British singer/songwriter Dua Lipa attends Billboard's 13th Annual Women In Music event at Pier 36 in New York City on December 6, 2018. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)Getty
The Grammy nominations were revealed earlier this morning, with the big four categories (Album, Record and Song of the Year and Best New Artist) being called out on CBS This Morning. When names were revealed, most were familiar to the general public watching at home, but as is usually the case (and as will likely be the case moving forward now that there are eight positions instead of just five), a handful are likely brand new to millions of Grammy watchers...which is kind of the point of the group altogether.
Here are the nominees for Best New Artist in 2019. You can also check out the full list of Grammy nominees here.
Chloe x Halle
Greta Van Fleet
Of course, there were plenty of talents who are still new to the public domain (BTS, Post Malone, Cardi B) who weren't nominated, but many of them were actually ineligible for one reason or another. The fact that some of the most prolific and successful artists to break out in the last year or two weren't able to compete opened things up for those who haven't made the same commercial impact, but who deserve recognition none the less.
BRIT Award winner Jorja Smith has yet to even land a Top 40 album, but that didn't stop her from making her way into the Best New Artist vertical. The same can be said for H.E.R., who also somehow landed in the Album of the Year tier with her self-titled debut, which also failed to make much of a splash on the charts. Chloe X Halle have had buzz surrounding them for some time, but they've never truly broken...but with Beyoncé behind them, they still have an extremely bright future. Perhaps the least successful artist of the bunch (looking just at sales and numbers) is Margo Price, who has been a rising star in Nashville for years now. Her name was the most surprising, though it is great to see two country acts (a man and a women) competing.
The one artist who didn't end up snagging a Best New Artist nomination who deserved one the most is Ella Mai, who many even predicted as the eventual winner. While she should have been here, her nominations in both the Record and Song of the Year areas for her breakout smash "Boo'd Up" is surely a consolation prize she doesn't mind receiving.