GRAMMYs 2016: ET Breaks Down the Best New Artist Category

by Raphael Chestang 4:05 PM PST, February 11, 2016
Playing GRAMMYs 2016: ET Breaks Down the Best New Artist Category

The GRAMMY Awards' Best New Artist category is always a fan favorite and this year's race is definitely a tight one.

Here's a closer look at the nominees who could join the ranks of artists like Adele, John Legend and The Beatles to earn the GRAMMY's coveted distinction.

Meghan Trainor
This isn't Meghan's first time at the GRAMMYs, as she was nominated for "All About That Bass" twice last year, but she's being considered for Best New Artist now because her debut album, Title, missed last year's eligibility deadline.

Tori Kelly
After Simon Cowell said her voice was "almost annoying" during American Idol's season nine auditions, the singer-songwriter found an ally in Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun. Later, she was even praised by Justin Timberlake, who tweeted, "Dear Tori Kelly, your voice is unreal."

Sam Hunt
The country crooner, who has already taken home the American Music Award for New Artist of the Year, is also up for the Best Country Album GRAMMY. He is set to perform on music's biggest night with Carrie Underwood.

James Bay
The English singer-songwriter's 2014 single, "Hold Back the River," went platinum before the release of his 2015 debut album, Chaos and the Calm. He's also competing in the Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song categories.

Courtney Barnett
The Aussie rocker isn't necessarily mainstream, but she shouldn't let that discourage her. Past winner Adele didn't gain wide attention until after her win in 2009.

ET teamed up with Olay to bring you our new nominees spotlight. The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards, hosted by LL Cool J, will air live on CBS on Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT.