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Poll – Grammy For Best New Artist

Well I know you guys don’t like non-country artists, but I wanted to go along with my recent theme of Grammy categories. If you haven’t noticed, Lady Antebellum is nominated for the Best New Artist against some steep competition and the Jonas Brothers. Now you’re probably wondering “So what?” grammy1

Well, the other three competitors in the category are three of my favorite artists, who I have discovered through iTunes free singles, namely Duffy, Adele and Jazmine Sullivan. I got all of their respective free singles over the course of 2008, and then followed them to get their debut albums throughout the year, and I love all three of them.

Adele and Duffy are both considered neo-soul singers, compared to Amy Winehouse, while they have no resemblance to her in any way. Adele is a singer-songwriter with a blusey voice who comes from England, while Duffy sounds like she traveled through time straight from the 60’s, while she really came from Wales. Jazmine Sullivan sings R&B and hails from Philadelphia- tutored by Missy Elliott and she has had much success in the U.S.

About their songs, Duffy has her international hit “Mercy” (Nominated for the Grammy for Best Female Pop Performance), Adele has the hit “Chasing Pavements (Nominated for 3 Grammys including Record and Song of the year) and Jazmine has her R&B #1 “Need U Bad” (And is nominated for various R&B awards).

What I want is for you to:

1. Watch these four music videos, one from each of the other competing acts (I didn’t include Lady Antebellum because you guys know them already):
“Chasing Pavements” by Adele
“Bust Your Windows” by Jazmine Sullivan
“Warwick Avenue” by Duffy
“Lovebug” by The Jonas Brothers

2. Vote in the poll: Do you think Lady Antebellum deserves the award? Or did one of these lovely ladies (Or the Jonas Brothers, I guess) win you over? Make sure to post why you chose who you did!

For my pick? Until yesterday, it was Adele, but now I have to go with Jazmine Sullivan. Lady A. is good, but they are so bland compared to all three of the nominated ladies. Whereas Lady A. just has distinctive voices and harmonies, the three ladies have unique voices and great material that sets them apart. Lady A. fades into the bland background of mainstream country, in my opinion.

Fearless, the debut album by Jazmine Sullivan

Fearless, the debut album by Jazmine Sullivan


Jazmine has the best voice, one of the best I’ve heard in a long time (such as in this live performance here). Like most of the Grammy categories this year, there are too many of my favorites nominated for me to choose easily. I just don’t think Lady A. is unique enough to deserve this award.

So, what do you think?

9 responses to “Poll – Grammy For Best New Artist

  1. Billy January 25, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    As long as the Jonas Brothers don’t win, I don’t care who does. I don’t like them.

  2. Jordan Stacey January 25, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    I like all the nominees (except the Jonas Brothers) and wouldn’t mind seeing any of them win, but if I had to pick one I’d go with Adele.

    (Really I don’t know how The Jonas Brothers got that nomination…)

  3. Chris D. January 25, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Very true Jordan… But who would be a good replacement? Maybe Leona Lewis?

    Thanks for taking the time to watch these videos guys!

    There are a lot of people voting for Duffy. I was listening to her today and now I would probably vote for her. xD I just can’t decide in this category…

  4. Chad January 26, 2009 at 9:09 am

    I saw Duffy at Lollapalooza this past year and she blew my socks off…she would be my pick.

  5. Kent January 27, 2009 at 10:33 am

    The Jonas Brothers, hands down, for me. They won me over at the beginning of the year when I got the self-titled album, and then I got their more recent album when it came out in August. They have since became one of my favourite bands.

  6. Kimesha January 29, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    I would have to go with Adele. I fell in love with her voice the first time I heard her. Though she has had a lot of comparisons to Amy Winehouse, I think this woman has so much more soul. The world needs to hear her voice. It’s unbelievable and I haven’t heard anything like it.

  7. Chris D. January 29, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Nice to see you here Kimesha! I’ve really been digging My Mood Is Music, especially all of the Jazmine Sullivan coverage. xD

    Adele sure is something special, though. I wish she would be popular in the US, but it will happen in good time, I’m sure.

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  9. Clare February 1, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Jonas Brothers are SO much better than any of these.
    How could you not like them?
    they are extremely talented

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