Nominee: Los Lonely Boys are brothers Henry, JoJo and Ringo Garza from San Angelo, Texas. Their self-titled debut is a collection of "Tex-Mex" songs -- a fusion of rock, blues and country with Latin rhythms. We originally featured this tune on our 2004 Summer Music show.
Nominee: British singer Joss Stone's debut album The Soul Sessions was released in 2003 and featured on All Songs Considered episode 41. Stone was just 16 years old at the time, but proved to have a strong voice and instinct for American soul music. Her follow-up, last year's Mind Body & Soul, earned her an official nomination for best new artist.
Nominee: Kanye West spent time producing hits for Jay-Z and other rappers before starting his own career as an MC with his debut release last year, The College Dropout. Fans have called West the 'everyman rapper' for his easy, sing-song style and sense of humor. He was originally featured on All Songs Considered's collection of the best songs of 2004.
Nominee: Gretchen Wilson is a contemporary country singer/songwriter from Illinois. Her debut album Here for the Party entered the country charts at number one and sold more than a quarter of a million copies, the largest opening week for a new country artist on record.
Listener pick: Arcade Fire formed in Montreal in 2003 and released their remarkable debut just a year later. Called Funeral to remember several family members who died the year it was recorded, the album is a mesmerizing collection of intimate, experimental rock.
All Songs pick: This is the debut release from Ray LaMontagne, a singer/songwriter who sounds like a cross between Otis Redding and Van Morrison. His music is sparse, maudlin with heartfelt, cinematic stories.