Alessia Cara is the heavy favorite to win Best New Artist at the Grammys, but might we be underestimating Julia Michaels? The 24-year-old singer-songwriter is nominated twice this year in top categories, in this race as well as Song of the Year for her breakthrough hit “Issues.” Those are her only bids, but she has support from some of our most elite users, so we shouldn’t count her out.
Michaels is backed by two of our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Grammy winners: Alex and Msb0120, who tied with the sixth best predictions accuracy last year (65.63%) out of more than 1,000 total users. She’s also supported by two of our All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ predictions: Msb0120 again and Sagand.
The Grammys are often biased towards solo female vocalists for Best New Artist, which benefits Michaels but also Cara and SZA, who both have more nominations than Michaels and thus appear to be stronger contenders, but in addition to her work as a recording artists Michaels has developed a strong reputation as a songwriter for Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, John Legend, and many more. Those industry connections help her stand out from her competitors, and her extensive writing background gives her an artistic cred that may give voters more confidence in her longevity.
Nevertheless, Michaels lost her bids for Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards (her Grammy rival Khalid won) and the American Music Awards (Niall Horan won, but was ineligible for New Artist here). Granted, those were fan-voted awards and not decided by industry insiders like the Grammys are, but the recording academy still gave more nominations to Cara (four), Khalid (five), and SZA (five), including bids in their respective genre fields, which Michaels didn’t get. So can Michaels still win, or will she have “Issues” with Grammy voters?
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