Along with fellow nominee Carrie Underwood, Rimes has won this award before, as well as Best New Artist – but that was back in 1996. Last.fm Trends looks at her scrobbles to see if this year will see a return to form.
Lead single from her forthcoming thirteenth studio album, Lady and Gentlemen, “Swingin’” is a cover of John Anderson’s 1983 hit, peaking #57 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart – well below her biggest hits, and the #1 position that Anderson reached. Previous Grammy winner “Blue” is more popular on Last.fm with 41,494 scrobbles from 10,592 listeners – however, it’s still not in her top ten tracks.
In fact, the only artist whose nominated tracks is among her favorites is Miranda Lambert; “The House That Built Me” currently sits at number four in her most played tracks of the last seven days.
Rimes’ career since 1996 has often branched into a more adult contemporary and pop field than country, so this is an interesting nomination for her, along with pop-crossover artist Jewel. We’ll have to see if this is a triumphant return to her roots.