Best New Artist

The following contenders are listed in order of likelihood of being nominated. (Updated: 10/31/14)


Sam Smith

After Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Duffy we’ve seen prominent British male solo acts rising out of nowhere. Last year two of them scored nods for BNA. And if this trend continue, then the ‘British solo’ spot belongs to Sam Smith, who has been particularly praised for his unique soulful voice.


Iggy Azalea

The most popular “new” artist of the year always gets away with a BNA nod. Australian rapper Iggy Azalea is definitely this year’s breakthrough act. Her song “Fancy” was named Billboard’s Song of the Summer, while her followed-up single “Problem”, featuring Ariana Grande, was number third.


Cole Swindell

No BNA line-up is completed without a country representative.This year, singer-songwriter Cole Swindell seems to be the strongest bet to take the spot. Swindell, who had been writing country hits for the last five years; rose to fame for releasing the No. 1 country song “Chillin It” last summer. His self-titled debut album was released this past February.



For the last five years, duos and groups have been far more successful than solo artists. The British brothers duo Disclosure seem to be the safest choice for a group in the BNA line-up. Their advantage, among other groups, is that they already received a GRAMMY nod last year for Best Electronic/Dance Album their debut record, Settle.

 Sail_Out_Jhene_aiko Jhené Aiko

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Jhene Aiko has conquered the charts and critics with her unique music: A mixture of R&B, trip hop, and EDM. With little competition, Aiko could easily squeeze into this category. She’s also been very popular among panelists dedicated to predict the GRAMMYs.

Other contenders

  • Bastille
  • Aloe Blacc
  • 5 Seconds of Summer
  • A Great Big World
  • HAIM

4 thoughts on “Best New Artist

  1. Thanks for that info. However, I have to say Iggy is not a strong contender in this category, since Fancy is the only single from The New Classic to reach the top 10 in many countries, and the album itself was met with mixed reviews by critics. I have to say her spot could be easily taken by Emeli Sandé or Florida Georgia Line. By the way, Sam Smith seems to be the strongest contender so far.

  2. The official guidelines are as follows: “For a new artist who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist.” Therefore, Iggy Azalea, Bastille and Ariana Grande are not eligible for the category because Iggy’s The New Classic, Ariana’s Yours Truly and Bastille’s Bad Blood were released before October 1st, 2013.

    1. You are right. But that is not a limitation. An artist can be submitted for Best New Artist up to three times as long as he or she has not won a GRAMMY. Most recent example: Ed Sheeran’s debut album was released in September 2011 but he received his Best New Artist nod this year (eligibility period October 2012-September 2013) and he was even nominated the year for Song of the Year. Therefore Iggy, Grande and Bastille are still eligible however they may or may not be submitted to the category. That is up to their record labels.

      Thanks for commenting.

    2. It is possible that Ariana will be submitted on the strength of her coming album, My Everything that will be released August 25

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