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Grammy Award The Grammy Award (stylized as GRAMMY, originally called Gramophone Award), or just Grammy, is an award presented by the Recording Academy, the US Recording Academy to recognize "Outstanding Achievement in the music industry" of the United State ...
for Best New Artist has been awarded since 1959. 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. This viewpoint was expressed by former
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member
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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." The category is also notable for being the only category in which a Grammy Award was vacated. This event occurred in 1990 after it was revealed that winners
Milli Vanilli Milli Vanilli was a German-French Contemporary R&B, R&B duo from Munich. The group was founded by Frank Farian in 1988 and consisted of Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus. Their debut album, ''All or Nothing (Milli Vanilli album), All or Nothing'' in Eu ...
did not contribute their own vocals on their album, ''
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''. The award was revoked, but wasn't handed out to another artist.


Further information

Of the 54 awards presented in the category since its inception, the honor has been presented to 26 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 John Roger Stephens (born December 28, 1978), known professionally as John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter, and producer. Prior to the release of Legend's debut album ''Get Lifted'' (2004), he collaborated with already-established ar ...

John Legend
broke this trend, which started after
Marc Cohn Marc Craig Cohn (; born July 5, 1959) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1992. Cohn is best known for the song "Walking in Memphis" from his Marc Cohn (album), eponymous 1991 album;, whi ...
in 1992. Only five artists have won both Best New Artist and Album of the Year in the same year:
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Bob Newhart
in 1961,
Christopher Cross Christopher Cross (born Christopher Charles Geppert; May 3, 1951) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer from San Antonio, Texas. Cross won five Grammy Awards for his Christopher Cross (album), eponymous debut album released ...

Christopher Cross
in 1981,
Lauryn Hill Lauryn Noelle Hill (born May 26, 1975) is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper. She is often regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time, as well as being one of the most influential singers of her generation. Hill is credited fo ...
in 1999,
Norah Jones Norah Jones (born Geethali Norah Jones Shankar; March 30, 1979) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. She has won multiple awards and her albums have sold more than 50 million records worldwide. ''Billboard (magazine), Billboard'' named ...

Norah Jones
in 2003, and
Billie Eilish Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell ( ; born December 18, 2001) is an American singer and songwriter. She first gained attention in 2015 when she uploaded the song "Ocean Eyes (song), Ocean Eyes" to SoundCloud, which was subsequently released ...
in 2020. Of these, Cross, Jones, and Eilish had songs winning
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and Song of the Year for the same year, with Cross as the sole songwriter, Eilish as co-writer, and Jones lacking songwriting credit, which therefore made her miss out on completing the single year big four Grammy achievement, a feat that only Cross and Eilish attained. Only two artists have ''lost'' Best New Artist yet won Album of the Year in the same year:
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in 1963 and
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in 1996. Of all the winners, only one (
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Esperanza Spalding
) has been a
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artist and only three have been
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country
artists. In 1997,
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LeAnn Rimes
became the first country artist and (at age 14) the youngest artist to win the award. She was followed by
Carrie Underwood Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, author, entrepreneur, and record producer. She rose to prominence after winning the American Idol (season 4), fourth season of ''American Idol'' in 2005. H ...

Carrie Underwood
in 2007 and
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Zac Brown Band
in 2010. Additionally, 2017 marked the first time that two country artists were nominated in this category in the same year, in which
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and
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were both nominated. In 2018,
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became the first Canadian artist to ever win the award, and the only woman to win a major category that year. In 2020, Rosalía became the first all Spanish-language artist to be nominated. 2021 marked the first time that multiple female rappers were nominated in the same year, when Chika,
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and
Megan Thee Stallion Megan Jovon Ruth Pete (born February 15, 1995), known professionally as Megan Thee Stallion (pronounced "Megan The Stallion"), is an American rapper. Originally from Houston, Texas, she first garnered attention when videos of her Freestyle rap, f ...
were all nominated, with the latter winning the award.
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and
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Carl Palmer
hold the unique distinction of being the only artists to be nominated twice for this award. Palmer was nominated both time as a member of a supergroup:
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and
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, while Crosby was nominated as a member of
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and won as a member of the supergroup
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. 1984 marked the first time that all of the nominees were from outside the United States (Winner
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,
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,
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, and
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were from the United Kingdom, and
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Men Without Hats
were from Canada). Only eight artists have been nominated to Best New Artist and have been later awarded with the
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:
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(1965, 2014),
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(1970, 2020),
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(1969, 2006),
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(1968, 2016),
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Antônio Carlos Jobim
(1965, 2012),
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, (1970, 2005),
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(1961, 1989), and
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(1972, 2020).


Process

Members of the
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences The Recording Academy (formally the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences; abbreviated NARAS) is an American Learned society, learned academy of musicians, producers, recording engineers, and other musical professionals. It is famous f ...
nominate their choices for the best new artist. A list of the top twenty artists is given to the Nominations Review Committee, a specially selected group of anonymous members, who initially selected the top five artists to gain a nomination in the category in a special ballot; the nu mber of nominated artists was increased to eight in 2018. The rest of the members then vote on a winner from the final nominees.


Rules changes

Over the years, the eligibility rules for this category have changed several times. In 2010,
Lady Gaga Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta ( ; born March 28, 1986), known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is known for her image reinventions and musical versatility. Gaga began performing as a teenag ...

Lady Gaga
's exclusion from the Best New Artist category caused the
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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 may be nominated as long as that artist has not previously released an entire
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album
and has subsequently not won a Grammy. In June 2016, the Grammy organization 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”. 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 (until 2020 there was a maximum of 30 singles/tracks or three albums, but this maximum limit was removed for the 2021 awards season) * 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 were put on effect with the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. The category was expanded to include eight nominees in
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. From 2021, the screening committees will be charged with determining whether the artist had attained a breakthrough or prominence prior to the eligibility year. Such a determination would result in disqualification.


Recipients


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1970s


1980s


1990s


2000s


2010s


2020s


Notes

Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.
The Grammy Award for Best New Artist wasn't presented during the 9th Grammy Awards.
Milli Vanilli Milli Vanilli was a German-French Contemporary R&B, R&B duo from Munich. The group was founded by Frank Farian in 1988 and consisted of Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus. Their debut album, ''All or Nothing (Milli Vanilli album), All or Nothing'' in Eu ...
were originally presented with the award on February 21, 1990, but were later stripped of it after admitting that they weren't the original singers on their album. The category was left vacant for the year.


See also

* List of Grammy Award categories


References

General * Specific


External links

* {{DEFAULTSORT:Grammy Award For Best New Artist New Artist Music awards for breakthrough artist