In a crowded, trendy 2019 field that included acts like H.E.R., Bebe Rexha and Chloe x Halle, the English pop star led the pack. She continued the year by dropping new singles, performing around the world and dating Anwar Hadid.
Once Cara’s viral hit “Here” hit the radio waves, the singer became a household name. The same year she won best new artist, 2018, she was also nominated three times in other categories: song of the year and best music video for “1-800-273-8255” and best pop duo/group performance for “Stay.”
Chance The Rapper
Chance made Grammy history by being the first artist to win without ever selling physical copies of his music. In 2017, he won best new artist, best rap performance for “No Problem” and best rap album for Coloring Book.
After her song “All About That Bass” was heard on repeat on every station throughout the country in 2015, it was only fitting that Trainor took home the award for best new artist the following year.
Smith swept the Grammys in 2015, winning record of the year and song of the year, as well as the coveted best new artist award. In November 2017, he dropped his second album, The Thrill of It All.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The rap duo took home the Grammy for best new artist, best rap performance and best rap album in 2014 thanks to a little song called “Thrift Shop.” The song took on a life of its own, staying at No. 1 on the Billboard charts for weeks and surpassing 1 billion views on YouTube.
The indie folk band won best new artist and best alternative music album for Bon Iver in 2012. Since then, Bon Iver has gone on to play at some of the biggest music festivals, like Bonnaroo and Coachella.
Zac Brown Band
After their single “Chicken Fried” became a hit in 2008, the band found itself at No. 1 on the country charts. Two years later, they earned their spot as best new artist at the Grammys.
In 2009, the British singer took the music world by storm with her debut album, 19, earning her a win for best new artist and best female pop vocal performance (“Chasing Pavements”).
2008 was the year of Winehouse. She won five Grammys, including three for her hit song “Rehab” and one for best pop vocal album for Back To Black. She also beat out Taylor Swift and Paramore to win best new artist.
She won America’s hearts when she was crowned American Idol in 2005, but it wasn’t until 2007 that the Grammys recognized Underwood as the best new artist. She’s the only American Idol winner to have nabbed the award.
The singer cleaned up at the 2006 Grammy Awards, winning best new artist, best R&B album (Get Lifted) and best male R&B performance (“Ordinary People”).
The band, which experienced huge success with their album Songs About Jane, was among a very competitive group of nominees back in 2005, including Kanye West, Los Lonely Boys and Josh Stone.
Jones’ 2002 album Come Away with Me launched her career thanks to her mega-hit song “Don’t Know Why.” After a whirlwind year, her album went to No. 1 and earned her five Grammys.
In addition to winning best new artist at the 2002 Grammys, Keys also won the song of the year for “Fallin’.”
How could we have ever forgotten that Xtina bested Britney Spears in 2000 to win best new artist? That must have been the tightest race in history. (Fact: “Genie in a Bottle” is still a banger.)
In 1999, Hill became one of only four musicians to win best new artist and album of the year (for The Miseducation of Lauyn Hill) in the same year.
Rimes still holds the title of being the youngest Grammy winner in history: She was only 14 when she won best new artist and best female country vocal performance for “Blue” in 1997.
In 1995, the singer beat out Counting Crows and Green Day to take home the prize for best new artist.
While it’s almost impossible for us to remember Carey as an up-and-comer, 1991 was one of her biggest yet: She hit the top of Billboard‘s Top 100 with her album, Emotions.
Simon won the award in 1971, thanks to her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album.
Crosby, Stills & Nash
At the 12th Grammy Awards, the band won best new artist in a very competitive group that included some rock-and-roll greats. “You know, it’s nice to win something when the other guy’s Led Zeppelin. That’s fun! None of us were there that night so [Atlantic Records co-founder] Ahmet Ertegun accepted it on our behalf,” Graham Nash later said in an interview.