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Best New Artist
The likeability of Sam Smith and his smooth, R&B and soul-inflected album will carry him in this category. Bastille will be forgotten; Iggy Azalea may polarize voters; HAIM has cool but aren't as shiny and new as Smith; and Brandy Clark mostly known only in country circles.
Who should win: HAIM or Smith