A Renewed Artist
This year's Best New Artist award went to Meghan Trainor, known for her playfully retro 2014 dance-pop single "All About That Bass." Picking up her award, Trainor was overcome with emotion during her thank-yous. "My heart was exploding," she explained at a backstage press conference. Her thoughts at that moment included: "Don't forget anyone, don't have snot running down your face, don't cry too much, don't cry too hard. Don't forget your parents and the people you really want to thank."
She had begun as a teen singing artist who loved the ukulele before transitioning into songwriting, followed by a late return to center stage with her 2015 album, Title. It was legendary label exec L.A. Reid who saw something more in the quirky girl with the uke. "L.A. Reid saw me as an artist, even when I auditioned with a backwards hat, a hoodie and cheetah pants, and I shouldn't have. I played 'All About That Bass' on my ukulele and he saw greatness, and you could see it on his face."