The nominees for Best New Artist at the Grammys are:
Each represents a different genre field of music: Alabama Shakes (rock), Fun (pop), Hunter Hayes (country), the Lumineers (American roots) and Frank Ocean (R&B).
Fun. and Ocean lead with six nominations each, including bids for Record and Album of the Year. Hayes is up for three and Alabama Shakes and the Lumineers have two noms apiece.
Ocean was the frontrunner until the day the Grammy nominations were announced when he failed to receive expected bids for Song of the Year, Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance.
Fun. is nominated in all four categories in the general field. Of the eight previous times this has happened, seven of them won Best New Artist: Bobbie Gentry (1967), Christopher Cross (1980), Cyndi Lauper (1984), Tracy Chapman (1988), Mariah Carey (1990), Paula Cole (1997) and Amy Winehouse (2007).
India.Arie (2001) is the only one to be nominated throughout the general field to lost Best New Artist. The odds are in Fun.’s favor.
Noteworthy Best New Artist snubs include Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen and Ed Sheeran.