Thursday, January 23, 2014

2014 Grammy Predictions: Best New Artist

Will Win/Should Win - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Could Win - Kacey Musgraves, Kendrick Lamar, or Ed Sheeran

Commentary - There are four contenders here with either a Grammy history (Sheeran), or loads of nominations this year (Musgraves, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis). With Lorde surprising left off here, I think that paves the way for one of these other four. Country artists have traditionally done well here, so Musgraves is a real possibility, and Ed Sheeran is the type of safe choice that the Grammys have historically gone for. Kendrick Lamar is a fantastic young rapper, but I think in terms of an all around artist that the incredibly popular Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will take the prize instead. I do hesitate a bit, because the last rap act to win (the only other rap act to win was Arrested Development) was Lauryn Hill, whose Miseducation was the best album of the 90's and also mixed in beautifully sung R&B. So M & R would have to break Grammy tradition here to win. I think they can do it, but I won't be surprised if one of the more traditional choices takes the gold.

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