With the 2021 GRAMMY Awards less than a week away, excitement continues to build for the event.
Every field is jam-packed with the who’s who in the music industry. Take for example the Best New Artist category. Taylor Swift, Haim, Jhené Aiko, Black Pumas, Jacob Collier, Dua Lipa, Post Malone, and Coldplay are all nominated.
But who will win and who should win?
Join us below to find out…
Who will win: Taylor Swift – ‘Folklore’
The showdown for the coveted Album Of The Year will be close between Swift’s career-defining ‘Folklore’ album and Lipa’s anthemic ‘Future Nostalgia.’ However, Swift will inevitably end up taking home the trophy. With her left out of the nominations in many of the big categories since 2016, Swift has found herself back in the academy’s good graces, and deservedly so. The album has been her most acclaimed project to date, as well as boasting some of her biggest chart success. As a result, she is poised to take home the top honor of the night.
Who should win: Taylor Swift – ‘Folklore’
‘Folklore’ is neither flashy or pretentious, it’s an intimate body of work, boasting a quiet maturity throughout without losing an ounce of sincerity that Swift has been known for. Easily in contention for her best album ever, even the harshest of her critics showered-out praises for its masterful production and Swift’s top-of-her-game songwriting. Like a warm hug, ‘Folklore’ embraces you with its vivid scenes and has you walking among the woods before you even realize you are there.
Dark Horse: Haim – ‘Women in Music Pt. III’
While this album is Hiam’s most cohesive and textured album to date, it will be unlikely for it to claim Album Of The Year. While the album does deserve its praises – even if some of them are oversung – the main factor is its lack of commercial success to meet the acclaimed it saw. Moreover, Haim are more mainstream than some of the other artist that deserved this spot – Fiona Apple or Phoebe Bridgers – therefore, it was an easy pick for the slot. It has its highlights such as the severely underrated ‘Gasoline,’ but just not enough for the academy to allow it to claim the trophy. Haim is on their way, just not quite there yet. However, the academy has shown to favor the underdog, so they could still come through.
Do you agree with our picks?