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All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked

Updated October 13, 2018 1.8k votes 168 voters58 items

List RulesVote up the greatest winners of the Best New Artist Grammy.

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
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    The Beatles

    Abbey Road, Revolver

    Genres (Music)Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

    Year won: 1965

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    Adele is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
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    Adele

    21, 19

    Genres (Music)Pop, R&B, Soul

    Year won: 2009

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    Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
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    Amy Winehouse

    Back to Black, Frank

    Genres (Music)Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul, Ska, Rock music

    Year won: 2008

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    Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
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    Cyndi Lauper

    She's So Unusual, True Colors

    Genres (Music)Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

    Year won: 1985

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    Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
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    Alicia Keys

    Remixed & Unplugged in A minor, As I Am

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul, Electronic music, Contemporary R&B

    Year won: 2002

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    Men at Work is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
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    Men at Work

    Business as Usual, Cargo

    Genres (Music)New Wave, Pop music, Rock music, Reggae, Pop rock

    Year won: 1983

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    Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
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    Mariah Carey

    Daydream, Music Box

    Genres (Music)Pop, Contemporary R&B

    Year won: 1991

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    Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
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    Christina Aguilera

    Back to Basics, My Kind of Christmas

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music, Swing music, Electronic music

    Year won: 2000

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    The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
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    The Carpenters

    Christmas Portrait, An Old-Fashioned Christmas

    Genres (Music)Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music, Easy listening, Soft rock

    Year won: 1971

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

    Homecoming, The Complete Greatest Hits

    Genres (Music)Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock, Pop rock

    Year won: 1973

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    Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
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    Lauryn Hill

    The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, MTV Unplugged 2.0

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul, Folk music, Reggae

    Year won: 1999

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    Bobby Darin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
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    Bobby Darin

    Beyond the Sea: The Very Best of Bobby Darin, You're the Reason I'm Living / I Wanna Be Around

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Swing music, Folk music, Traditional pop music, Big band

    Year won: 1959

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    Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
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    Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

    Déjà vu, 4 Way Street

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Folk rock

    Year won: 1970

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    Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
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    Sam Smith

    Nirvana, Latch

    Genres (Music)Pop, R&B, Soul

    Year won: 2015

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    Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
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    Tom Jones

    Praise & Blame, Live

    Genres (Music)Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

    Year won: 1966

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    Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
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    Tracy Chapman

    Tracy Chapman, Crossroads

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Alternative rock

    Year won: 1989

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    Hootie & the Blowfish is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
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    Hootie & the Blowfish

    Cracked Rear View, Hootie & the Blowfish

    Genres (Music)Jangle pop, Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock, Pop rock

    Year won: 1996

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    Maroon 5 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
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    Maroon 5

    Songs About Jane, Hands All Over

    Genres (Music)Pop, Alternative Rock

    Year won: 2005

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    Carly Simon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
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    Carly Simon

    Christmas Is Almost Here, Christmas Is Almost Here Again

    Genres (Music)Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music, Folk music, Traditional pop music

    Year won: 1972

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    Culture Club is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
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    Culture Club

    Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, Culture Club

    Genres (Music)Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

    Year won: 1984

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    John Legend is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
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    John Legend

    Get Lifted, Once Again

    Genres (Music)Contemporary R&B, Soul, Pop

    Year won: 2006

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    LeAnn Rimes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
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    LeAnn Rimes

    Unchained Melody: The Early Years, Sittin' on Top of the World

    Genres (Music)Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music, Dance music, Rhythm and blues

    Year won: 1997

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    Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
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    Sheryl Crow

    Sheryl Crow, The Globe Sessions

    Genres (Music)Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music, Folk music, Musical theatre

    Year won: 1995

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  • 24
    Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked

    Year won: 1986

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    Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked
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    Evanescence

    Fallen, My Immortal

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock, Alternative metal

    Year won: 2004

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