62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards | BEST NEW ARTIST

This year’s nominees are (cue drumroll): Black Pumas, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Maggie Rogers, Rosalia, Tank And The Bangas and Yola.

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The Grammy Award for Best New Artist has been awarded since 1959. Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were handed out, for records released in the previous year. The award was not presented in 1967. The official guidelines are as follows: “For a new artist who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist.” Note that this is not necessarily the first album released by an artist.
Today is the day the Recording Academy reveals the 62nd GRAMMY Awards nominees, including this year’s list of contenders for Best New Artist. This year’s nominees are (cue drumroll): Black Pumas, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Maggie Rogers, Rosalia, Tank And The Bangas and Yola. With so much rising talent in contention this year, let’s learn a bit more about each nominee’s breakout year in music.
GRAMMY.com | Nov 20, 2019

 

 

BEST NEW ARTIST

 

Black Pumas – Black Pumas | “Colors” comes off Black Pumas’ self-titled debut album, which dropped last June.

The Austin-based duo don’t shy away from signifiers of the past, conjuring the sounds of the late 1960s and early 1970s without succumbing to pure nostalgic pandering. Austin soul duo Black Pumas are up for a Best New Artist Grammy Black Pumas’ origin story has become somewhat exaggerated.

 

When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – Billie Eilish | received widespread acclaim from music critics, with many praising its subject matter, songwriting, cohesiveness, and Eilish’s vocal delivery.

The 17-year-old Eilish is still waiting for her teeth to straighten out. This fact trumpets the arrival of her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?: For its intro, Eilish removes her much-loathed transparent braces in a series of lightly gross, ASMR-worthy slurps, and proclaims, “I have taken out my Invisalign and this is the album.”

 

7 – Lil Nas X | none of the songs on 7 EP are made even marginally more listenable by Lil Nas X’s excess of this trait.

But what’s compelling about Nas X’s range of styles across 7 is how specific his points of reference are, from dour grunge to bratty pop-punk to bright, maximalist electronics…fascinating songs on 7 as an antidote to any creeping jadedness over music’s memeification, which didn’t start with Lil Nas X and won’t nearly end with him.

 

Cuz I Love You (Deluxe) – Lizzo | She started writing the album a year earlier, around the time her first real romance was ending

On her major-label debut Cuz I Love You, she takes all of these strengths to the next level, and the results are her most consistent, and consistently joyous, set of songs yet.

 

Maggie Rogers- Burning | Due to its easily listenable and carefully crafted pop ambience, the album is sonically familiar and slots welcomingly into the contemporary mainstream.

Her debut album, Heard It in a Past Life , (released January 18) is representative of Maggie Rogers’ career so far. It’s both a beginning and an end, being a gathered body of work presented to fans and new listeners but also a conclusion of the past few years.

 

ROSALÍA, J Balvin – Con Altura (Official Video) ft. El Guincho | Spanish singer Rosalía proved why Spanish language songs are taking over the world. 1,160,389,211 views

“Wow. I wasn’t expecting this, honestly,” she said. “Thank you, because it’s such an incredible honor. I come from Barcelona. I’m so happy to be here representing where I come from and representing my culture…Thank you for allowing me to perform tonight singing in Spanish.”

 

Tank And The Bangas – Tank And The Bangas | Verve Forecast Records released Tank & the Bangas’ “Green Balloon,” the band’s second full-length album overall, this spring.

Tank and the Bangas is a Grammy nominated American musical group based in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. They won the 2017 NPR Tiny Desk Contest. On November 20, 2019, they were nominated in the Best New Artist category for the 2020 Grammy Awards.

 

Yola – Yola | She released her debut LP “Through the Fire” in February 2019. Nominated for four Grammy Awards, including best new artist.

The 35-year-old artist, born Yolanda Quartey, has spent the past decade or so shifting between various behind-the-scenes roles as a singer in Bristol and London. By the time she turned 30, she says, her central musical outlet, the Bristol-based band Phantom Limb, had become a toxic environment, a white boys’ club (“like True Blood, except guitars”) in which her own work and art was devalued and trivialized.