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60th GRAMMY Predictions: Best New Artist


The 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards are just around the corner. Nominations will be announced, earlier than usual, on November 28th. The ceremony will take place in New York on January 28th, 2018.

And while we wait it is time to take a look at the possible nominees, in one of the ‘Big Four’ categories: Best New Artist.

In this category, all but one of the five major contenders of the year are not ‘new’. But that’s not uncommon in this award. It takes an artist years to get established, unless you are… Lorde? Yes, there are always exceptions but this year  Continue reading “60th GRAMMY Predictions: Best New Artist”

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58th GRAMMYs: Odds for Best New Artist

Image from Twitter @CBSThisMorning
Image from Twitter @CBSThisMorning

You already got the odds for two of the big four awards at the GRAMMYs, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Now, it’s time to take a look at Best New Artist.

The Best New Artist (BNA) award goes to the artist(s) only. Academy guidelines described it as the award “for a new artist who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist.”

There’s been much discussion and controversy on what is considered a “new” artist. For example, in 2001 country singer-songwriter Shelby Lynne won this Continue reading “58th GRAMMYs: Odds for Best New Artist”

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58th GRAMMYs: Final predictions for the General Field

The submissions are in and the date for the nominations have been set (December 7), hence it is time to start rounding out the final predictions for the 58th GRAMMY Awards. And today we will be looking at the major contenders for the general field. In the following weeks, I’ll be posting predictions for the mainstream fields.


  1. Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars — Uptown Funk
  2. Taylor Swift — Blank Space
  3. The Weeknd — Can’t Feel My Face
  4. Ed Sheeran — Thinking Out Loud
  5. Kanye West, Rihanna & Paul McCartney — FourFiveSeconds

The Record of the Year line-up hasn’t change much (or hardly at all) since the Continue reading “58th GRAMMYs: Final predictions for the General Field”

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57th GRAMMYs: Odds for Best New Artist


As it’s been in the last couple of years, the Best New Artist line-up has a representative from the mainstream genres. We have hip-hop (Iggy Azalea); alternative music (Bastille); indie-pop (HAIM); country (Brandy Clark); and AC/pop (Sam Smith).

Throughout the years, this category have been dominated by female solo singers. However, for the past three years it has been won by groups. The last male solo singer to take the award was John Legend in 2006.

Let’s now take a look at the odds for each of the nominees. They are listed in order of likelihood of winning:

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56th GRAMMYs: Odds for Best New Artist


The race for Best New Artist roughly follows the same pattern that’s been in place for the last couple of years. There are two hip-hop acts –that greatly differ from each other with Lamar representing the West Coast gangsta rap and duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis basically just rap within pop song. The country side is represented by Kacey Musgraves, also the only female contender. James Blake is the alternative/filler nod and Ed Sheeran represents the radio-friendly pop artist, both singers which happen to be British.

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