Best New Artist 2016 Grammy Nominees
From an Australian rock upstart to one of Prince's favorite new pop stars, meet this year's freshman crop.
Each year, the Recording Academy names a handful of musicians with a Best New Artist Grammy nomination and on Monday, five upstarts were given the honor: Australian rocker Courtney Barnett, singer-songwriter James Bay, country star Sam Hunt, pop singer Tori Kelly, and “All About That Bass” singer Meghan Trainor.
Historically, the Academy has given the award to some artists who’ve been relegated to the Where Are They Now bin: Starland Vocal Band (who won in 1977 for “Afternoon Delight”), Men at Work (who scored in 1983 for “Land Down Under”), and Christopher Cross (who recorded the yacht-rock staple “Sailing”) are just a few. But the Academy has also awarded legitimate phenomenons: Amy Winehouse, Sam Smith, Adele, Carrie Underwood, and John Legend have all won the award in recent years.
So which five are up for this year’s honor at the 58th annual Grammys—and hoping to avoid the Best New Artist curse? Get to know a little bit more about them below.
Surely, you’ve heard of Meghan Trainor thanks to her massive 2014 single “All About That Bass,” but her profile kept rising in 2015, whether it was through her new track for The Peanuts Movie or her on-stage make-out with “Marvin Gaye” collaborator Charlie Puth at this year’s AMAs.