The Grammy award for Best New Artist provides towering publicity for musicians; they often gain tremendous exposure. The accolade has also been deemed a curse when career paths quickly falter. The pre-req for Best New Artist states: "For a new artist who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist." Discover what happened to recipients after they claimed this title.
The Beatles, Carly Simon, Cyndi Lauper, and Mariah Carey are all regarded as cultural icons and have widely influenced acts since their wins in 1965, 1972, 1985, and 1991, respectively.
The Grammy's have honored a variety of genres during the past 55 years. In 1983, Men at Work became the first Australian act to land a win in the category. Esperanza Spalding was the first jazz honoree in 2011.
Tom Jones continues to wow audiences and now serves as a judge on "The Voice UK." The entertainer scored a Best New Artist trophy in 1966. 2000 winner Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine, whose band Maroon 5 won in 2005, star in the U.S. version of "The Voice."
Jody Watley recently released a video remix of "Nightlife" that reached the top twenty on the Billboard charts. One of the most influential female singers of the eighties, Jody took home the trophy in 1988.
Only three country music performers have claimed a Grammy for Best New Artist. LeAnn Rimes was the first to do so in 1997, followed by Carrie Underwood in 2007. The Zac Brown Band are the latest country act to be awarded with their 2010 victory.
It was her pop record "Tuesday Night Music Club" that helped land her the Best New Artist award in 1995, but Sheryl Crow has since transitioned to country music. Also making a multi-platinum splash in the country genre is Darius Rucker, whose band Hootie and the Blowfish won in 1996. In 2013, Bruce Hornsby, a winner in 1987, released "Cluck Ol' Hen," a live album with bluegrass virtuoso Ricky Skaggs.
Some artists have faced hardships in the years following their wins. 1992 winner Marc Cohn, best known for his hit "Walking in Memphis," suffered a major head injury after a shooting incident. Lauryn Hill, who swept the 1999 telecast, was recently released from prison after serving three months for tax evasion. The music industry tragically lost Bobby Darrin, Karen Carpenter, and Amy Winehouse shortly after their triumphant wins.
Several music groups disbanded after achieving Grammy awards, including Starland Vocal Band and Taste of Honey. Bands like Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Culture Club, and Arrested Development have experienced lineup changes through the years, but still draw massive crowds.
Milli Vanilli is the only act in Grammy history to ever have a trophy revoked. After discovering that the duo lip-synched performances and used studio musicians to provide vocals on their record, the Grammy organization nixed the 1990 win.
Who will take home the Grammy award for Best New Artist this year? Tune in this Sunday, January 26, to find out whether James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves, or Ed Sheeran win. Find a complete list of nominees here.