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The real surprise here is alt-pop darling Imogen Heap, but she's out of her league. Underwood, a bona fide country phenom, earns the distinction of becoming the first American Idol winner to be nominated for Best New Artist. Both she and teen R&B star Brown will be around for years to come. While Blunt may be the best bet to pick up this trophy, thanks to the singer-songwriter's ubiquitous hit "You're Beautiful" and his double-platinum debut Back to Bedlam, we're rooting for neo-soul enchantress Bailey Rae, who had us under her spell every time we put her record on.