Meet the Best New Artist nominees for the 66th Grammy Awards

GOOD COMPANY. Gracie Abrams, Best New Artist nominee, performs in 2022. Abrams is one of eight artists in the running for the award on Sunday at the 66th Grammy Awards. 
Image by Justin Higuchi, Flickr Creative Commons.
GOOD COMPANY. Gracie Abrams, Best New Artist nominee, performs in 2022. Abrams is one of eight artists in the running for the award on Sunday at the 66th Grammy Awards. Image by Justin Higuchi, Flickr Creative Commons.
Changes in Best New Artist nominees' Spotify monthly listeners from Feb. 2 2023 to Feb. 2 2024. (Siri Pattison)
The 66th annual Grammy Awards

This Sunday, the winner of “Best New Artist” will be announced at the 66th Grammy Awards.

This category recognizes an artist whose eligibility-year release(s) achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and notably impacted the musical landscape.

— The Grammy Awards

Meet the nominees for the title below.

Gracie Abrams

Gracie Abrams stood out in 2023—many thanks to her presence on Taylor Swift’s Eras tour as an opening act. However, Abrams also defined herself in her own right. Her latest album, Good Riddance, was released in June garnering wide appeal. The singer is no stranger to notoriety; she is the daughter of filmmaker J.J. Abrams. Abrams defines a generation of “sad girls.” Her songs deal with the complexities of relationships, breakups, insecurity and overall angst. Her voice is soft, usually accompanied by guitar, piano and minimal production. Good Riddance is chock-full of repetitive melodies that become pleasant earworms.

Fred again…

Listening to Fred again… will transport one to a club of purple light and textured noise; his tracks are funky, disheveled and atmospheric, mastering the art of the beat drop and the repetitive but never boring. The English producer is certainly the hottest name in house and dance music. Fred again… has been credited with bringing house music to the mainstream. His love for production, however, begins with sound. He samples the normal, mundane and seemingly unimportant sounds of daily life, remaking bites he collects from social media and out in public into otherworldly techno tracks. To its core, Fred again…’s music is made for dancing and moving.

Ice Spice

Ice Spice broke the internet with her debut album Like? and collaboration with PinkPantheress on the hit track, “Boy’s a liar Pt. 2.” Like many a music artist in 2024, Spice got her start on TikTok. 2023 has marked her emergence into mainstream consumption. She opened for Doja Cat on her tour across the country, was featured on a remake of Taylor Swift’s “Karma,” and fellow female rapper Nicki Minaj hopped onto one of Spice’s own tracks, “Princess Diana.” Spice raps in a classic New York drill style, but is one of the first women to be conventionally successful in doing so. With her iconic sound, delightfully flippant lyrics and production precision, Spice earns her title as “the People’s Princess.”

Jelly Roll

Jelly Roll’s rise to fame is unique. He is the only nominee with a Hulu documentary, and the only one having spent time in federal prison. Jelly Roll, a previous drug dealer, just testified in front of Congress in support of the FEND Off Fentanyl Act. Oh, and Jelly Roll makes wildly popular music, too. The artist walks the line between country and hip-hop. His music has struck a particular note with those sharing similar experiences of imprisonment and life in the American country. After winning Best New Artist at the Country Music Awards in November 2023, Jelly Roll gave a viral acceptance speech brimming with positivity and the sentiment that “you can do it too.”

Coco Jones

Jones met stage lights at a young age as a child actress, but her dreams have long resided in music—particularly R&B. At this year’s Grammy Awards, that dream is coming true; Jones has been nominated for five awards, including Best R&B Album and Best R&B Song in addition to Best New Artist. In January 2023, Jones released a deluxe version of her 2022 album, What I Didn’t Tell You, and in November, graced the cover of Teen Vogue. Although Jones hasn’t reached the popularity of her fellow nominees in the past year, she maintains a strong contingent of fans and influence in the R&B sphere.

Noah Kahan

During the pandemic, singer-songwriter Noah Kahan returned to his native Vermont to make songs. Now he sings them for stadiums of screaming denim-and-flannel-clad fans. Kahan rivals maybe only Zach Bryan in terms of 2023 folk appeal, and his rise to fame was a quick one. Kahan first found fame on TikTok with his breakout hit “Stick Season.” Mass obsession with his 2022 album of the same name soon ensued. Kahan sings of New England, living slowly, upheaval, and coming of age in your 20s with a refreshing emotional candor. In 2023, Kahan released the extended version of the album: Stick Season: We’ll All Be Here Forever. His new releases include features from Gracie Abrams, Hozier and Post Malone, and collaborations with Zach Bryan and Bon Iver.

Victoria Monét

Familiar with Victoria Monét? Probably. The artist has written songs for BLACKPINK and Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Kendrick Lamar and B.o.B. At this Grammy Awards, however, Monét is being recognized for her solo work. The R&B artist is nominated for seven awards on Sunday. In 2023, Monét released her rich R&B album, Jaguar II. Fun fact: Monét’s toddler, Hazel, is the youngest Grammy nominee for her feature on one of Monét’s tracks.

The War and Treaty

The War and Treaty is a husband-wife duo creating smooth, soulful, gospel-inspired rock, ringing with emotion in a classic style. The duo has been at it for a while—they released their first music in 2014. The past year has been pivotal. The War and Treaty reached widespread recognition after releasing their album Lover’s Game and being featured on country-folk star Zach Bryan’s track, “Hey Driver.” The duo credits their relationship as a necessary element in their music-making, saying their emotional bond is evident in their work.

How to watch the Grammys
How to watch the Grammys

Comedian Trevor Noah will host the Grammys at 7 p.m. CST on Sunday Feb. 4. Available live on CBS and other various live TV channels.

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