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Grammy Showdown: 2012

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Best New Artist

The Band Perry

The Band Perry

Bon Iver

Bon Iver 

J Cole

J. Cole 

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj 

Skrillex

Skrillex 

 

The Experts Say

Mark Hoppus

Mark Hoppus
It's so strange that Bon Iver is nominated as a new artist. Skrillex had a phenomenal year. From playing small clubs to headlining giant festivals, he seems to be on everybody's brain lately.

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson 
I'm a big fan of Nicki Minaj, but the Band Perry has a good chance. Their song "If I Die Young" crossed genres.

Avicii

Avicii 
Skrillex mainstreamed dubstep, which is a remarkable accomplishment. I know him, and his life this year has been insane.

Adam Lambert

Adam Lambert 
Nicki Minaj is a star. I love how she's really aggressive when she raps, and she has a point of view both lyrically and visually. "Super Bass" was a great move for her.

 

Vegas Odds Favor

The Band Perry 7-5

 

Who Should Win: Skrillex

A nomination for dubstep is historic enough, but with the genre peaking right on time, Skrillex could shock Nicki Minaj superfans. He's the sound of now.

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