OK, now what does Best New Artist mean to the Recording Academy again?
Because it certainly doesn't mean you just started making music sometime during the prior 12 months.
Well, according to the rules, you must have released a minimum of one album or at least five songs, but no more than 30 tracks or three albums. You can't have been included in the category more than three times before as a member of another entity or doing something different as a performer. And, perhaps the one that resonates the most: you "must have achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and impacted the musical landscape during the eligibility period."
Check, check, check, check, check, check, check and... check.