Best New Artist

Best New Artist

Grammy Award for Best New Artist
Gilded gramophone trophy presented to Grammy Award winners
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1959
Last awarded 2013
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The Grammy Award for Best New Artist has been awarded since 1959.[1] Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were handed out, for records released in the previous year. The award was not presented in 1967. The official guidelines are as follows: "For a new artist who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist." Note that this is not necessarily the first album released by an artist.

It is sometimes asserted, with varying degrees of sincerity, that winning the award is a curse, as several award winners (particularly from the late 70s and early 80s) were never able to duplicate the success they experienced in their debut year.[2][3] This viewpoint was expressed by former Starland Vocal Band member Taffy Danoff in a 2002 interview for VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders: "We got two of the five Grammys - one was Best New Artist. So that was basically the kiss of death and I feel sorry for everyone who's gotten it since."[4]

The category is also notable for being the only category in which a Grammy Award was vacated. This occurred in 1990 after it was revealed winners Milli Vanilli did not do their own vocals on their debut album. The award was revoked, but was not handed out to another artist.

Of the 48 awards presented in the category since its inception, the honor has been presented to 24 solo female artists, 15 duos or groups, and 11 solo male artists. Between 1997 and 2003, all the winners were solo female artists. Also, for 14 years, no winner was a solo male artist. In 2006, John Legend broke this trend, which started with Marc Cohn in 1992. Only four artists have won both Best New Artist and Album of the Year in the same year: Bob Newhart in 1961, Christopher Cross in 1981, Lauryn Hill in 1999 and Norah Jones in 2003.

1984 marked the first time that all of the nominees were from outside of the United States (Culture Club, Eurythmics, and Musical Youth were from England, Big Country was from Scotland, and Men Without Hats were from Canada).[5]

In 2010, Lady Gaga's exclusion from the Best New Artist category has caused the Recording Academy to change eligibility requirements for the next ceremony. She was ineligible for the nomination because her hit "Just Dance" had been nominated in 2009. The new rule states that an artist can be nominated as long as the artist hasn't released an entire album and doesn't win.[6][7][8] Jennifer Hudson faced the same situation as she was ineligible because she had been nominated with Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media for Dreamgirls in 2008.[8]


Year[I] Recipient Nominees Ref.
1960 Darin, BobbyBobby Darin
1961 Newhart, BobBob Newhart
1962 Nero, PeterPeter Nero
1963 Goulet, RobertRobert Goulet
1964 The Swingle Singers
1965 The Beatles
1966 Jones, TomTom Jones
1968 Gentry, BobbieBobbie Gentry
1969 Feliciano, JoséJosé Feliciano [9]
1970 Crosby, Stills & Nash
1971 The Carpenters [10]
1972 Simon, CarlyCarly Simon [11]
1973 America [12]
1974 Midler, BetteBette Midler [13]
1975 Hamlisch, MarvinMarvin Hamlisch
1976 Cole, NatalieNatalie Cole [14]
1977 Starland Vocal Band [15]
1978 Boone, DebbyDebby Boone
1979 A Taste of Honey [16]
1980 Jones, Rickie LeeRickie Lee Jones [17]
1981 Cross, ChristopherChristopher Cross [18]
1982 Easton, SheenaSheena Easton [19]
1983 Men at Work [20]
1984 Culture Club [5]
1985 Lauper, CyndiCyndi Lauper [21]
1986 Sade [22]
1987 Hornsby, BruceBruce Hornsby and the Range [23]
1988 Watley, JodyJody Watley [24]
1989 Chapman, TracyTracy Chapman [25]
1990 Vacated[III] [26]
1991 Carey, MariahMariah Carey [27]
1992 Cohn, MarcMarc Cohn [28]
1993 Arrested Development [29]
1994 Braxton, ToniToni Braxton [30]
1995 Crow, SherylSheryl Crow [31]
1996 Hootie & the Blowfish [32]
1997 Rimes, LeAnnLeAnn Rimes [33]
1998 Cole, PaulaPaula Cole [34]
1999 Hill, LaurynLauryn Hill [35]
2000 Aguilera, ChristinaChristina Aguilera [36]
2001 Lynne, ShelbyShelby Lynne [37]
2002 Keys, AliciaAlicia Keys [38]
2003 Jones, NorahNorah Jones [39]
2004 Evanescence [40]
2005 Maroon 5 [41]
2006 Legend, JohnJohn Legend [42]
2007 Underwood, CarrieCarrie Underwood [43]
2008 Winehouse, AmyAmy Winehouse [44]
2009 Adele [45]
2010 Zac Brown Band [46]
2011 Esperanza Spalding [47]
2012 Bon Iver [48]
2013 fun. [49]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.
^[II] Award not given.
^[III] Milli Vanilli were originally presented with the award, but were later stripped of it after it was discovered that they did not do their own vocal on their debut album. The award was not presented to any other artist, making the 1990 recipient vacant.

See also



External links

  • Official site of the Grammy Awards

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