The Band Perry is up for Best New Artist Award at tomorrow night’s GRAMMY Awards. Kimberly, Neil and Reid are up against non-country performers Bon Iver, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj and Skrillex. So what are the odds of TBP taking home the trophy? Recent history says, pretty good. Overall, history, not so much.
Recently country performers have done very well with the Best New Artist category. Recent winners include The Zac Brown Band (2009), Carrie Underwood (2006), Shelby Lynne (2000) and LeAnn Rimes (1996). Before that, we have to go all the way back to Bobbie Gentry in 1967, the same year The Beatles took home the Album of the Year Award for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. (Gentry also won a GRAMMY that year for Best Contemporary Female Solo Vocal Performance for “Ode To Billie Joe.” I’d certainly count that as country!)