Meghan Trainor just nabbed the Grammy award for Best New Artist, the only category in which she was nominated this year—and it was perhaps the least-surprising major category win at yesterday’s ceremony.
In the days leading up to music’s biggest night, Trainor was the favorite for all the online betting sites monitored by OddsTracker. A $1 bet on a Trainor victory yesterday would have yielded only $2.20, putting her solidly ahead of James Bay ($3.50), Sam Hunt ($5), Courtney Barnett ($6) and Tori Kelly ($11).
Trainor still seemed a bit surprised to take home the golden gramophone, weeping through her acceptance speech.
“I have to thank L.A. Reid for looking at me as an artist instead of just a songwriter,” she said while accepting the award from presenter Sam Smith, who won the award last year. “And my mom and dad.”
This isn’t Trainor’s first rodeo. Last year she was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year (both for “All About That Bass”), but lost out on both. Of course, last year’s nominations underscore how strange it is that she was up for Best New Artist this year.
Despite being only 22 years old, Trainor is something of an established star at this point. In addition to her 2015 Grammy nominations, she has a No. 1 album under her belt along with four multiplatinum singles, including “All About That Bass,” which was released in June 2014.