Grammy Award for Best New Artist

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Grammy Award for Best New Artist
A gold gramophone trophy with a plaque set on a table
Gilded gramophone trophy presented to Grammy Award winners
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
CountryUnited States
First awarded1959
Last awarded2012
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Grammy Award for Best New Artist
A gold gramophone trophy with a plaque set on a table
Gilded gramophone trophy presented to Grammy Award winners
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
CountryUnited States
First awarded1959
Last awarded2012

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The category is also notable for being the only category in which a Grammy Award was revoked. 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 The award was revoked, but was not handed out to another artist.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 2009, 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 2008. 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]



The Beatles members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison (clockwise from top left)
1960 Grammy AwardsDarin, BobbyBobby Darin United States
1961 Grammy AwardsNewhart, BobBob Newhart United States
1962 Grammy AwardsNero, PeterPeter Nero United States
1963 Grammy AwardsGoulet, RobertRobert Goulet United States
1964 Grammy AwardsThe Swingle Singers France
1965The Beatles United Kingdom
1966Jones, TomTom Jones United Kingdom
1968Gentry, BobbieBobbie Gentry United States
1969Feliciano, JoséJosé Feliciano Puerto Rico[9]
1970Crosby, Stills & Nash United Kingdom
 United States
1971The Carpenters United States[10]
1972Simon, CarlyCarly Simon United States[11]
1973America United Kingdom
 United States
1974Midler, BetteBette Midler United States[13]
1975Hamlisch, MarvinMarvin Hamlisch United States
1976Cole, NatalieNatalie Cole United States[14]
1977Starland Vocal Band United States[15]
1978Boone, DebbyDebby Boone United States
1979A Taste of Honey United States[16]
1980Jones, Rickie LeeRickie Lee Jones United States[17]
1981Cross, ChristopherChristopher Cross United States[18]
1982Easton, SheenaSheena Easton United Kingdom[19]
1983Men at Work Australia[20]
1984Culture Club United Kingdom[5]
1985Lauper, CyndiCyndi Lauper United States[21]
1986Sade United Kingdom[22]
1987Hornsby, BruceBruce Hornsby and the Range United States[23]
1988Watley, JodyJody Watley United States[24]
1989Chapman, TracyTracy Chapman United States[25]
1990None. (Milli Vanilli initially won, but were stripped of their award after it was discovered that it was not their own vocals on the album. See Milli Vanilli for more information.N/A[26]
1991Carey, MariahMariah Carey United States[27]
1992Cohn, MarcMarc Cohn United States[28]
1993Arrested Development United States[29]
1994Braxton, ToniToni Braxton United States[30]
1995Crow, SherylSheryl Crow United States[31]
1996Hootie & the Blowfish United States[32]
1997Rimes, LeAnnLeAnn Rimes United States[33]
1998Cole, PaulaPaula Cole United States[34]
1999Hill, LaurynLauryn Hill United States[35]
2000Aguilera, ChristinaChristina Aguilera United States[36]
2001Lynne, ShelbyShelby Lynne United States[37]
2002Keys, AliciaAlicia Keys United States[38]
2003Jones, NorahNorah Jones United States[39]
2004Evanescence United States[40]
2005Maroon 5 United States[41]
2006Legend, JohnJohn Legend United States[42]
2007Underwood, CarrieCarrie Underwood United States[43]
2008Winehouse, AmyAmy Winehouse United Kingdom[44]
2009Adele United Kingdom[45]
2010Zac Brown Band United States[46]
2011Esperanza Spalding United States[47]
2012Bon Iver United States[48]

^[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. Originally, the runner-up was to be awarded, but since no one wanted it, a new winner was not announced.

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