Grammy nominations 2020: Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion amongst artists nominated for Best New Artist category
- Grammy's 2020 Best New Artist category includes up-and-coming names in the industry
- Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat and Phoebe Bridgers are listed among the names nominated
- The Grammy Awards changed its nomination process in 2020
Under the Recording Academy’s Grammy Awards 2020, Ingrid Andress, Phoebe Bridgers, Chika, Noah Cyrus, D Smoke, Doja Cat, Kaytranada and Megan Thee Stalion have been the names to be nominated as this year’s Grammy nominations under the Best New Artist category.
In a primary glance across the list, semi-established and known, up-and-coming names like Megan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat are markedly visible. However, the list includes more. As an apparently nuanced take to cover all sides, names familiar in the indie circuit, such as Phoebe Bridgers and DJ-producer Kaytranada have been included in the list.
The category further includes as nominees Country artist Ingrid Andress as well as rappers D-Smoke and Chika, alongside the new face for the Cyrus family, Noah Cyrus.
Ingrid Andress released her album ‘Lady Like’ in 2020 which became one of the success stories crafted in the gloomy, pandemic-ridden year. Hailing from Colorado, Andress made a name in 2019 as well with her single ‘More Hearts Than Mine’ being able to win in fact a lot more than one heart.
Phoebe Bridgers, who made it to Grammy’s Best New Artist category, gained her spot on the Billboard Top 100 list at number 57 along with Maggie Rogers on November 28 this year for their cover of the famous Goo Goo Dolls song Iris. The cover itself has bit of a history, as Bridgers promised to the fans to cover the song if Donald Trump lost the Presidential race in 2020,eventually earning the seal of approval from Goo Goo Dolls themselves.
Despite running the risk of generalization, Chika is by and large the rebellious voice in the list. The 23-year old from Montgomery, Alabama went viral for freestyling on Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Walks’ beat, tearing into West for his support for Donald Trump. Currently, with a XXL Freshman introduction and a Grammy nomination, she is set to make it big in the Hip-Hop industry.
Daughter of Billy Ray, sister of Miley and above all the owner of the most-recent voice from the Cyrus family to embark on a musical journey, Noah Cyrus came up in the industry with her 2018 EP ‘Good Cry’, followed by ‘The End of Everything’ which came out this year.
D Smoke won the first season of Netflix’s Rhythm+Flow and probably kept grinding both essential qualities for a rapper, eventually switching screens from small to big as he shifted from Reality show to Grammy nomination. Black Habits, an album released by D Smoke back in February, has also acquired a nomination under Best Rap Album this year. The biggest from Smoke, however, has been Gaspar Yanga, in collaboration with Snoop Dogg.
Doja Cat has been a name frequently heard since a while now. The rapper’s debut album was ‘Amala’. her 2020 hit single Say So, has been both a market and industry favourite. Born and raised in Los Angeles, one of two home grounds of Hip-Hop in US alongside New York, she started pushing out music on SoundCloud tracks as a teenager.
Kaytranada has maybe been the odd one in this list, as the DJ’s career has been in the mix for close to a decade. Through releasing solo works and collaborations, the Canadian has made a place for himself and to specify, is not quite a ‘New’ artist. The Haitian-Canadian got her debut in the indies in 2016 with ‘99.9%’ and followed it up in 2019 with ‘Bubba’, another hit.
Last but not the least, probably the most-known and most-unsurprising entrance into this year’s Young Artist category has been Megan Thee Stallion. In 2019 she topped the Rolling Stone Top 100 chart with ‘Hot Girl Summer’ and this year followed it up with topping the Billboard Global 200 list with WAP, in collaboration with Cardi B.
The Grammy changed its nomination process in 2020, with the addition of 2,300 more voting memberships and bringing in changes in the nomination process – moves Grammy stated on its website were taken to “evolve with the musical landscape”.