Awards All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked  

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Starting back in 1959, the Best New Artist Grammy has been handed to top bands and artists who've made their way to stardom—as well as to ears around the world. Though topping the Billboard charts or having the most streamed song on Spotify are both great accomplishments, among plenty of other sought after achievements, the Best New Artist award is quite prestigious. And, as you'll see from the list of winners below, only the latest and greatest take home the honor each year. So, out of all the Best New Artist Grammy winners, who do you think is the absolute best?

As you can imagine, some serious names in the music industry make the list of Best New Artist winners, ranging from supergroups like The Beatles to top artists of the 21st century like Adele. In between, you have big names from a wide array of genres, including The Carpenters, Crosby Stills, Nash & Young, Cyndi Lauper, Tom Jones, and Amy Winehouse, among many others. Whether they're the hottest artists out right now or some of the greatest musicians of all time, they were all at one point the best new artist of their era. 

Check out the list of Best New Artist winners below and vote up your favorites, or those you thought were most deserving of the award. You can also vote artists down if you feel they should be lower on the list.

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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Abbey Road, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Year won: 1965

The Beatles were an English rock band that formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the greatest and ...more
2
28 11
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Back to Black, Frank, Lioness: Hidden Treasures

Year won: 2008

Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, jazz and reggae. Winehouse's 2003 ...more
3
26 12
Adele is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
21, 19, Make You Feel My Love

Year won: 2009

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, MBE is a British singer and songwriter. Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace in 2006. In 2007, she received ...more
4
23 12
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Daydream, Music Box, Mariah Carey

Year won: 1991

Mariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and occasional actress. She rose to prominence after releasing her self-titled debut studio album Mariah Carey in 1990; it went ...more
5
23 13
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
She's So Unusual, True Colors, Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Year won: 1985

Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper is an American singer, songwriter, actress. Lauper has sold over 50 million albums and 20 million singles. She has won awards at the Grammys, Emmys, Tonys, the New ...more
6
20 12
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Remixed & Unplugged in A minor, As I Am, Unplugged

Year won: 2002

Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record ...more
7
17 11
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Back to Basics, My Kind of Christmas, Stripped

Year won: 2000

Christina María Aguilera is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born in Staten Island, New York and raised in Rochester and Wexford, Pennsylvania, she appeared on the television ...more
8
18 14
John Legend is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Get Lifted, Once Again, Evolver

Year won: 2006

John Roger Stephens, better known by his stage name John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He has won nine Grammy Awards, one Golden Globe and one Academy Award. In 2007, ...more
9
17 13
The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Christmas Portrait, An Old-Fashioned Christmas, Christmas Collection

Year won: 1971

The Carpenters were an American vocal and instrumental duo consisting of siblings Karen and Richard Carpenter. Together, they produced a distinctively soft musical style, later becoming one of ...more
10
16 12
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, MTV Unplugged 2.0, Ms. Hill

Year won: 1999

Lauryn Hill is an American singer–songwriter, rapper, producer, and actress. She is best known for being a member of the Fugees and for her solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Raised in ...more
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16 13
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Déjà vu, 4 Way Street, Crosby

Year won: 1970

Crosby, Stills & Nash is a folk rock supergroup made up of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash. They are known as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young when joined by occasional fourth ...more
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12 9
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Nirvana, Latch, Lay Me Down

Year won: 2015

Samuel Frederick "Sam" Smith is an English singer and songwriter. He rose to fame in October 2012 when he was featured on Disclosure's breakthrough single "Latch", which ...more
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15 13
Norah Jones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Come Away With Me, Feels Like Home, The Fall

Year won: 2003

Geetali Norah Jones Shankar, widely known as Norah Jones, is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actress. She is a daughter of an American, Sue Jones, and Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi ...more
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15 13
Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Songs About Jane, Hands All Over, Payphone

Year won: 2005

Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band that originated in Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1994 as Kara's Flowers while its members were still in high school and originally ...more
15
11 9
Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
The Rose, Cool Yule, Beaches

Year won: 1974

Bette Midler, also known by her informal stage name The Divine Miss M, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and film producer. In a career spanning almost half a century, Midler ...more
16
13 12
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Tracy Chapman, Crossroads, Fast Car

Year won: 1989

Tracy Chapman is an American singer-songwriter, known for her hits "Fast Car" and "Give Me One Reason", along with other singles "Talkin' 'bout a Revolution", ...more
17
13 12
Carly Simon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Christmas Is Almost Here, Christmas Is Almost Here Again, Spoiled Girl

Year won: 1972

Carly Elisabeth Simon is an American singer-songwriter, musician and children's author. She first rose to fame in the 1970s with a string of hit records; her 13 Top 40 U.S. hits include ...more
18
9 8
Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Fallen, My Immortal, The Open Door

Year won: 2004

Evanescence is an American rock/metal band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody. After recording independent albums, the band released their ...more
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9 8
America is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Homecoming, The Complete Greatest Hits, A Horse With No Name

Year won: 1973

America is an American rock band, formed in 1970 by multi-instrumentalists Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley. The trio first met in London, where they began performing live. America ...more
20
7 6
Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Sheryl Crow, The Globe Sessions, Tuesday Night Music Club

Year won: 1995

Sheryl Suzanne Crow is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock, folk, country and blues. She has released eight studio albums, two ...more
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6 5
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked

Year won: 1986

Helen Folasade Adu, OBE, known as Sade, is a British Nigerian singer, songwriter, composer, and record producer. Following a brief stint of studying fashion design and modelling Adu began back ...more
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6 5
Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Snowflakes, Secrets, Un-Break My Heart

Year won: 1994

Toni Michele Braxton is an American R&B singer-songwriter, pianist, musician, record producer, actress, television personality, and philanthropist. Rising to fame in the beginning of the ...more
23
15 15
Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Acid Rap, Confident, Songs from Scratch: Paranoia

Year won: 2017

Chancelor Bennett, better known by his stage name Chance the Rapper, is an American hip hop recording artist from the Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. In 2013, he began to gain major ...more
24
13 13
Alessia Cara is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Know-It-All, The Pains of Growing

Year won: 2018

Alessia Caracciolo (born July 11, 1996), known professionally as Alessia Cara, is a Canadian singer and songwriter. After producing acoustic covers she signed with Def Jam Recordings and ...more
25
12 12
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Same Love

Year won: 2014

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are an American hip hop duo formed in 2009, from Seattle, Washington. The duo is composed of Ben Haggerty, a rapper who goes by the name of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, ...more