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Grammys newbies frontrunners

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LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Los Angeles is gearing up for the Grammys, music’s marquee night, with Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X leading a pack of young, talented contenders hoping to strike gold on Sunday.

Leading the pack is the effervescent
31-year-old Lizzo — beloved by fans for her sassy, body-positive persona and unflinching messages of feminist empowerment, sexual freedom and black pride. She nabbed eight nominations, including in all the top four categories.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 23: Billie Eilish attends Spotify Hosts “Best New Artist” Party at The Lot Studios on January 23, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Spotify/AFP

The 18-year-old goth-leaning pop iconoclast Billie Eilish has six chances at Grammy gold. The winner of two American Music Awards in November, including best new artist, is performing in Manila on 5 September 2020.

The genre-bending overnight sensation Lil Nas X, 20, also has six nominations. His “Old Town Road” is the highest and fastest rising song of any breakout artist in recent memory, according to Vice.com.

The newbie frontrunners will square off against veteran powerhouses including Ariana Grande and Beyonce, as well as alt-leaning acts Lana Del Rey, Bon Iver and Vampire Weekend.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 23: Lil Nas X attends Spotify Hosts “Best New Artist” Party at The Lot Studios on January 23, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Spotify/AFP

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