VOTE 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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399 110
Adele is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

2
339 163
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

3
289 158
Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

4
224 154
The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

5
218 152
Norah Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

6
228 167
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

7
224 174
Lorde is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

8
189 147
Culture Club is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Blue-eyed soul, Synthpop, New Wave

9
168 138
Roberta Flack is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

10
168 145
Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm

11
188 175
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

12
151 158
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

13
104 106
Air Supply is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
TheresaCarbone added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock

14
63 54
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
TreyPrather added Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

15
26 12
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
marsel-kadiu added Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

16
137 174
Ne-Yo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

17
130 172
India.Arie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Pop music, Neo soul, Folk music

18
117 163
Glen Campbell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

19
114 174
Gotye is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Trip hop, Experimental rock, Alternative rock

20
48 91
Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
NicL.Gholson added Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

21
100 188
Frank Ocean is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Alternative hip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

22
91 192
D'Angelo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

23
9 41
Joy Huerta is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
MichaelWhitteker added Pop rock

24
55 184
Shelby Lynne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Musicians Whose Grammy Wins Basically Made Their Careers
Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll