Get Ready for the 2022 GRAMMYs with Spotify Singles from Nominated Best New Artists — Spotify
A golden gramophone is a coveted item for many musicians, whether they are an up-and-coming artist or a legendary rock star. And with the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards taking place on Sunday, April 3, nominees in 86 categories will be eagerly waiting to find out if this gramophone is for them.
As tradition dictates, Spotify is celebrating emerging talent nominated for the Best New Artist Award – and this year we’re doing it with a special edition of our Spotify Singles program. We collaborated with six of the 10 nominees for Best New Artist to bring exclusive new music to the platform for fans to enjoy. Each singer took to the studio to record two new tracks: a reimagined version of one of their own hits and a cover of a song that pays homage to a former Best New Artist nominee. Get ready for the awards show by listening to these tracks.
For his contribution to this new batch of Spotify Singles, singer-songwriter and producer FINISHED created the very first recordings from Spotify’s new studio based in Los Angeles. “I was honored to finally be able to step into Spotify’s brand new and beautiful studios to record these songs in these special arrangements,” the Los Angeles native said. In the reinvented version of his track “Medieval“, FINNEAS delivers an intimate piano ballad that lets his strong voice stay front and center. He also took the opportunity to cover the 2012 Best New Artist winner Good Iver‘s”nozzle.”
For his Spotify Singles session, the British singer-songwriter Arlo Parks recorded a reinvented version of his song “Gentlygiving it a maximalist flair with orchestral additions. She also covered the Best New Artist 2021 nominee KAYTRANADAit’s “You are the only one“, allowing his soulful, breathless vocals to turn the original dance floor into an R&B jam. “Syd’s vocals on ‘You’re The One’ have always had this effortless beauty to me, and I wanted to cover it up to expose the romance and desire behind the lyrics,” Arlo explained. “It was also an honor to be able to sing my new song ‘Softly’ too. It was an opportunity to mark the start of a new and beautiful chapter in my career and to celebrate my nomination for the Best New Artist .
country phenomenon jimmy allen shares a new version of his debut single that shot him to Nashville stardom: “best shot.” The singer also offers listeners a nasal acoustic cover of “Unbreak My Heart” from the Best New Artist nominee in 1994 Toni Braxton. “It’s super cool when you get recognized for doing something you love,” Jimmie shared. “As for ‘Un-break My Heart’, I love the song; it’s one of my favorite songs. I’ve always wanted the opportunity to sing it, and this is my chance – I hope Toni approves.
Jimmie fans can hear more about the Delaware native on our podcast Spotify: mic check. In the episode, Jimmie talks about overcoming barriers, the influence of his family, and the evolution of country music.
Acclaimed Artist Japanese breakfast also recorded new songs for Spotify Singles. The nominee for Best New Artist has reinvented his hit “be nice”, the fun with a disco rhythm and call and response voices. The group also covered Good IverTrack “Skinny Love“, giving it a folk-rock twist with orchestral additions. “We decided to record Bon Iver’s ‘Skinny Love’ because it sounded like a very surprising cover for Japanese Breakfast. It’s so moving and sparse,” said michelle zauner, lead singer of the group. “We thought we could add some interesting instrumentation to the track and celebrate our label mate.”
UK chart topper glass animals re-recorded their latest single, “I don’t wanna talk (I just wanna dance)“, for Spotify Singles incorporating a touch of psychedelia in this new interpretation. They also covered Lordeit’s “Solar energy“, giving the mellow original a big sunny burst of pop filled with hand clapping. “I chose ‘Solar Power’ because at a time when we were all kind of stuck indoors, this song made me feel like I was on a beach,” the frontman explained. . David Bayley. “We all needed a little of that! It’s an amazing song, and then I just had a version of it in my head where it was faster with a gospel choir behind it. . . so . . . we created it!”
The latest nominee for Best New Artist Who Releases Exclusive New Tracks through Spotify Singles is Arooj Aftab. The Pakistani singer, songwriter and producer has reinvented her song “Main Baghonwith a stripped-down, shimmering version that showcases her hauntingly powerful voice. She, too, covered the Best New Artist 2020 nominee ROSALIA‘s”DI MI NUMBER“, turning the Spanish superstar’s single into a Qawwali-inspired version. “I have always felt a very strong kinship with flamenco music, and recently I visited the south of Spain, even more undeniably. It’s always been in my periphery to do something with that energy,” Arooj shared. “The opportunity to cover a former nominee for Best New Artist pointed me straight to ROSALÍA. And even though it was a very ambitious choice, I had a great time versioning [‘DI MI NOMBRE’]!”
Arooj’s nomination marks the first time a Pakistani woman has been nominated for a GRAMMY award. The artist is also no stranger to Spotify: she has been named an ambassador for Spotify’s EQUAL program in Pakistan for the month of March, which was amplified with a matching billboard in Times Square. For more on Arooj, check out his recent interview on Spotify: mic check. In the podcast episode, she talks about her historic GRAMMY nomination and Pakistani culture.
Listen to these Spotify singles and more from this year’s Best New Artist nominees below.