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Snub: Ariana Grande for Best New Artist
Ariana Grande is almost custom fit for the Best New Artist category: up-and-coming in pop with a No. 1 album under her belt, a top ten crossover hit with the help of a rap artist (Mac Miller on "The Way"), a consistent and game personality, and a voice that's culled comparisons to Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. Child stars making the transition into mainstream awards winners is rocky road -- just ask Justin Bieber -- so this former Nickelodeon royalty could just be facing voters who don't recognizer her (or, cough, Lorde) as grown-up enough.
- Katie Hasty