Pepsi Premieres Best New Artist Video Series Starring 2014 Nominees (Exclusive)

Kendrick Lamar

Dan Monick

An artist’s first Grammy nomination can be a life-changing event – particularly when that nod is for Best New Artist. Pepsi is amplifying its support of the 56th Grammy Best New Artist program with a series of video interviews with all five nominees – James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves and Ed Sheeran.


Of the quintet, only Sheeran is already a Grammy alum, having been up for Song of the Year with “The A Team.”

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In the vignettes, which launched today on and, the five nominees share sneak peeks into their daily lives, creative process and career evolution. The program will be embedded in three custom editorial stations through Pepsi’s sponsorship of iTunes Radio, including a Best New Artist station starting Jan. 15 and a Grammy Winner Station on Jan. 27, the day after the ceremony, which airs Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/7 CT on CBS. 

In this exclusive teaser trailer, the five nominees share their initial takeaways from the recognition.

“It’s supposed to be an immensely happy thing,” says James Blake, “but I find it’s more of an artistic validation.”

“The reality of my existence now is definitely a lot more work than what the eye can see,” says Kendrick Lamar.

“The music speaks to the people,” says Macklemore. “That’s enough, and the people have spoken.” 

“I’m leaning how to really take in what’s happening and live in the moment,” says Kacey Musgraves.

“I’m possibly the most comfortable I’ve ever been tat the moment,” says Ed Sheeran. “Now I get to enjoy it.”