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Grammy Nominations 2011: Justin Bieber Best New Artist? [POLL]

Posted by on February 13, 2011 at 12:49 PM EST

justin bieber grammysThe Best New Artist Grammy Award category this year is a packed one. Here is a short break down of who is nominated and who I think will win.

The 2011 Grammy Awards Nominations for Best New Artist are Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence & the Machine, Mumford & Sons and Esperanza Spalding. I will have to admit I had to look up who Esperanza Spalding is. She is a jazz singer who also plays the upright bass and has an interesting sound. She is the kind of artist that the Grammys often love, but I doubt she is going to win this one. Mumford & Sons will be playing with Bob Dylan on the show which could be a good omen for them. They are cool ALT. Country band that has an interesting sound (think Wilco without all the booze), but I think they too will be left out in the cold.  Drake has had a great year and has been all over and on lot of different people’s records, but I think he has been more known for his guest appearances than his own record.

To me this category at the Grammy Awards 2011 is a two car race between Justin Bieber and Florence & the Machine. Florence & the Machine had what might have been a career making performance at the MTV Music Video Awards a few months ago and will be riding that wave of new found popularity and good will into the Grammys. That leaves Justin Bieber. If this were something where the fans voted you could hand him the trophy now because he has a large, radical fan base. Still, I think there is no denying his popularity and while this award is not supposed to go to the most popular new artist, it often does. Just look at the last 20 winners, they were all big names and had big years when they won. I think the same will happen here. Bieber has been everywhere and it seems like the music industry is in love with him. I can’t see how the Grammy Awards can deny him. If anyone but Justin Bieber wins Best New Artist, I will be pretty damn shocked.

Who do you think will win Best New Artist at tonight’s 2011 Grammy Awards?

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