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
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1959
Last awarded 2017
Currently held by Chance the Rapper (2017)
Website grammy.com

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 1970s and early 1980s) 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 one of its kind in which a Grammy Award was vacated, this occurred in 1990 after it was revealed winners Milli Vanilli did not contribute their own vocals on their debut album. The award was revoked, but was not handed out to another artist.

Of the 54 awards presented in the category since its inception, the honor has been presented to 25 solo female artists, 18 duos or groups, and 11 solo male artists. Between 1997 and 2003, all the winners were solo female artists. Also, from 1993 to 2005, 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.

Of all the winners, only three have been country artists; in 1997, LeAnn Rimes became the first country artist to win the award.[5][6] She was followed by Carrie Underwood in 2007[6][7] and Zac Brown Band in 2010.[8] Additionally, 2017 marked the first time that two country artists were nominated in this category in the same year.[9]

1984 marked the first time that all of the nominees were from outside the United States (Winner Culture Club, Eurythmics, and Musical Youth were from England, Big Country was from Scotland, and Men Without Hats were from Canada).[10]

Rules changes[edit]

Over the years, the eligibility rules for this category have changed several times; in 2010, Lady Gaga's exclusion from the Best New Artist category 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 stated that an artist can be nominated as long as that artist has not previously released an entire album and has subsequently not won a Grammy.[11][12] In June 2016, the Grammy organisation amended the Best New Artist rules once again, to remove the album barrier “given current trends in how new music and developing artists are released and promoted”.[13] To be eligible in the category of Best New Artist, the artist, duo, or group:

  • Must have released a minimum of five singles/tracks or one album, but no more than 30 singles/tracks or three albums.
  • May not have entered into this category more than three times, including as a performing member of an established group.
  • Must have achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and impacted the musical landscape during the eligibility period.

These new rules will be effective from the 2017 Grammy season.

1960s[edit]

The Beatles members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison (clockwise from top left)
Year[I] Recipient Nominees Ref.
1959 Darin, BobbyBobby Darin [14]
1961 Newhart, BobBob Newhart [15]
1962 Nero, PeterPeter Nero [16]
1963 Goulet, RobertRobert Goulet [17]
1964 The Swingle Singers [18]
1965 The Beatles [19]
1966 Jones, TomTom Jones [20]
1967 no award [II]
1968 Gentry, BobbieBobbie Gentry [21]
1969 Feliciano, JoséJosé Feliciano [22]

1970s[edit]

Year[I] Recipient Nominees Ref.
1970 Crosby, Stills & Nash [23]
1971 The Carpenters [24]
1972 Simon, CarlyCarly Simon [25]
1973 America [26]
1974 Midler, BetteBette Midler [27]
1975 Hamlisch, MarvinMarvin Hamlisch [28]
1976 Cole, NatalieNatalie Cole [29]
1977 Starland Vocal Band [30]
1978 Boone, DebbyDebby Boone [31]
1979 A Taste of Honey [32]

1980s[edit]

Year[I] Recipient Nominees Ref.
1980 Jones, Rickie LeeRickie Lee Jones [33]
1981 Cross, ChristopherChristopher Cross [34]
1982 Easton, SheenaSheena Easton [35]
1983 Men at Work [36]
1984 Culture Club [10]
1985 Lauper, CyndiCyndi Lauper [37]
1986 Sade [38]
1987 Hornsby, BruceBruce Hornsby and the Range [39]
1988 Watley, JodyJody Watley [40]
1989 Chapman, TracyTracy Chapman [41]

1990s[edit]

Year[I] Recipient Nominees Ref.
1990 [III] [42]
1991 Carey, MariahMariah Carey [43]
1992 Cohn, MarcMarc Cohn [44]
1993 Arrested Development [45]
1994 Braxton, ToniToni Braxton [46]
1995 Crow, SherylSheryl Crow [47]
1996 Hootie & the Blowfish [48]
1997 Rimes, LeAnnLeAnn Rimes [49]
1998 Cole, PaulaPaula Cole [50]
1999 Hill, LaurynLauryn Hill [51]

2000s[edit]

Year[I] Recipient Nominees Ref.
2000 Aguilera, ChristinaChristina Aguilera [52]
2001 Lynne, ShelbyShelby Lynne [53]
2002 Keys, AliciaAlicia Keys [54]
2003 Jones, NorahNorah Jones [55]
2004 Evanescence [56]
2005 Maroon 5 [57]
2006 Legend, JohnJohn Legend [58]
2007 Underwood, CarrieCarrie Underwood [59]
2008 Winehouse, AmyAmy Winehouse [60]
2009 Adele [61]

2010s[edit]

Year[I] Image Recipient Nominees Ref.
2010 Zac Brown Band live.jpg Zac Brown Band [62]
2011 Esperanza spalding.jpg Esperanza Spalding [63]
2012 Bon Iver.jpg Justin Vernon, lead singer and guitarist Bon Iver [64]
2013 Fun..jpg Nate Ruess, lead singer fun. [65]
2014 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at Sasquatch 2011.jpg Macklemore & Ryan Lewis [65]
2015 Sam Smith Lollapalooza 2015 (cropped).jpg Sam Smith [66]
2016 Meghan Trainor 2015 (cropped).jpg Meghan Trainor [65]
2017 Chance The Rapper 2013.jpg Chance the Rapper [67]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.
^[II] Award for Best New Artist was not presented during the 9th Grammy Awards.[68][69]
^[III] Milli Vanilli were originally presented with the award, but were later stripped of it after it was discovered that they did not perform their own vocals on their debut album. The award was revoked, but was not handed out to another artist, therefore rendering the 1990 recipient vacant.

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