Grammys 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

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Adele is listed (or ranked) 2 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

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18 4
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 3 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

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Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 4 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

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 5 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

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Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 6 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

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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 7 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

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Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 8 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

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Norah Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 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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11 6
Carly Simon is listed (or ranked) 10 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

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Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 11 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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John Legend is listed (or ranked) 12 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

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The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 13 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

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6 3
Bon Iver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
For Emma, Forever Ago, Bon Iver

Year won: 2012

Bon Iver is an American indie folk band founded in 2007 by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon. Vernon released Bon Iver's debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago independently in July 2007. The majority ...more

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Alessia Cara is listed (or ranked) 15 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

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7 5
Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 16 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

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Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Chance The Rapper is listed (or ranked) 18 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

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Culture Club is listed (or ranked) 19 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 band that were formed in 1981. The band comprised Boy George, Mikey Craig, Roy Hay and Jon Moss. Their second album, Colour by Numbers, sold more than 10 million ...more

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Men at Work is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Business as Usual, Cargo, '81 - '85 / Business as Usual

Year won: 1983

Men at Work was an Australian rock band, which formed in 1978. Their founding mainstay was Colin Hay on lead vocals; he formed the group with Jerry Speiser on drums and Ron Strykert on lead ...more

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Bobby Darin is listed (or ranked) 23 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 was an American singer, songwriter, and actor of film and television. He performed in a range of music genres, including pop, rock'n'roll, folk, and country. He started as a ...more

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Fun is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Some Nights, Aim and Ignite, iTunes Session

Year won: 2013

Fun is an American indie pop band based in New York City. It was formed by Nate Ruess, former lead singer of The Format, with Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff, of Anathallo and Steel Train ...more

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Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Christmas With You, Unforgettable: With Love, This Will Be Natalie Cole's Everlasting Love

Year won: 1976

Natalie Maria Cole is an American singer, songwriter, and performer. The daughter of Nat King Cole, Cole rose to musical success in the mid-1970s as a R&B artist with the hits "This ...more

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Bobbie Gentry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Bobbie Gentry and Glen Campbell, The Delta Sweete, Local Gentry

Year won: 1968

Roberta Lee Streeter, professionally known as Bobbie Gentry, is an American singer-songwriter notable as one of the first female country artists to compose and produce her own material. Her ...more

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Esperanza Spalding is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Chamber Music Society, Esperanza, Junjo

Year won: 2011

Esperanza Spalding is an American jazz bassist, cellist and singer, who draws upon many genres in her own compositions. She has won four Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Award for Best New ...more

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Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 28 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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Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 29 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

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Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Praise & Blame, Live, She's a Lady

Year won: 1966

Sir Thomas Jones Woodward, OBE, known by his stage name Tom Jones, is a Welsh singer. He became one of the most popular vocalists to emerge from the mid-1960s. Since then he has sung nearly ...more

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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life of..., Unplugged

Year won: 1993

Arrested Development is an American alternative hip hop group that formed in Atlanta in 1988. It was founded by Speech and his then best friend Headliner as a positive, Afrocentric alternative ...more

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Hootie & the Blowfish is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Cracked Rear View, Hootie & the Blowfish, Fairweather Johnson

Year won: 1996

Hootie & the Blowfish is an American rock band that formed in 1986 at the University of South Carolina by Darius Rucker, Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, and Jim Sonefeld. As of July 2010, the band ...more

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Bruce Hornsby & The Range is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
The Way It Is, Scenes From the Southside, A Night on the Town

Year won: 1987

Bruce Hornsby & The Range was a music band.

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Paula Cole is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
This Fire, Amen, Courage

Year won: 1998

Paula Cole is an American singer-songwriter. Her single "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1997, and the following year she won a Grammy ...more

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Peter Nero is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Peter Nero Plays the Music of Duke Ellington, Great Songs From the Movies, If Ever I Would Leave You

Year won: 1962

Peter Nero is an American pianist and pops conductor.

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1 1
Jody Watley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Jody Watley, Larger Than Life, Affairs of the Heart

Year won: 1988

Jody Vanessa Watley is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, music maverick and one of music's defining artists. whose music crosses genres from Pop, R&B, Jazz, Dance and ...more

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Starland Vocal Band is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Christmas at Home, Afternoon Delight: The Best of the Starland Vocal Band, Rear View Mirror

Year won: 1977

Starland Vocal Band was an American pop band, known primarily for "Afternoon Delight", one of the biggest-selling singles in 1976.

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Shelby Lynne is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
I Am Shelby Lynne, Love, Shelby

Year won: 2001

Shelby Lynne is an American singer and songwriter. The success of her 1999 album I Am Shelby Lynne led to her winning the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, even though she had, by that time, ...more

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Meghan Trainor is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Only 17, I'll Sing With You, All About That Bass

Year won: 2016

Meghan Elizabeth Trainor (born December 22, 1993) is an American singer and songwriter. Trainor's work has been recognized with several awards and nominations, including a Grammy Award, Music ...more

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Bob Newhart is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Best of the Button-Down Mind, 'Something Like This...' The Bob Newhart Anthology

Year won: 1961

George Robert "Bob" Newhart is an American stand-up comedian and actor. Noted for his deadpan and slightly stammering delivery, Newhart came to prominence in the 1960s when his album ...more

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America is listed (or ranked) 41 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

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Debby Boone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Reflections of Rosemary, You Light Up My Life, Friends for Life

Year won: 1978

Deborah Anne "Debby" Boone, is an American singer, author, and actress. She is best known for her 1977 hit, "You Light Up My Life", which spent ten weeks at No. 1 on the ...more

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Christopher Cross is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Christopher Cross, Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do), Red Room

Year won: 1981

Christopher Cross is an American singer-songwriter from San Antonio, Texas. His debut album earned him five Grammy Awards. He is perhaps best known for his US Top Ten hit songs, "Ride Like ...more

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Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 44 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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José Feliciano is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Feliz Navidad, And the Sun Will Shine.... Hits, Rarities

Year won: 1969

José Montserrate Feliciano García, better known simply as "José Feliciano," is a Puerto Rican virtuoso guitarist, singer, and composer known for many international ...more

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Zac Brown Band is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
The Foundation, Uncaged, Live - The Rock Bus Tour

Year won: 2010

Zac Brown Band is an American country music band based in Atlanta, Georgia, on the Southern Ground Artists label. The lineup consists of Zac Brown, Jimmy De Martini, John Driskell Hopkins, Coy ...more

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Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 47 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

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Rickie Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
The Evening of My Best Day, Flying Cowboys, Rickie Lee Jones

Year won: 1980

Rickie Lee Jones is an American vocalist, musician, songwriter and producer. Over the course of a career of over three decades, Jones has recorded in various musical styles including rock, ...more

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LeAnn Rimes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Unchained Melody: The Early Years, Sittin' on Top of the World, Put a Little Holiday in Your Heart

Year won: 1997

Margaret LeAnn Rimes Cibrian, known professionally as LeAnn Rimes, is an American country and pop singer. Known for her rich vocals, Rimes rose to stardom at age 13 following the release of the ...more

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Sheena Easton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
Do You, Sheena Easton, The Lover in Me

Year won: 1982

Sheena Shirley Easton is a Scottish international recording artist and stage and TV/film actress. Easton first came into the public eye as the focus of an episode in the first British reality ...more