Predicting The Grammy Nominees…Best New Artist Possibilities

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Frank Ocean seems a strong possibility for a ‘Best New Artist’ nomination

This wouldn’t surprise me as far as the field of five Grammy nominees for Best New Artist:

  • Frank Ocean (R&B)
    • Justification: the new alternative soul movement; cult-like following to propel channel Orange to no. 2
  • Carly Rae Jepsen (Pop)
    • Justification: “Call Me Maybe”
  • Gotye(Alternative/Pop)
    Gotye definitely had the shirtless shot seen ’round the world with his ubiquitous hit “Somebody That I Use To Know” with Kimbra
    • Justification: “Somebody That I Used To Know”
  • fun. (Alternative/Pop)
    • Justification: It’s actually their second album (Some Nights), but the act just gained a large following this year; “We Are Young”; “Some Nights”  (eligibility by the Recording Academy might be questionable, but I’m going ‘off the cuff’ here)
  • One Direction (Pop)
    • Justification: no. 1 debut album by a British Band in the U.S. (176,000 copies); platinum sells; hit single (“What Makes You Beautiful”)
Lana Del Rey could be bestowed some Grammy love

Other possibilities:

  • Lana Del Rey (Alternative/Pop)
    • Justification: “Video Games“; no. 2 debut album Born to Die (77,000 copies); duet with soul veteran Bobby Womack on his comeback album (“Dayglo Reflection”)
  • Passion Pit (Alternative)
    • Justification: “Take A Walk”; Gossamer debuts at no. 4; not their first album…
  • Alabama Shakes (Alternative)
    • Justification: genre bending alt-rock sensibilities (mix of soul, indie-rock, southern rock, etc.)
  • 2 Chainz had a huge year, particularly being 35 and revitalizing his career (formerly a member of Playaz Circle).

    2 Chainz (Rap)

    • Justification: collaborating on everything; no. 1 album with Based on a T.R.U. Story; no. 1 R&B/Hip-Hop single “No Lie” with Drake
  • Wale (Rap)
    • Justification: Rick Ross Jr.; no. 2 second album in Ambition; elevated presence in Maybach Music Group; hit with “Lotus Flower Bomb” (featuring Miguel); “Slight Work” (featuring Big Sean)
  • Rebecca Ferguson (Pop/R&B)
    • Justification: The British soul diva effect (Adele, Estelle, Duffy, Amy Winehouse, have all received Grammy love)

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