Grammy Awards 2012: Who Will Win Best New Artist?

After we took a stab at predicting the Grammy winners in the Pop and Dance categories yesterday, we’re now ready to hold our magnifying glass up the list of Best New Artist nominees. Last year, the jazzy Esperanza Spalding pulled an upset by besting more well-known names such as Drake, Justin Bieber and Florence + The Machine for the win. (Personally, we thought Drizzy had it in the bag.) So what newbie will take home Grammy gold in 2012? See our pick — and then have your say by voting — below!

First, the nominees:

BEST NEW ARTIST
The Band Perry
Bon Iver
J. Cole
Nicki Minaj
Skrillex

THOUGHTS ON THE NOMINEES: It’s quite an eclectic mix this year, with artists from several genres present: the Band Perry ticks the country box; Bon Iver has the indie cred; J. Cole and Nicki Minaj are representing for hip hop (and, we’d argue, Nicki has pop covered, as well); Skrillex is the dance name to watch in 2012.

Yesterday we predicted that Skrillex would clean up in the dance categories (as long as the Grammy insiders’ kids inform them who he is), so he may be shut out for Best New Artist. Another name likely not at the top of the heap: Bon Iver, since, it turns out, frontman Justin Vernon made some disparaging remarks about the annual awards show before he was nominated. Oops!

Bon Iver is also up for Song Of The Year, so voters could opt for them in this category if they’re going to vote for them at all — or they might just completely skip over the band.

In the end, it could come down to being a country vs. rap showdown.

WILL WIN: Nicki Minaj has had the biggest crossover in the past two years. (Tirelessly contributing featured raps to songs by just about every artist out there helped.) She’s charming, ever-present and, if her wins at the American Music Awards are any indicator, the one to beat for Best New Artist.

SHOULD WIN: We say Nicki deserves it. She knows how to be a commanding music force and, as she’s a star still on the rise, just when to take a backseat (see both her opening slot on Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale Tour and cheer-leading for Madonna in “Give Me All Your Luvin’”).

Now vote for who you think will win:

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  • John Ballow

    AGAIN I SAY WHAT A TALENTED GROUP OF SINGERS AND MUSICIANS IM GLAD THEY HAVE ALL BEEN NOMINATED MAYBE THAT MAKES THEM ALL WINNER UNTO ITS ELF……..WETHER THEY TAKE HOME A GRAMMY OR NOT….

    • Kian Bandelaria

      John, keep your voice down.

  • Mason

    skrillex is GARBAGE… Bon Iver DESERVES that grammy no one else

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sam-Kislia/527561159 Sam Kislia

      If you think Skrillex is garbage, you obviously don’t understand electronic music. Remember that just because you aren’t a fan doesn’t mean that his creative processes and talent are any less than Bon Iver’s or anyone else’s for that matter. And I’m sure that Justin Vernon would attest to that. I think that Bon Iver should win, but I’d be disappointed if he got up and didn’t appreciate it.

      • Jayson Molinares

        thank you

  • http://www.vertigoshtick.com vertigoshtick

    I for one certainly think Nicki Minaj deserves the award. Skrillex’s nomination is indeed a huge coup for electronica and dance, but a. he is not the only one responsible for the advance of techno, nor (in my view) is he the BEST, although he is quite good; and b. Skrillex is a white male DJ in the techno/dance world, while Nicki Minaj is a female who has revolutionized the brutally phallocentric world of hip-hop (and its influence on pop) and who is disgustingly talented at all aspects of performance, songwriting, and promotion. There hasn’t been an artist like Nicki Minaj in decades, if ever; while he is certainly among the more interesting right now, there are plenty like Skrillex.

  • Elie

    The Band Perry have got this.