Best Unsigned Duo: The Muddy Magnolias
Jessy Wilson and Kallie North cannot get close enough — in fact, during their performance at the AT&T Stage on Friday, North scooted her microphone stand an inch or two away from her Gaga-heeled bandmate so the two could sing within range to feel each other's breath. Blending Wilson's New York R&B background (she's written songs for John Legend and Fantastia) with Kallie's Texas-to-Mississippi origins, the newly-formed duo capitalizes on powerhouse vocals, no-holds-barred harmonies and a vibe that's like the Band Perry raised on Aretha Franklin — performed as if Mick Jagger and Keith Richards inhabited the Indigo Girls. "The definition of the American woman is changing," said Wilson, introducing their put-a-ring-on-it power anthem "Love It or Leave It Alone." Rumor has it they were offered a record deal on the spot, so, from the looks of it, they won't be left alone anytime soon.