Today's Music Picks:
On Sunday, the Recording Academy will hand out the trophy for 2014's best new artist during the 56th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Unfortunately, it's probably not going to go to the musician most deserving of the title "best new artist." Yet, the person who I think will win the award is still a mighty fine choice.
Let's break down the field:
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Best New Artist nominees:
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
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Who I'd vote for: In a perfect world, this race wouldn't even be close. Lamar is, by far, the most deserving of the candidates. His debut, "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City," wasn't just one of 2012's finest albums -- it's a work that seems destined to be included on all-time-best hip-hop lists for decades to come. Unfortunately, the Grammys aren't handed out in a perfect world and the Recording Academy's track record with honoring rappers in this category is deplorable. As hard as it is to believe, no hip-hop act has been named best new artist in the 21st century.
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The rest of the field: The hip-hop factor could also work against Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, although their continued presence on the pop charts certainly improves their odds of winning. They seemingly stand a better chance than Sheeran, who really can't be considered a "new" artist anymore, and Blake, whose massive fame in his native U.K. has yet to translate on this side of the Atlantic. Then there's Musgraves, a superb singer-songwriter who could be a dominant figure in country music for years to come.
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Who will win: I think the voters will pick Kacey Musgraves. Who do you think should win? Cast your vote in our poll.
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