A History Of Best New Artists

In a category crowded with tough competition like Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence & The Machine and Mumford & Sons, Spalding bests her competition. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Esperanza Spalding (2010) In a category crowded with tough competition like Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence & The Machine and Mumford & Sons, Spalding bests her competition. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
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Zac Brown Band (2009) (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Adele (2008)
British singer Adele holds the Grammy awards for the Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Chasing Pavements" during the 51st Annual Grammy Awards. (Photo credit: VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
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British singer Winehouse performs for the 50th Grammy Awards ceremony via video link. (credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images for NARAS)
Amy Winehouse (2007) British singer Winehouse performs for the 50th Grammy Awards ceremony via video link. (credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images for NARAS)
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Carrie Underwood (2006) (credit: Kevin Winters/Getty Images)
John Legend holds his Grammy's for best new artist, best R&B album, and best male R&B vocal performance, backstage at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards. (credit: Reed Saxon/AP Photo)
John Legend (2005) John Legend holds his Grammy's for best new artist, best R&B album, and best male R&B vocal performance, backstage at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards. (credit: Reed Saxon/AP Photo)
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Maroon 5 (credit:Robyn Beck/Getty Images)
Singer Amy Lee of Evenescence (credit: Martin Oeser/AFP/Getty Images)
Evenescence (2003)
Singer Amy Lee of Evenescence (credit: Martin Oeser/AFP/Getty Images)
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Nora Jones (2002)
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Alicia Keyes (2001) (credit: Hector Mata/Getty Images)
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Shelby Lynne (2000) (credit: Lucy Nicholson/Getty Images)
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Christina Aguilera (1999) (credit: Hector Mata/Getty Images)
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Lauryn Hill (1998) (credit: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
Paula Cole during the 40th Grammy Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York. (credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Paula Cole (1997) Paula Cole during the 40th Grammy Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York. (credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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LeAnn Rimes (1996) (credit:Jon Levy/AFP/Getty Images)
Hootie & The Blowfish (1995)
Hootie & The Blowfish (1995)
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Sheryl Crow (1994) (credit: DAN GROSHONG/AFP/Getty Images)
Toni Braxton (1993)
Toni Braxton (1993)
At the 36th Annual Grammy Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Braxton won for best R&B Vocal Performance by a female and also for Best New Artist. (credit: TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Arrested Development (1992) (credit: Kevin Mazur Archive/Getty Images)
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Mark Cohn (1991) (credit: www.myspace.com/markcohn)
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Mariah Carey (1990) (credit: Bill Swersey/Getty Images)
German pop group Milli Vanilli's debut album achieved international success and won them a Grammy for Best New Artist in 1989.  However the award was revoked after it was revealed that the lead vocals were not the voices of lead singers Fab Morvan and the late, Rob Pilatus. (credit: Associated Press)
No Winner (1989) German pop group Milli Vanilli's debut album achieved international success and won them a Grammy for Best New Artist in 1989. However the award was revoked after it was revealed that the lead vocals were not the voices of lead singers Fab Morvan and the late, Rob Pilatus. (credit: Associated Press)
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Tracy Chapman (1988) (credit: Associated Press)
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Jody Watley (1987) (credit: Associated Press)
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Bruce Horsnby (1986) Jim Shea/Getty Images
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Sade (1985) (credit: Associated Press)
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Cyndi Lauper (1984) (credit: Ron Galella/Getty Images)
Boy George, lead singer for Culture Club. (credit: Associated Press)
Culture Club (1983) Boy George, lead singer for Culture Club. (credit: Associated Press)
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Men At Work (1982) (credit: www.myspace.com/menatwork)
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Sheena Easton (1981) (credit: www.myspace.com/eastonsheena)
The Beatles (1964)
The Beatles (1964)
The band members, from left to right, are George Harrison, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. (AP Photo)
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Bette Midler (1973) (credit: Ron Galella/Getty Images)
Suprised to see Mr. Newhart on this list?  His comedy albulm the Button-down Mind of Bob Newhart took 3 Grammy's that year. (credit: Associated Press)
Bob Newhart (1960) Suprised to see Mr. Newhart on this list? His comedy albulm the Button-down Mind of Bob Newhart took 3 Grammy's that year. (credit: Associated Press)
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