- On Sunday, March 14, 2021, Los Angeles Convention Center hosts the 63rd annual Grammy Awards
- The race for Best New Artist includes two of the year’s biggest stars going head to head: Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion
- See below for both hip-hop divas’ odds and which long shot provides a good bet
It’s Grammy time again, music fans. With only days left until the big night, the biggest categories are being heavily debated. Who will walk home with Best New Artist? Megan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat are favorites to win Best New Artist in the Grammy Awards odds.
The most interesting category of all tends to be Best New Artist. After all, each musician only ever has one chance to win this thing. Stars like Amy Winehouse, Adele, and last year’s winner Billie Eilish all have the esteem of having won this prize.
Others, including Taylor Swift, Kanye West, and Kendrick Lamar all lost on the years they were respectively nominated– and they’ll never have another chance to win it ever again.
This year’s eight nominees represent some of the most popular and intriguing artists to have come into the public eye. While only one can walk out on top, let’s look at the odds and best bets.
Odds for Best New Artist at 63rd Grammy Awards
|Megan Thee Stallion||-350|
Odds as of March 12th
Megan Versus Doja for Best New Artist
The odds are telling. This race to win Best New Artist is down to Megan Thee Stallion at -350 and Doja Cat at +350 odds. The two current it girls of R&B and hip-hop both had a hell of a year in 2020. Even in a pandemic year, they managed to gain major fan bases and send their tracks to the top of the charts.
Since the 63rd Grammy Odds opened, Megan has been leading the pack. In fact, the opening 63rd Grammy Odds have shown zero movements for the leading three artists. The other five have bumped around a bit, but nothing considerable enough to raise an eyebrow at.
— Variety (@Variety) November 24, 2020
While Doja had a great year with “Say So” becoming a viral TikTok trend, she’s actually more of a trendy star than an enduring one. She’s cute and clever, but her biggest single also sounds like elevator music.
Megan is considered the more probable contender. Her music is provocative but also comes with a message. She made an impact for her Saturday Night Live performance by infusing the social justice component, tapping into the Black Lives Matter movement.
But even outside of her role as a strong role model, her music speaks to the light, freewheeling vibe people want right now. There was no track in 2020 that brought out the fun and cheeky side of life than “WAP”, her duet with Cardi B.
Sneaking a Victory?
Sidestepping from Megan and Doja, Noah Cyrus is an interesting consideration for Best New Artist in her own right. Bringing forth incredible vocal talent and an ever-growing catalog, Noah is a good longshot bet at +2200.
Awarding Noah would also sort of makeup for the fact that the Grammys have never celebrated her powerhouse vocalist sister Miley. Even as Miley’s star has seen a well-deserved rise, she’s never taken home a Grammy. In fact, she’s only been nominated once.
The Odds Less Likely
Like prior years, the category is rounded out with names that are far less familiar than the others on the list. Nearly every year, the Grammys throw some independent artists into the mix, but a big name wins. The exception, of course, was in 2011 when jazz artist Esperanza Spalding won over Drake, Justin Bieber, and Florence and the Machine. This upset is one of Grammy notoriety now.
This year, a few lesser-known names fill the nominees’ list. Those artists, of course, have worse odds of actually winning. There’s a reason Inglewood, California rapper D Smoke, and electronic artist Kaytranada have such long odds to win Best New Artist. They’re just not well known enough to seem like likely contenders. Looking this deep into the odds is pretty much pointless at this point, given how much Megan is slated to take home the gold.
Pick: Megan Thee Stallion (-350)
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