grammys Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers  

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List Rules Vote for the musicians whose Grammys wins gave them the biggest career boost. Only winners who were legitimized or saw their most successful years after a Grammy victory.

The Grammy Awards can play a very important role in shaping an artist's career. With a victory, millions upon millions of unfamiliar music fans can suddenly recognize a musician and flock to listen to what impressed the voters. Sometimes, this boost takes a relatively unknown artist and turns them into a household name. There are plenty of examples of this happening since the inception of the Grammys. A number of great artists who might not have been heard of otherwise became stars. While it may have surprised outsiders, ultimately, these artists had their music heard by the masses.

So, who are the artists who had a Grammy win give their career a boost and most benefited from their Grammy wins? (It could have been in any category, not just Album of the Year or Best New Artist.) The likes of Amy Winehouse and Adele were already coming on strong with big singles, but their respective Grammy victories legitimized their music. Relatively new artists (at the time of their wins) like Eminem, Norah Jones, and a young Mariah Carey used their victories to launch their career into superstardom.

It's up to you to decide to determine which artists and musicians had the biggest career boost due to a Grammy victory. That said, if you notice someone missing from this list, feel free to add them. Vote or re-rank this list how you deem it to be fit.
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389 104
Adele is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

2
288 145
Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Sheryl Crow Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

3
285 159
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

4
224 149
The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
The Carpenters Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

5
217 148
Norah Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Norah Jones Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

6
226 164
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

7
220 170
Lorde is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Lorde Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

8
188 146
Culture Club is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Culture Club Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

9
168 137
Roberta Flack is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Roberta Flack Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

10
168 144
Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Natalie Cole Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm

11
184 174
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

12
150 156
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Mumford & Sons Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

13
103 105
Air Supply is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
TheresaCarbone added Air Supply Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock

14
62 54
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
TreyPrather added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

The Worst Artists to Win a Grammy Award

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21 10
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
marsel-kadiu added Taylor Swift Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

16
137 171
Ne-Yo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Ne-Yo Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

17
130 171
India.Arie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
India.Arie Pop music, Neo soul, Folk music

18
117 162
Glen Campbell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Glen Campbell Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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113 172
Gotye is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Gotye Trip hop, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

20
48 90
Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
NicL.Gholson added Brandy Norwood Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

21
98 187
Frank Ocean is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Frank Ocean Alternative hip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

22
90 191
D'Angelo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
D'Angelo Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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9 40
Joy Huerta is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
MichaelWhitteker added Joy Huerta Pop rock

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55 183
Shelby Lynne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Shelby Lynne Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll