Also, since when is Bon Iver a "new" artist? 5 years isn't really new.
We were just talking about that! While the Grammy's do this with someone each year (see Imogen Heap) this one is pretty funny. We were thinking it's because they were heavily involved in some pretty huge hip-hop this year. Maybe it brought them to the attention of some Grammy voting types who wouldn't have otherwise known of them? I sincerely doubt thete's Grammy voters on the lawn at 'squatch.
"To be eligible for Best New Artist, an artist has to have simply never won a Grammy before, have released at least one album (but not more than three), and have not been entered for Best New Artist more than three times (even as a member of a group)." Weird.
I'm not saying I put any merit in the Grammys artistically but I do find them interesting just as a way to gauge the acceptance of certain artists into mainstream. Plus I just like award shows way too much. It's the same reason I'm on a message board dedicated to talking about the possible lineup for a music festival (or at least it was at one point)