Get to Know This Year’s Grammy Nominees for Best New Artist

By: / February 5, 2013

GRAMMY NOMS 2013
Jay-Z and Kanye West dominate nominations
Over the years, the Grammy for Best New Artist has proven to be a fickle award.

In many instances, it has gone to an artist or group who would go on to achieve major worldwide success. (Mariah Carey, anyone?)

But in certain cases, it has also been rewarded to artists whose careers ended right after they finished their acceptance speech, leading many to believe that the award is more of a curse than a blessing. (Seriously, when was the last time Shelby Lynne’s name came up in one of your conversations?)

What will the future hold for this year’s crop of nominees? And who will win the coveted prize?

Get to know the group of five, below, then cast your vote for who will win when the Grammys air this Sunday, Feb. 10, on CBS.

Alabama Athens
From: Athens, Alabama
Claim to Fame: ‘Boys and Girls,’ which peaked at number 8 on the Billboard 200 charts.
Song of Choice: ‘Hold On’

fun.
From: New York City
Claim to Fame: the uber-catchy CD ‘Some Nights,’ which spawned the equally catchy, chart-topping singles ‘We Are Young’ and ‘Some Nights.’
Song of Choice: ‘We Are Young’

Hunter Hayes
From: Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
Claim to Fame: toured with Taylor Swift in 2011; released his eponymous debut that same year, which went Gold in the US and featured the number-one hit ‘Wanted.’
Song of Choice: ‘Wanted’

The Lumineers
From: Denver, Colorado
Claim to Fame: ‘Ho Hey,’ which hit number three on the Billboard Hot 100; self-titled debut, which to-date has sold nearly one million copies
Song of Choice: ‘Ho Hey’

Frank Ocean
From: New Orleans, Louisiana
Claim to Fame: the critically acclaimed debut CD ‘Channel Orange,’ which received rave reviews form fans and critics — not to mention an nomination for Album of the Year.
Song of Choice: ‘Thinking About You’

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