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Best New Artist 2017

With this year’s nominations for Best New Artist I was pleasantly surprised with Kelsea Ballerini’s nomination and the Chainsmokers, but was rather disappointed that Cam didn’t get nominated.  I find the Chainsmoker’s nomination rather intriguing because they never actually released a full-length album…

Anyway, the nominees are:

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Maren Morris
  • Anderson .Paak

Who Should Win: The Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers have come a long way since “#Selfie” with hit songs “Don’t Let Me Down (feat. Daya)” and “Closer (feat. Halsey).”  Their work has been rather refreshing and 2016 was really their year, so I’d say they deserve the Grammy.

Who Will Win: I have no idea

I really don’t know who could win, they seem so even.  If I had to choose, I’d guess the Chainsmokers, but for some reason I have a gut feeling Anderson .Paak may win…I’m not really good at guessing this category.

2017 Best New Artist Grammy Predictions – Updated

We’re one month away from the 2017 Grammy nominations being announced, so I thought I’d share my predictions – it’s fun for me and sometimes I’m weirdly accurate.  One year I correctly guessed all the nominees for Record of the Year and I was 90% accurate on the other main categories (not that I’m bragging).

Anyway…

I know I already written about my predictions for Best New Artist, but I think that was a bit premature – at the time I didn’t realize that some of the following artists could be nominated.  So below is an updated list of artists (in no particular order) who I believe could/should get nominated (not that the people in the last shouldn’t be nominated, but I think these artists have greater odds of getting nominated).

Kelsea Ballerini

 

Halsey

 

Twenty One Pilots

 

Alessia Cara

 

Maren Morris

 

Rachel Platten

 

Personally, I think Twenty One Pilots, Halsey, and Maren Morris have the greatest chance of being nominated considering each made huge waves in their respective genres.  Twenty One Pilots had a huge year with their hits “Stressed Out,” “Ride,” and “Heathens,” it’s almost likely they’ll get nominated.  Halsey’s break out with Badlands and her new take on alt-electronic-pop deserves a nod.  Maren Morris’ Hero is one of the biggest country albums this year, and she recently was nominated for a lot of big CMA awards (i.e. she has critical acclaim).

Kelsea Ballerini likewise made similar splashes in country music like Morris, but I’m hesitant to think she’ll be nominated because her album The First Time was released outside the Grammy period.  However, the Grammy’s have bended this rule before, so you never know.

Alessia Cara and Rachel Platten both had huge hits (“Here” and “Fight Song,” respectively) and likewise have chances of being nominated as both albums are within the Grammy period.  I’m hesitant, however, because while I’d love to see both of them there, I have a gut feeling…

Better Man

I was in line at the grocery store when I got the news.  I was scrolling through my Facebook feed (it was a long line at the register) when I saw a post by Taylor Swift saying she wrote the song “Better Man” for Little Big Town.  My heart started pounding.  New Taylor Swift music.  Finally.

I rushed to my car and downloaded the song from iTunes without previewing it.  If Taylor Swift had a hand in writing the song, you know it has to be good.  You don’t need to preview that.

And it’s beautiful.  The song is honest and fragile, and reminiscent of Swift’s country roots.


The mark of a truly gifted songwriter is when the song will sound like the person who wrote it even if they aren’t performing it.  This is totally the case here.  While it’s Little Big Town performing, you feel as though Taylor Swift is singing it to you – you can almost hear her sing it.

Last month, there was a bit of a hysteria where we thought Swift would secretly release her sixth album (sadly, that did not happen).  The below video leaked online and people thought it was a clip of a new Taylor Swift song because it sounds just like her.

Apparently, it’s not Taylor Swift, but Kelsea Ballerini. That’s what they (reps for both Swift and Ballerini) said.

However, I have a very well trained musical ear, and that is not Kelsea Ballerini. Ballerini has more of a southern twang than Swift and a slightly higher pitch voice.  Plus, the way this singer pronounced “didn’t know, thought we could grow it” is more in line with Swift’s pronunciations.  But this video is not the greatest quality.  Indeed, Ballerini released the studio snippet of the song on her Instagram account (see below) and it made me do a double take…maybe it is Ballerini singing but the distorted quality makes it seem like Swift…

But since Swift wrote “Better Man” for Little Big Town, I’m now wondering if the clip above actually is Taylor Swift singing a demo for Kelsea Ballerini.  Like, in a few months we’ll see Kelsea Ballerini has a new single “Roses” written by T. Swift.

Regardless, let us revel in the fact we sort of have a new Taylor Swift song, and hope she hurries up with #TS6!

Biscuits, #MisheardLyric

I was listening to Kelsea Ballerini song “Love Me Like You Mean It,” and I thought the line in the middle of the chorus was “baby if you’re not into biscuits, then leave it.”  All day I’ve been listening to this song, and I kept hearing the word “biscuit.”  Finally, I got home and remembered to google it, and the lyric is actually “baby if you’re not your best, get leaving.”  So, I was close…

Overall, the song is a sweet little ditty, perfect for these forthcoming sunshine summer days [insert sunglasses emoji].  It has a great, catchy chorus, making you want to sing along to “if you’re gonna love me, boy, you got to love me like you mean it.”  She’s a new artist, so you should totally check her out.  Her debut album, The First Time, came out this past Monday.