Sunday, February 13, 2011

Will the Grammy's have Bieber fever? Or can Drake pull off the upset?

Best new artist is the category that I'm most looking forward to at tonight's Grammy Awards.

It's a battle of the Canadian superstars - Drake vs. Justin Bieber.

As much as I enjoy Drake and his excessive hand movements, I think Bieber and his famous hairstyle will emerge victorious.

Other nominees in the category include Florence & The Machine, Mumford & Sons and Esperanza Spalding. (They could all be winners in the eyes of the Grammy voters, who tend to award not just the popular acts, but talented artists. Nothing wrong with that. #imjustsayin)

Both Drake and Bieber have had monster years and caused massive fan mayhem all over the world.

But you know all of that excitement means nothing when it comes to the Grammy's.

There's no denying that the Drake and Bieber fans are absolutely crazy about them.

I certainly can't forget the pandemonium their fans both caused in New York

Drake's fans rioted at the South Street Seaport and Biebers' supporters shut down a mall in Long Island. Both ended in cancellations of their respective appearances.

Tonight, I'm going out on a limb and predicting Bieber fever will continue at the Grammy's.

He'll join an elite group of artists who have won the Best New Artist prize, which includes Mariah Carey (1991), Bette Midler (1974), Cyndi Lauper (1985), Sade (1986), Christina Aguilera (2000), Alicia Keys (2002) and The Beattles (1965).

Last year's winner was the Zac Brown Band. [ugh]

While 16-year-old Bieber is the obvious favorite, Drake could pull off a pretty big upset like a few hip-hop acts before him.

The last hip-hop artist to win in the category was Lauryn Hill (1999). Obviously, that could be argued since her album was more R&B than it was hip-hop.

Before Ms. Hill, Arrested Development pulled off an upset besting acts like Billy Ray Cyrus and Kriss Kross. Remember Arrested Development had hits like "Tennessee," "People Everyday" and "Mr. Wendal." In fairness, they were more of an "alternative" and "conscience" hip-hop group.

A Drake win would make him the first solo male rap artist to win in the category. Something that other past hip-hop Best New Artist nominees like Puff Daddy, Tone Loc, Kanye West and 50 Cent were unable to do. Mr. West was the last hip-hop artist to be nominated in that category in 2005.

I would say we can all but count Drake out because history tells us that the Grammy's just don't like rap people. So don't count on Cee-Lo to walk away with the Song of the Year or Record of the Year for his anthem, "F*** You."

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My favorite Best New Artist victories:

Mariah Carey (1991)



Jody Watley (1987)

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