Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett has claimed to not know anything about her fellow Grammy nominees after she was shortlisted for the Best New Artist prize at next year’s Grammy Awards.
The 2016 Grammys will be held on February 15, with Barnett joined by the likes of British star James Bay, ‘All About That Bass’ hitmaker Meghan Trainor, plus Sam Hunt and Tori Kelly on the Best New Artist shortlist.
“I don’t know who they are,” Barnett recently told Billboard of her fellow nominees.
“I probably won’t [check them out]. I listen to music when my friends recommend it to me, I don’t often just go out and buy a record because it was in a magazine or it was on a list or something. So, yeah, I probably won’t. I feel like there’s so much music in the world that I haven’t listened to yet that I want to listen to.”
“You just live in your own little bubble, like, or I do anyway… I don’t know much about anything really. I don’t really follow that much. I’ve found a couple of albums or artists I like, but really I just do my own thing – I’m not so concerned about what everyone else is doing and what the trend is.”
Barnett continued to state that while she is surprised and flattered to be nominated, award shows are not necessarily the top of her wish list.
“I’m sure there are millions of other artists that I respect that have won Grammys, maybe. I don’t know, I’ve never followed the Grammys, I don’t know. But it’s just nice to have that recognition on such a huge international scale.”
Asked who she thinks is deserving of a Grammy nomination, Barnett added: “I don’t even know what new artist means. We did some shows with Sharon Van Etten last year, and I love her, and Benjamin Booker as well, last year. But I don’t know, there’s so many. I’ve been listening to Sleater-Kinney and, like, it’s new to me but they’re obviously not a new band.”
Barnett released her debut album ‘Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit’ in March 2015. Read the NME review here.