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All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked

Updated October 13, 2018 1.9k votes 174 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.

  • The Beatles1

    The Beatles

    Abbey Road, Revolver

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

    Year won: 1965

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  • Adele2


    21, 19

    Genres (Music)Pop, R&B, Soul

    Year won: 2009

    Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born 5 May 1988) is an English singer-songwriter. After graduating...  more

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  • Amy Winehouse3

    Amy Winehouse

    Back to Black, Frank

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

    Year won: 2008

    Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer and songwriter....  more

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  • The Carpenters4

    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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  • Cyndi Lauper5

    Cyndi Lauper

    She's So Unusual, True Colors

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

    Year won: 1985

    Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an American singer, songwriter, actress...  more

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  • Alicia Keys6

    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

    Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an ...  more

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  • Mariah Carey7

    Mariah Carey

    Daydream, Music Box

    Genres (Music)Pop, Contemporary R&B

    Year won: 1991

    Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1970) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, record...  more

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  • Lauryn Hill8

    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

    Lauryn Noelle Hill (born May 26, 1975) is an American singer, songwriter and rapper, known for...  more

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  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young9

    Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

    Déjà vu, 4 Way Street

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Folk rock

    Year won: 1970

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  • Tom Jones10

    Tom Jones

    Praise & Blame, Live

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

    Year won: 1966

    Sir Thomas John Woodward (born 7 June 1940), known professionally as Tom Jones, is a Welsh...  more

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    #136 of 196 The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time#118 of 219 The Top Pop Artists of the 1960s

  • Sam Smith11

    Sam Smith

    Nirvana, Latch

    Genres (Music)Pop, R&B, Soul

    Year won: 2015

    Samuel Frederick Smith (born 19 May 1992) is an English singer and songwriter. They rose to...  more

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  • Men at Work12

    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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  • Christina Aguilera13

    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

    Christina María Aguilera (born December 18, 1980) is an American singer, songwriter, actress...  more

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  • Tracy Chapman14

    Tracy Chapman

    Tracy Chapman, Crossroads

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

    Year won: 1989

    Tracy Chapman (born March 30, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, known for her hits "Fast...  more

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  • Hootie & the Blowfish15

    Hootie & the Blowfish

    Cracked Rear View, Hootie & the Blowfish

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

    Year won: 1996

    "Hootie" is a nickname for the following people: Hootie Ingram (born 1933), former Clemson...  more

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  • America16


    Homecoming, The Complete Greatest Hits

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

    Year won: 1973

    America is an American rock band that was formed in London in 1970 by Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek,...  more

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  • Culture Club17

    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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  • Toni Braxton18

    Toni Braxton

    Snowflakes, Secrets

    Genres (Music)Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

    Year won: 1994

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  • Evanescence19


    Fallen, My Immortal

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

    Year won: 2004

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  • Sade Adu20

    Year won: 1986

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  • Carly Simon21

    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

    Carly Elisabeth Simon (born June 25, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and...  more

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  • Norah Jones22

    Norah Jones

    Come Away With Me, Feels Like Home

    Genres (Music)Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion, Jazz, Country

    Year won: 2003

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  • Maroon 523

    Maroon 5

    Songs About Jane, Hands All Over

    Genres (Music)Pop, Alternative Rock

    Year won: 2005

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  • Sheryl Crow24

    Sheryl Crow

    Sheryl Crow, The Globe Sessions

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

    Year won: 1995

    Sheryl Suzanne Crow (born February 11, 1962) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and...  more

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  • John Legend25

    John Legend

    Get Lifted, Once Again

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

    Year won: 2006

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