Watch The GRAMMY Awards January 28th
On Sunday, the GRAMMY Awards turn 60 years old. Yes friends, music’s most important night of the year goes back all the way to 1959. Taking place at Madison Square Garden in New York City, this will be the first year since 2003 where the GRAMMY’s are held outside of Hollywood’s home of Los Angeles. What hasn’t changed is the perpetual star-studded cast of performers- this year features Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Little Big Town, and more.
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In addition to the famous GRAMMY performers that we’ve been listening to day in and day out, the passing of each year also brings the new artists on the block, eager to make their mark on the industry. In honor of New Music Fridays, here we take a look at this year’s nominees for Best New Artist. One thing is for sure: whoever takes home the coveted gramophone for this category will have done so against fierce competition.
This 21-year-old Canadian favorite first broke out in late 2015 with the sleeper hit, Here. Not only is she nominated for Best New Artist of the Year, she’s also nominated for Best Pop Duo Performance for Stay with DJ/songwriter Zedd as well as Song of the Year and Best Music Video for the song 1-800-273-8255 where she was featured alongside artists Logic and fellow New Artist nominee Khalid. Alessia first began her career by posting videos of herself covering songs of other artists to her Youtube channel. Today, she has taken the music world by storm with her hits Stay and Scars Till You’re Beautiful.
Having limited public exposure within the R&B scene didn’t stop Khalid from having his first album American Teen premiering within the top 10 slots of the Billboard 200 List in March 2017. That’s right, in less than a year this up-and-comer has gone from an unknown to now nominated for 5 GRAMMY Awards, including Best New Artist, Best Music Video, Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best R&B Song and Song of the Year. His hit songs American Teen and Locations explores the teenage mindset and what it means to feel like an outsider, something he could especially relate to growing up in a military family moving all over the world. His songs cover a wide range of music genres, from 80’s-inspired pop to soulful R&B ballads.
Lil Uzi Vert
This Philadelphia-born rapper broke out on the scene as a feature artist in Migos’ chart topping hit Bad and Boujee in summer 2017 followed by his own single XO TOUR Llif3, both of which has brought him 2 GRAMMY nominations for Best Rap Performance and Best New Artist respectively. Uzi represents a new generation of rap artists who are blurring the lines between genres, as many of his songs feature a surprising blend of trap and emo sounds. Uzi himself does not even identify as being a rap artist and has cited Marilyn Manson as his greatest influence.
Like many songwriters, Julia Michaels was hesitant about breaking out into a solo career, having already written hit songs for the likes of Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Gwen Stefani, and Britney Spears. “I didn’t believe in myself enough to do it,” she told Entertainment Weekly at the end of 2016. But by the middle of 2017, her hit song Issues had peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Top 100 in the US and was certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Out of all the new artist nominees, SZA may be the easiest to root for. A victim of bullying and discrimination throughout high school, she took up singing as a means in which to help battle depression woes. In 2013, she became the first female artist to be signed to Kendrick Lamar’s label. Releasing her hit album Ctrl in 2017 which reached number 3 on the Billboard 200, SZA also finds herself nominated for four other awards in addition to Best New Artist at this year’s GRAMMYs.
No matter who you happen to be cheering for to emerge victorious, it’s sure to be a great show. And DISH is here to help you get the most out of it. Subscribe today and see all that we have to offer.
Already a subscriber? Tune in to the 60th GRAMMY Awards Sunday night at 4:30 PT on CBS.