GRAMMY Best New Artists Over The Years

WOMC's Bobby Mitchell discusses GRAMMYs Best New Artist career curse.

GRAMMY Best New Artists over the years. We’ve heard the cliché that winning  can be career poison. But don’t tell that to such legends as [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles [/lastfm](winners in 1964) or [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Carly Simon [/lastfm](winner in ’71) or [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]America[/lastfm] (ditto in ’72) or [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Natalie Cole [/lastfm](in 1975). But it is true that over the years some very worthy names have been overlooked for this important honor. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Four Seasons[/lastfm] lost to [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Robert Goulet[/lastfm]. In 1963, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Stevie Wonder [/lastfm]wasn’t even nominated! And how about this head scratcher: In 1974, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bad Company[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Chaka Khan and Rufus[/lastfm] lost to… oh, wait, you’re kidding me, right???

Chaka Khan and Rufus (“Tell Me Something Good”) and Bad Company (“Can’t Get Enough”) were nominated for GRAMMYs Best New Artist in 1974… but they lost to the respected writer, arranger and conductor [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Marvin Hamlisch[/lastfm].

If you’re taking notes… [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Boston[/lastfm] lost to [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Starland Vocal Band[/lastfm] in 1976. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Foreigner[/lastfm] lost out to [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Debbie Boone [/lastfm]in 1977. And check out this trifecta: [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Toto[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Cars [/lastfm]and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Elvis Costello [/lastfm]all lost out to [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]A Taste Of Honey [/lastfm]in 1978.


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