The Best New Artist category is often the first the general public hears about the new kids on the block shaking up the music charts. Looking back through a few of the more recent past winners of this Grammy award, it’s hard to imagine a time before these artists dominated the soundtrack of our lives. With five new artists nominated for this year, only history can tell what the future could hold.

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Esperanza Spalding[/lastfm]

Esperanza was the first jazz artist to snag the Best New Artist award. She has a new album called Radio Music Society coming out in March.

2011 Nominees:
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Drake[/lastfm]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Florence + The Machine[/lastfm]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Justin Bieber[/lastfm]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mumford & Sons[/lastfm]

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Zac Brown Band[/lastfm]

The Zac Brown Band is still winning awards. They snagged another Grammy in 2011 for their collaboration with Alan Jackson on “As She’s Walking Away.”

2010 Nominees:
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Keri Hilson[/lastfm]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]MGMT[/lastfm]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Silversun Pickups[/lastfm]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Ting Tings[/lastfm]

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Adele[/lastfm]

The soulful chanteuse snagged 2 Grammys in 2009, Best New Artist and Best Pop Female Vocal for “Chasing Pavements.” Despite vocal troubles in 2011 cancelled her tour multiple times, Adele is slated to make her return at this year’s Grammys ceremony. She’s nominated for 6 awards.

2009 Nominees:
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Duffy[/lastfm]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jonas Brothers[/lastfm]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lady Antebellum[/lastfm]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jazmine Sullivan[/lastfm]

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Amy Winehouse[/lastfm]

This bright shining star had so much promise, but her personal struggles with drugs and alcohol tragically cut short her life in 2011 at the age of 27. A post-humus album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, was released in the fall.

2008 Nominees:
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Feist[/lastfm]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ledisi[/lastfm]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paramore[/lastfm]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Taylor Swift[/lastfm]

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Carrie Underwood[/lastfm]

There’s no stopping Carrie Underwood. The season 4 American Idol winner continues to dominate both the country and pop charts. She has a new single due out February 23rd called “Good Girl.”

2007 Nominees:
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]James Blunt[/lastfm]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Chris Brown[/lastfm]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Imogen Heap[/lastfm]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Corinne Bailey Rae[/lastfm]

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Maroon 5[/lastfm]

Maroon 5 hasn’t stopped rocking the world. Lead singer Adam Levine is currently a mentor on The Voice. Their single “Moves Like Jagger” with Christina Aguilera has sold over 7 million copies, making it one of the best-selling songs of 2011.

2005 Nominees:
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Los Lonely Boys[/lastfm]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Joss Stone[/lastfm]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kanye West[/lastfm]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Gretchen Wilson[/lastfm]

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Norah Jones[/lastfm]

Former University of North Texas student, Norah Jones has gone on to have all her albums go platinum, selling over a million copies. Her first album, Come Away With Me, has been certified diamond after selling 20 million copies. She has a new album due out in the spring of 2012.

2003 Nominees:
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ashanti[/lastfm]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Michelle Branch[/lastfm]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Avril Lavigne[/lastfm]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Mayer[/lastfm]

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Alicia Keys[/lastfm]

Alicia dominated the categories she was nominated for in 2002, taking home 5 out of 6 awards. Since then, she’s added nine more Grammys to her trophy shelf, not to mention the numerous awards she’s garnered. She’s also tried her hand at acting as well as directing.

2002 Nominees:
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]India.Arie[/lastfm]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nelly Furtado[/lastfm]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]David Gray[/lastfm]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Linkin Park[/lastfm]

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Christina Aguilera[/lastfm]

Snatching the Best New Artist award from Britney Spears sparked rumors of a rivalry, but Christina has managed to hold her own in the past decade.  She has added acting to her resume after appearing in the movie, Burlesque. She is now a mentor on talent program, The Voice.

2000 Nominees:
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Macy Gray[/lastfm]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kid Rock[/lastfm]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Britney Spears[/lastfm]
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Susan Tedeschi[/lastfm]


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