Grammy predix: Cobra Starship, Keri Hilson and Zac Brown Band will be nominated for best new artist
Now that the Grammy eligibility date, Aug. 31, has passed, it's time to predict the nominees to be announced in November. Our Grammy prophets David "Guru" Schnelwar and Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch agree on three of the five nominees for best new artist: Cobra Starship, Keri Hilson and Zac Brown Band.
The best new artist award has been won in the past by such notable stars as Carrie Underwood, Amy Winehouse, Mariah Carey and the Beatles, but it's also been considered a curse on careers. Other champs include such forgotten artists as Marc Cohn, Paula Cole and Starland Vocal Band and the disgraced and defrocked Milli Vanilli.
BEST NEW ARTIST
Keri Hilson (if eligible)
Zac Brown Band
The Airborne Toxic Event
Adam Lambert (if eligible)
Darius Rucker (If eligible)
Theory of a Deadman
Guru's commentary: This is the weakest and bleakest list of best new artist nominees that I've ever made since I have been following the Grammys. No one is a real front-runner to win or to get a nomination.
Darius Rucker is a previous winner in this category for his band, Hootie and the Blowfish. He is now a solo artist and may get the Lauryn Hill treatment.
Demi Lovato recently debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart. She could be a seat filler for the Jonas Brothers.
This list consists of artists who received 2009 MTV Video Music Awards nominations, "You Oughta Know" artists on VH1 or in their video rotation, musical guests on "Saturday Night Live" or the critically acclaimed. Anyone eligible is possible.
Zac Brown Band
DoubleD's commentary: This category is horribly weak. Had Lady Gaga been eligible — she received a nomination last year, thus making her ineligible for this award — she would've won. Only Zac Brown Band and Keri Hilson are safe bets in this category. The former is the year's most successful new country act and the latter has worked with numerous R&B/hip-hop acts as a songwriter only to break out this year as a solo artist. Izibor has that Jill Scott/Jazmine Sullivan/India.Arie vibe so I think she's in too.
There's going to be a big Grammy campaign surrounding Jessie James — some are comparing her to Christina Aguilera — so she'll get nominated if she has some commercial success. Cobra Starship will represent the "old nominee." They've been around for a few years, but are just now finding commercial success. I don't think lightweight artists like Demi Lovato, Asher Roth, 3OH! 3, etc. will go over well with the blue-ribbon panel, but you never know in a weak year.
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