By Maxim Mower
They're joined in the all-genre category by Gracie Abrams, Fred Again, Ice Spice and Coco Jones. The fact that country-leaning artists make up almost half of the 2024 Best New Artist contingent underlines what a stellar year it's been for the genre.
Jelly Roll's inclusion is a testament to the meteoric ascent the ‘Need A Favor’ hitmaker has enjoyed since venturing into country, following a string of rock and rap-inspired releases.
The Tennessee native's 2023 album, Whitsitt Chapel, is considered by many across the industry and fans alike to have been one of the best country releases of the year.
Given the fact that Jelly Roll was recognised during this week's CMA Awards with the New Artist of the year accolade, the genre-blending maverick is sure to be one of the frontrunners for Best New Artist heading into the 2024 Grammys in February.
However, Jelly Roll will have to fight off stiff competition from Noah Kahan, with the ‘She Calls Me Back’ crooner having earned a slew of new fans through his blockbuster series of 2023 collaborations, including link-ups with Post Malone, Hozier and Zach Bryan.
Excitingly, The War and Treaty have received their first Grammy nomination in the same category, with the husband-and-wife duo releasing their lauded 2023 album, Lover's Game, in March.
The 2024 Grammy Awards are due to take place on February 4 at Los Angeles’ Crypto.com Arena, with the star-studded ceremony due to air live on CBS and Paramount+ at 7pm CT.
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