Best New Artist Nominees: Grammy Awards 2019
It’s no secret that most of these artists have been around for a while. Dua Lipa’s hits have been anthems for freshly heartbroken girls for a year now, and H.E.R. has been getting us in our feels since her collaboration with Daniel Cesar. These artists are just now being recognized by the Recording Academy. And it’s about damn time.
By Kennedy Woodard
Let’s start with first impressions:
Luke Combs: Luke Bryan circa 2005 is that you?
Greta Van Fleet: Note to self, play this when your having a breakdown and are starting “over”.
Chloe x Halle: Are these literal angels? Did God himself produce this song?
Dua Lipa: I didn’t just get out of a relationship, but I do have some new rules. Rule #1: Never stop playing this song.
Bebe Rexha: We’ve come a long way since that G-Eazy collab.
H.E.R: This is what the feeling of silks sheets would sound like.
Margo Price: BADASS.
Jorja Smith: My soul has been spoken to.
I’m not going to lie, I am not a country listening type of human, so when hearing Luke Combs for the first time my initial reaction was, ‘hell no’. But, putting my biases aside this artists could be the next country music star. He has hits, “Hurricane” which has gone double platinum and, “Beautiful Crazy” which has a version with Leon Bridges. If Leon Bridges did a collab with him, then he is worth a non-country lover like me giving him a listen.
Greta Van Fleet
Greta Van Fleet is not only cool AF, they are young AF. The band is composed of two 21-year-olds and two 19- year-olds. These kids will take you back to the golden ages of rock and have you thinking you’ve been transported to Woodstock. Their songs are perfect for a riding through Austin with the windows down, blaring so loud your speakers might burst. This psychedelic rock band is for the cool kids your parents warned you about.
Chloe x Halle
You know when you’re little and you imagine what entering heaven is like, picturing a chorus of angels greeting you with the sweetest harmonies you’ve ever heard? Those angels are Chloe and Halle. These young women are coming up to be some of the best vocalist of their generation. Not only are their vocal chords made of gold, so our their minds. They are avid activists and preach about loving who you are and your skin. This is black excellence at it’s finest. Plus, Beyoncé basically anointed them to the throne when she decided to be a mentor to the duo, so we better pay attention and bow to the throne.
If you’ve ever been to a club, a restaurant or simply turned the radio on, then you know who Dua Lipa is. She is becoming the queen of pop. Not only has she made a number of hits, she is a the coolest, badass woman ever. She moved to London at a young age to pursue her music career and now look where she is! Collarwith Martin Garrix and Diplo. Her music is for those who just need to dance it out.
BeBe Rexha first came into national spotlight when she was featured on G Eazy’s song, “Me, Myself, and I”. Now, she is rising to the pop charts. She started off writing some of the most popular songs for popular artists like David Guetta and Rihanna. Now with a couple eps and a debut album out, she is becoming a radio regular. You might have heard her song, “Meant to Be” with Florida Georgia Line in which she showcases her versatility and dives into country. Watch out for her, I’ve got a feeling she has a hit coming our way.
H.E.R. bursted onto the scene when Daniel Caesar featured her on “Best Part”, a song that makes us all wish for that kind of love. Her voice carries a soul that is unmatched. She is taking the R&B world by storm and has put out multiple hits in a short span of time. Her music speaks to the soul and makes you breathe a little easier. Not only is she nominated for Best New Artist, but she is also nominated for Album of the Year, Best R&B Album, Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song. If you haven’t listened to H.E.R. (no pun intended), who are you? Plus Rihanna likes her which means we LOVE her.
Margo Price is the kind of country, folk artist needed right now. She is a full on feminist with songs like, “Pay Gap”, starting conversations on women’s rights. She is doing what all artists should be doing; using their platform to start conversations and open doors. With her talent and mind, she is on her way to becoming country’s new big star (move over Carrie Underwood). She doesn’t sing about her man and his truck, or how she’s gonna take a bat to her mans head after he cheats. She is writing music for the generation of women who are changing things. She is the new voice for women in country music.
Jorja Smith has a voice that makes me want to drink wine in a dark, jazz club while wearing the finest black turtleneck. She’s the kind of artist you make charcuterie boards for. Her song, “Blue Lights” is what got her noticed by Drake and then put on his album. The song is a sort of call-to-action song about police brutality and how that affects young black men. She has gone on to release a debut album with hits like, “Teenage Fantasy” and, “On My Mind”. Something about the brits, they just get it right. She may give H.E.R. a run for her money for the new female voice of R&B.