12 Artists Who Could Win Their First Grammy in 2019


From Shawn Mendes and Cardi B to Bjork and the Backstreet Boys, listed here are 12 artists who might be taking residence their first Grammy on Sunday evening.

Winning a Grammy marks a serious profession milestone for any artist. The award signifies not solely mainstream success, but additionally serves as validation from The Recording Academy and music business as an entire of an artist’s expertise, creativity and work.

However, within the Grammy Awards’ illustrious sixty-year historical past, the reward of an elusive golden gramophone has evaded many an necessary artist — some many instances. Below is an inventory of twelve artists, each award-circuit veterans and first-time nominees, who might be taking residence their very first Grammy award this Sunday (Feb. 10).


Total nominations: 9

2019 nominations (four): document of the 12 months (“All The Stars”), tune of the 12 months ("All The Stars”), finest rap/sung efficiency (“All The Stars”), finest tune written for visible media (“All The Stars”)

SZA’s breakthrough 12 months got here in 2017, when the R&B singer’s critically acclaimed debut Ctrl earned her a handful of Grammy nominations, together with finest new artist, finest R&B efficiency, finest R&B tune, finest rap/sung efficiency and finest city modern album. One 12 months later, SZA has 4 extra nods below her belt, every for “All The Stars,” her Marvel-fueled duet with Kendrick Lamar off Black Panther: The Album. With echoes of “Wakanda endlessly!” persevering with to reverberate by the popular culture panorama, the alt-R&B favourite may trip the momentum all the best way to her first Grammy win.

Cardi B

Total nominations: 7

2019 nominations (5): document of the 12 months (“I Like It”); album of the 12 months (Invasion of Privacy), finest pop duo/group efficiency (“Girls Like You”) finest rap efficiency (“Be Careful”), finest rap album (Invasion of Privacy)

When Cardi B burst onto the Billboard charts in 2017 with “Bodak Yellow," the Recording Academy took discover, handing the stripper-turned-superstar a pair of nominations for her flexing debut single (although snubbing her for finest new artist) One 12 months later, Cardi’s star has solely grown brighter, as she continues to interrupt information and rack up No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100. The rapper (and burgeoning political commentator) is up for 5 awards on the Feb. 10 ceremony together with two of the Big Four classes — album of the 12 months for Invasion of Privacy and document of the 12 months for “I Like It.” A win at Sunday’s ceremony would function a crowning second in Belcalis Almánzar’s pleasant reign as the present queen of hip-hop.

Shawn Mendes

Total nominations: 2

2019 nominations (2): tune of the 12 months (“In My Blood”), finest pop vocal album (Shawn Mendes)

From Vine sensation to Grammy nominee, Shawn Mendes has seen his profession soar to meteoric heights since his days of posting Justin Bieber covers on YouTube. His third, self-titled LP and its smash lead single “In My Blood” have earned the heartthrob his first pair of Grammy nominations — for finest pop vocal album and tune of the 12 months, respectively. While he could also be an underdog in the perfect pop vocal album class because the lone male in a discipline of licensed pop heavyweights like Kelly Clarkson, P!nk, Camila Cabello, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift, the energy of the songwriting on “In My Blood” offers our reigning No. 1 artist below 21 a preventing likelihood within the tune of the 12 months race.

Ariana Grande

Total nominations: 6

2019 nominations (2): finest pop vocal album (Sweetener), finest pop solo efficiency (“God is a Woman”)

In 2019, there may be maybe no better star within the pop stratosphere than Ariana Grande. Since the discharge of Sweetener, Ari has earned her first two back-to-back Hot 100 No. 1 singles, shattered Spotify information and ascended into the hallowed higher echelon of pop royalty — all whereas dealing with the sudden loss of life of ex-boyfriend Mac Miller and the implosion of her whirlwind engagement to SNL’s Pete Davidson with resilience and refreshing honesty. She’s been nominated for 4 Grammys up to now, together with twin finest pop vocal album nods for 2014’s My Everything and 2016’s Dangerous Woman, and is a powerful contender in each her nominated classes this 12 months. And whereas there are prone to be extra nods down the street for the eagerly-awaited Thank U, Next, profitable both award at this 12 months’s ceremony would cap a 2018 of unprecedented success, loss, creativity and triumph for Ari.

Demi Lovato

Total nominations: 2

2019 nominations (1): finest pop duo/group efficiency (“Fall in Line")

It’s been a very difficult 12 months for Demi Lovato. Just one month after releasing the one-off “Sober” detailing her long-documented struggles with dependancy and lapse in sobriety, the pop star was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in July following an unintentional opioid overdose. Since then, Demi has stayed comparatively quiet, specializing in her restoration and an prolonged keep at an in-patient remedy facility. However, earlier than the highlight was targeted on her private struggles, the singer was featured on Christina Aguilera’s fiery #MeToo anthem, “Fall in Line,” for which the divas are nominated for finest pop duo/group efficiency. While Lovato has solely been nominated as soon as earlier than – for finest pop vocal album for 2016’s glorious Confident – a Grammy win might be a motivating milestone because the embattled pop star begins to as soon as once more transfer ahead in her life, profession and sobriety.

Backstreet Boys

Total nominations: eight

2019 nominations (1): finest pop duo/group efficiency (“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”)

Backstreet’s again, all proper! Eighteen years after their final nomination, the veteran boy band has landed again within the Grammys enviornment with a nomination for finest pop duo/group efficiency for his or her 2018 single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.” It’s a class the previous finest new artist nominees know nicely, having been up for the award (then titled finest pop efficiency by a duo or group with vocals) three consecutive instances from 1999 to 2001, for his or her smash hits “I Want It That Way,” “Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely” and “Shape of My Heart.” Now that the Backstreet Boys are again on the high of the Billboard 200 for the primary time in nearly twenty years because of their 2018 album DNA, may their resurgence come full with their first Grammy?


Fall Out Boy

Total nominations: 2

2019 nominations (1): finest rock album (M A N I A)

Once the poster boys of the pop-punk explosion of the mid-2000s, The Recording Academy has turned a blind eye to Fall Out Boy ever since their single nomination for finest new artist in 2005. Fourteen years, 5 albums and one hiatus later, the band is lastly acquired their second-ever nod — this time for finest rock album, for 2018’s M A N I A. And whereas it’s too early to say whether or not they can beat out the likes of Weezer, Alice in Chains and up-and-comers Greta Van Fleet for the award, it’s secure to say that win or lose, sugar, they’re taking place swinging.  


Total nominations: 15

2019 nominations (1): finest various music album (Utopia)

Of all of the artists on this record, the legendary Björk is probably the most nominated — with a whopping 14 nominations from 1993 to 2015 not leading to a single win. In truth, the avant garde musician is simply behind Norwegian producer Morton Lindeberg (with 26) and Snoop Dogg and Brian McKnight (tied with 17 every) for the document for many nominations with no win. This 12 months, she’s up for finest various music album for Utopia, an award she’s earned 5 separate nods for up to now (for 2001’s Vespertine, 2004’s Medulla, 2007’s Volta, 2012’s Biophilia and 2015’s Vulnicura). Could this lastly be the 12 months she secures a coveted golden gramophone? Consider the Icelandic artwork pop savant the Glenn Close of this 12 months’s Grammy Awards.


Total nominations: three

2019 nominations (2): finest rap efficiency (“King’s Dead), finest rap tune ("King's Dead")

Future’s first Grammy nomination got here in 2016 because of his function on Drake’s behemoth Views (on the appropriately titled album reduce “Grammys”). This 12 months he’s up for 2 awards for “King’s Dead,” his Black Panther collaboration with Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar and James Blake. With 5 consecutive solo No. 1 albums since 2015 — together with three within the final two years — Future has established himself as a power to be reckoned with. But will Grammys voters reward him now or watch for one thing out of his solo discography?


J. Cole

Total nominations: 7

2019 nominations (2): finest R&B tune (“Come Through and Chill”), finest rap/sung efficiency (“Pretty Little Fears”)

After incomes his first nomination for finest new artist in 2011, J. Cole has added a gradual string of Grammy noms to his tally — including as much as a complete of 5 earlier than the 2018 nominations have been introduced. This 12 months, he’s up for 2 extra awards — finest R&B tune for “Come Through and Chill” with Miguel, and finest rap/sung efficiency for “Pretty Little Fears” with 6lack. Cole and Miguel have been nominated collectively earlier than, for the 2014 radio hit "Power Trip"), and that rising sample of profitable collaboration may give The Recording Academy purpose at hand the rapper his first statuette come Feb. 10.

Florida Georgia Line

Total nominations: 1

2019 nominations (1): finest nation duo/group efficiency – “Meant To Be” (feat. Bebe Rexha)

Half a decade after bursting onto the scene, the crown princes of bro nation have lastly earned their first Grammy nomination. The pair are up for finest nation duo/group efficiency for “Meant To Be,” their hit collaboration with Bebe Rehxa, and contemplating simply how inescapable the tune was throughout 2018, it’s solely potential that Florida Georgia Line clinching their first win is as destined as its title would suggest. 


Mac Miller

Total nominations: 1

2019 nominations (1): finest rap album (Swimming)

Sadly, Mac Miller by no means lived to expertise his first Grammy nomination following his tragic loss of life from a drug overdose in September 2018. Winning finest rap album for the critically acclaimed and commercially profitable Swimming, his fifth LP launched only one quick month previous to his passing, could be a poignant, posthumous victory to honor the late rapper’s legacy.

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards will air Sunday, Feb. 10 on CBS.

12 Artists Who Could Win Their First Grammy in 2019