last females to top the chart in 2012 with Ours, Over You and Blown Away. Seriously every #1 song on country radio between November 10th 2012 and December 20th 2014 had a man credited. [/quote]

    Yes, that’s why I’m not completely sold on his chances. In Sam’s defence, I never thought FGL and Brett were the favorites for a nomination (they are both pretty bad in my opinion), so I was glad great artists like Kacey and Brandy got in. Sam’s music is a bit hit or miss with me, but I think his sound is pretty interesting when he gets it right. I also think he has a crossover appeal that could make him a lot bigger than he already is by the time the nominations are announced… I guess we will have to wait and see.

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    [quote=”KaduDiniz”]

    [quote=”KaduDiniz”]Seeing Sam Hunt doing so well with his debut makes me wonder if he could
    get the “country slot” in BNA next year. His album got pretty solid
    reviews (even ended up in a couple of critics’ Top 10 lists for 2014)
    and has been pulling great numbers for a country new artist (already
    Gold after six months and still selling pretty steadily). His first two
    singles did great digitally, selling over 1kk, with both hitting #01 on
    the Country Charts. It looks like a solid contender to me.

    While he definitely has a shot the Grammys tend to ignore commercially successful male singer. They tend to in recent years to pick lesser known female country acts. Kasey Musgraves and Brandy Clark over Florida Georgia Line and Brett Eldredge. Look for Maddie and Tae whose album come out later this year if they have a decent debut, they’d fit the mold of who the Grammys have been nominating recently in response to Bro-Country. Girl In A Country Song did manage to hit #1 on country radio which is amazing considering Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood were the last females to top the chart in 2012 with Ours, Over You and Blown Away. Seriously every #1 song on country radio between November 10th 2012 and December 20th 2014 had a man credited. [/quote]

    Yes, that’s why I’m not completely sold on his chances. In Sam’s defence, I never thought FGL and Brett were the favorites for a nomination (they are both pretty bad in my opinion), so I was glad great artists like Kacey and Brandy got in. Sam’s music is a bit hit or miss with me, but I think his sound is pretty interesting when he gets it right. I also think he has a crossover appeal that could make him a lot bigger than he already is by the time the nominations are announced… I guess we will have to wait and see.[/quote]

    I just heard “Take Your Time”, he’s got a good voice. More suited for pop/r&b than country, but a good voice nonetheless. He is way to bro-country to make it into BNA. If “Take Your Time” is sent to Top 40 radio with a more pop production, I think he’ll have a good chance at a big hit, not  a grammy. 

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    Kadu335
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    I just heard “Take Your Time”, he’s got a good voice. More suited for pop/r&b than country, but a good voice nonetheless. He is way to bro-country to make it into BNA. If “Take Your Time” is sent to Top 40 radio with a more pop production, I think he’ll have a good chance at a big hit, not  a grammy. 

    I don’t really see him as “bro-country” even though I can see how he can automatically can fall in the category for some people… I personally feel like his songs are in a different category to the music of FGL or Luke Bryan. There was actually a great article on Rolling Stone magazine a while ago where he and his producer Shane McAnally (who recently won 2 Grammys for Kacey Musgrave’s album) tried to demystify that impression.

    Either way, I agree with you, getting a crossover hit might be easier than getting into BNA (especially considering the Grammys recent history). I just don’t see any other viable contender (critically or commercially) yet, but it’s still early though.

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