Grammys 2014 - Shortlist - Best New Artist
Best New Artist is always a really difficult category to predict as it can be so random! Sometimes things are pop-oriented, sometimes the Grammy voters make an effort to reach out to other genres, and then there are years when no one has any idea what’s going on (Esperanza Spalding anyone?). We always simply do our best and hope that ten years from now whoever won is still making waves, because otherwise doesn’t it look a bit silly?
The Rest Of My Shortlist
I would have liked to move Ed Sheeran and Emeli Sande up, but in my heart of hearts I don’t think they’ll get a nom. Both of them have been around for a while now, and it seems like their time to go for it has passed (Ed was already nominated, and Emeli’s album isn’t technically applicable, but a live version released this year is). My choices are all from different genres, and they are absolutely all worthy.