• Justin Bieber
• Florence and the Machine
• Mumford and Sons
• Esperanza Spalding
The Experts Say:
Cee Lo: Drake breathed fresh air into hip-hop and gave it a new face. He's done something all his own, and that's something I can appreciate.
Patrick Carney: Florence – I'm a sucker for that British female Kate Bush-esque sound. And she has a much better voice than Bieber.
Ezra Koenig: Drake made the biggest splash this year. And he's just the right kind of person to be the Best New Artist. He seems like someone who's going to be making cool music for a while.
Sara Bareilles: Mumford and Sons are bluegrass, Americana and rock mixed together. And they seem to have a shitload of energy. They're great instrumentalists, too – I like to see bands playing instruments onstage.
Vegas Odds Favor:
Justin Bieber, 1-to-2
Who Should Win:
Drake: Weezy's Canadian protégé ruled radio with some of the catchiest, angsty-est hits of