This year’s nominees for the Best New Artist GRAMMY include a Brit looking for someone who will stick around, a “Fancy” rapper from the Clueless age, a pop band of sisters who have Jay Z on speed dial, English rockers that have a thing for David Lynch and a country songwriter/singer who, last year, helped us all follow our arrows.
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In a year filled with so many great new artists (See: Radio.com‘s New Music To Know for more) the 2015 GRAMMY nominees—Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, Bastille, HAIM, Brandy Clark—are clearly at the top of their music game. But, there can only be one winner.
In honor of the biggest night in music, we’re breaking down the nominees and taking bets on who will walk away with the gramophone. It’s safe to say there’s a pretty clear winner in our minds. But we’ve been known to be wrong once and awhile.
Of course, we will all know who the real winner is when the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards airs Feb. 8 at 8 pm EST on CBS.
With five nominations—including Album of the Year and Record of the Year—Smith is tied with the Queen Bey herself for the most nominations this year. Not too shabby for his first year of GRAMMY eligibility. And not surprising since Smith’s “Stay With Me” off his debut, In The Lonely Hour, is one of the biggest songs of the year. The song may have peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100—his album also peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 200—but it’s been inescapable. In a good way, of course. Smith has become a household name in the matter of months, the romantic underdog that we’re all rooting for. With “Stay With Me,” Smith gave us a new song to ugly cry to. Seriously, “Someone Like You” is sooo three years ago. Sorry, not sorry, Adele.
Chances Of Winning: 4:1 in favor
Let’s be honest, it’s basically his to lose. In the last two years, both Best New Artist winners—Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and fun.—were nominated for seven and six awards a piece, respectively, including Album of the Year, and took home the award for Best New Artist. Smith seems to be on the fast track to continue this streak. We’re not gamblers over here at Radio.com, but if you happen to be, may we suggest you put a whole lot of money down on Smith going home with this one.