Image Credit: Robin Wong/PR Photos; Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotosThe Recording Academy finally got around to fixing the rulebook snare that kept Lady Gaga out of last year’s Best New Artist Grammy race. Now the category will accept artists who have been nominated for Grammys in the past (but not won). So who should get a spot in this newly wide-open field?

The obvious choice is Drake, who was nominated for two rap trophies last year, even performed at the awards ceremony, but only put out his full-length debut a few weeks ago. Under the old rules, those previous nods would have disqualified him; today he’s an instant front-runner. Aside from Drake, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ke$ha nominated next year, though the Recording Academy might balk at honoring her disposable pop. B.o.B is a solid contender as well after crossing over from buzzy mixtape rapper to chart phenom. La Roux could have a shot, too, since their self-titled debut’s U.S. release date fell within the eligibility window.

Your turn. Who else do you think should be considered for Best New Artist next year? The album that brings the artist to prominence — a notoriously loose definition — must have been released in the U.S. between Sept. 1, 2009 and Sept. 30, 2010. Nominate away!

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