Best New Artist
The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be here before we know it - so check out this year's nominees for Best New Artist as announced during this years GRAMMY nomination concert.
James Blake, aka Harmonimix, is an English electronic music producer and singer-songwriter out of London. Blake's most recent album, "Overgrown", has been called his most expansive piece of work to date - with guest collaborations from electronic producer Brian Eno and Grammy Award-winning rapper and producer RZA.
Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar brought people a story they won't soon forget on his "short film", "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City". The album recorded at several studios in California with producers such as Dr. Dre, Just Blaze, Pharrell Williams, Hit-Boy, Scoop DeVille, Jack Splash and T-Minus, among others, and went on to bring Kendrick some of the biggest opportunities of his career - including a headlining spot for Last.fm at Brooklyn's intimate Galapagos Art Space.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Heist the second studio effort by American rapper Macklemore and longtime producer Ryan Lewis. The album received global acclaim and was independently produced, recorded and released solely by Macklemore & Lewis. The album also reached number 1 on iTunes within hours of being released on October 9, 2012 with no mainstream promotion or support.
Kacey Musgraves - "Same Trailer Different Park"
By the time America got to know Kacey Musgraves as a contestant on the country singing competition show Nashville Star, she was already an accomplished songwriter and singer, with three albums to her name. But this year proved to be Musgrave's breakout year, as her album Same Trailer Different Park landed her solidly on the sales charts and the infectious singles "Merry Go 'Round" and "Follow Your Arrow" became fixtures on country radio.
On the surface Ed Sheeran might seem an unlikely candidate for teen heartthrob and musical hero, but the unassuming English redhead has become exactly that over the course of the past year. The singer-songwriter's debut album + (aka "plus sign") has become a phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic, propelled by the single "The A Team" which hit number one on the UK singles chart. Sheeran spent much of 2013 delighting crowds as an opening act on Taylor Swift's "Red" tour and surprised Swift by disguising himself as a dancing clown at the tour's final stop in Nashville, TN