First-round ballots for Grammy nominations were due on Sunday, October 29, with the nominations set to be announced on November 28, and now you can make your predictions in the last of the four general-field categories: Best New Artist. Make sure to visit our predictions center and enter your picks right here because you’ll need to forecast all four races for a chance to win our predictions contest. And scroll down to the bottom of this post to see our Grammy gallery of every single Best New Artist in Grammy history.
Chance the Rapper won this category last year in addition to claiming Best Rap Album (“Coloring Book”) and Best Rap Performance (“No Problem”). It’s rare for hip-hop artists to win this prize; the only other rappers who won were Arrested Development (1993) and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (2014). But if the Grammys really are more open to hip-hop acts that could be good news for Logic, Lil Uzi Vert, and Post Malone, among others. Then there’s Cardi B, who recently had a breakthrough hit with “Bodak Yellow,” which spent three weeks at number-one on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart.
Cardi B would be the first female rapper to win — depending on how you count Lauryn Hill (2999), who won most of her Grammys in the R&B field — but she has the benefit of being a solo female artist, which this category has long favored. Five of the last Best New Artist winners were male acts, but that has been an unusual streak. When you look back at the last 20 years, solo women have won 11 times — 12 female-driven acts overall when you count the Amy Lee-fronted band Evanescence (2004). And that Evanescence victory followed seven straight years of solo female winners. This year, in addition to Cardi B, the recording academy could opt for Alessia Cara, SZA, Julia Michaels, or Zara Larsson, just to name a few.
Voters also tend to spread the wealth when it comes to representing genres, so it would be foolish to discount this year’s country contenders, since there has been at least one country artist nominated every year for the last six years. That could mean a bid for ACM winners and current CMA nominees Jon Pardi and Old Dominion, as well as Lindsay Ell, Brett Young, Chris Janson, and Midland.
And let’s not forget Khalid, who made an impact this past summer by winning the fan-voted Best New Artist award at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Who do you think will make the cut? And will there be another big surprise among the nominees like Courtney Barnett (2016) or Anderson Paak (2017)?
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