It was announced today that 2013 Grammy nominees Taylor Swift, Black Keys, Fun., Rihanna and Mumford & Sons will in fact perform at the upcoming Grammy awards on February 10th. Should make for yet another exciting night full of amazing performances, tributes, and of course the winners of the most prestigious music award out there.
So who will win Best New Artist? When I did my predictions back in November, I got three out of the five correct (Frank Ocean, Hunter Hayes, fun.). The other two predicted were up and coming British newbies to the American scene (Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding). They sadly weren't nominated but two fresh faced bands were in their place (The Lumineers, Alabama Shakes). So who will win, who should win, and who was left out in this highly coveted category where you can never tell who will really be the winner? Let's break it down!
Who will win-
The main categories this year for the most part seem to be filled with fun. The band I mean. They are the only artists nominated in all four, for their album “Some Nights” and song “We Are Young”. In this sense they could be the front runners. Frank Ocean has had an amazing year in 2012 with his debut album “Channel Orange” also up for Album of the Year and bringing back what was once a dead R&B scene to life. This is the Grammy's though, and their tradition tends to be picking ones that are out of the norm, not the expected. So in this case, as odd as it sounds, Alabama Shakes might win it or The Lumineers. Not an issue at all as this is a very strong category with great nominees to go alongside of it.
Who should win-
Frank Ocean. Hands down. I might be a little biased towards him but really if you look at how innovative he is not only on his own album but with a lending hand towards other acts from Jay-Z to Kanye, he really has proven why he is such a versatile act and why he is a force to be reckoned with in the industry today.
Who was left out-
The Grammy's got it right by not nomination artists like One Direction or Carly Rae Jepsen as they both are fads and quite frankly not deserving. Ed Sheeran is a bit of a surprise as his album was released in the states this year, qualifying him, as well as Ellie Goulding, although she could've been a contender last year. If Frank Ocean wasn't the R&B and hip-hop nominee, Kendrick Lamar could've squeezed himself in here. He has time to grow as well.
Be sure to check out the Grammy's on February 10th, live eastern on CBS at 8pm!