2012 was a big year for breakout musicians. The old pros were in the picture, sure, but it was the newcomers like Frank Ocean and PSY who dominated the conversation (even if the latter isn’t in the Grammy conversation). Several such performers are up for Best New Artist at this year’s Grammys, but there were enough n00bs on the airwaves that still more of them are included in a few other categories. Case in point: the Song of the Year field, which is dominated by relative newcomers.
Carly Rae Jepsen and Ed Sheeran are nominated for their breakout songs, as well as new-to-most-people acts fun. and Miguel. It’s one thing to make a first impression with a solid song, but these guys all made their introductions via certifiable hits. Of course, there’s also a wily veteran in this category, but does her anthem have the power to take home the Song of the Year title? Read on to get our take.
SONG OF THE YEAR NOMINEES:
“The A Team” — Ed Sheeran
“Adorn” — Miguel
“Call Me Maybe” — Carly Rae Jepsen
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” — Kelly Clarkson
“We Are Young” — fun. featuring Janelle Monae