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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 formed in Liverpool in 1960. With a line-up comprising John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they are regarded as the most ...more

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#1 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timefeaturing The Worst Beatles Songslisted on The Best English Boy Bands

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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 (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer and songwriter. She was known for her deep, expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, ...more

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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 (; born 5 May 1988) is an English singer-songwriter. After graduating from the BRIT School in 2006, Adele signed a recording contract with XL Recordings. In 2007, she ...more

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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 (born March 27, 1970) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, record producer, and entrepreneur. Referred to as the "Songbird Supreme" by the Guinness World Records, ...more

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#147 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timefeaturing The Best Mariah Carey Songs of All Timelisted on Famous Friends of Jay-Z

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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 (born June 22, 1953) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and activist. Her career has spanned over 40 years. Her album She's So Unusual (1983) was the first ...more

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#380 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timefeaturing The Best Cyndi Lauper Albums of All Timelisted on Grammy Award for Best New Artist Winners List

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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 (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. A classically-trained pianist, Keys was composing songs by age ...more

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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 (born December 18, 1980) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and television personality. Her accolades include five Grammy Awards, one Latin Grammy Award, ...more

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#48 of 466 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singersfeaturing Things You Didn't Know About Christina Aguileralisted on Famous Friends of Britney Spears

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The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 8 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 (1950–1983) and Richard Carpenter (b. 1946). They produced a distinct soft musical style, combining ...more

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#696 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timefeaturing The Best Carpenters Albums of All Timelisted on Grammy Award for Best New Artist Winners List

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Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 9 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 Noelle Hill (born May 26, 1975) is an American singer, songwriter and rapper, known for being a member of Fugees, and for her solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won many ...more

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#558 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timefeaturing The Best Lauryn Hill Songslisted on Grammy Award for Best New Artist Winners List

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Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked

Year won: 1986

Helen Folasade Adu, (Yoruba: Fọláṣadé Adú [fɔ̄láʃādé ādú]; born 16 January 1959), known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade ( shah-DAY), is a ...more

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#335 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #271 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Famelisted on Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Winners List

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America is listed (or ranked) 11 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 that was formed in London in 1970 by Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley. The trio met as sons of US Air Force personnel stationed in London, where they ...more

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#214 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #24 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Famelisted on Grammy Award for Best New Artist Winners List

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Crosby, Stills, Nash &am... is listed (or ranked) 12 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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#177 of 466 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers #116 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timelisted on Grammy Award for Best New Artist Winners List

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Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Praise & Blame, Live, She's a Lady

Year won: 1966

Sir Thomas John Woodward (born 7 June 1940), known professionally as Tom Jones, is a Welsh singer. His career began with a string of top-ten hits in the mid-1960s. He has toured regularly, with ...more

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#591 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #59 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Famelisted on Grammy Award for Best New Artist Winners List

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Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 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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#7 of 56 The Best New Male Artists #24 of 466 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers #1,901 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Tracy Chapman, Crossroads, Fast Car

Year won: 1989

Tracy Chapman (born March 30, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, known for her hits "Fast Car" and "Give Me One Reason", along with other singles "Talkin' 'bout a ...more

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Carly Simon is listed (or ranked) 16 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 (born June 25, 1945) 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. ...more

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John Legend is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Get Lifted, Once Again, Evolver

Year won: 2006

John Roger Stephens (born December 28, 1978), known professionally as John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter, producer, actor, and philanthropist. Prior to the release of Legend's debut ...more

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Norah Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Come Away With Me, Feels Like Home, The Fall

Year won: 2003

Norah Jones (born Geethali Norah Jones Shankar; March 30, 1979) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. She has won multiple awards and has sold more than 50 million records worldwide. ...more

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Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
The Rose, Cool Yule, Beaches

Year won: 1974

Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and film producer. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Midler began her professional career in several ...more

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Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Snowflakes, Secrets, Un-Break My Heart

Year won: 1994

Toni Michelle Braxton (born October 7, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter, pianist, record producer, actress, television personality, and philanthropist. In the late 1980s she began ...more

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Culture Club is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, Culture Club, Colour by Numbers

Year won: 1984

Culture Club are an English rock group that formed in London in 1981. The band comprises Boy George (lead vocals), Roy Hay (guitar and keyboards), Mikey Craig (bass guitar) and Jon Moss (drums ...more
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Bobby Darin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Beyond the Sea: The Very Best of Bobby Darin, You're the Reason I'm Living / I Wanna Be Around, Bobby Darin Sings Doctor Doolitle / Born Walden Robert Cassotto

Year won: 1959

Bobby Darin (born Walden Robert Cassotto; May 14, 1936 – December 20, 1973) was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor in film and television. He performed jazz, pop, ...more

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#417 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #185 of 1,066 The Best Singers of All Timelisted on Grammy Award for Best New Artist Winners List

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Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Fallen, My Immortal, The Open Door

Year won: 2004

Evanescence ( E(E)V-ə-NESS-ənss) is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1995 by singer and pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody. After recording independent albums, the ...more

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#413 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timefeaturing The Best Evanescence Albums, Rankedlisted on Grammy Award for Best New Artist Winners List

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Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 24 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 (born February 11, 1962) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and actress. Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock, country, jazz, and blues. She has released ...more

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Hootie & the Blowfis... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Cracked Rear View, Hootie & the Blowfish, Fairweather Johnson

Year won: 1996

"Hootie" is a nickname for the following people: Hootie Ingram (born 1933), former Clemson University head football coach William "Hootie" Johnson (born 1931), former ...more

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