With the Grammys now upon us, there’s no better time to reflect upon previous years of music’s biggest night — particularly on one of the most exciting categories, best new artist. Musicians who manage to snag a nomination in this category fall under the artists-to-watch category… the ones that make you rush out to buy and stream all their music because you’re confident there’s much more to come. We all want to get in on the ground level when it comes to being fans of such new talent.
And this year’s nominees, ranging from country music’s Luke Combs to dynamic R&B sister duo Chloe x Halle, have us seriously hyped up. But do all best new artist winners end up going on to achieve massive success? Out of curiosity, we decided to look back on winners from previous years to see how they’ve fared.
Some need no introduction. Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Maroon 5, John Legend, Carrie Underwood, Adele and Meghan Trainor haven’t strayed far from the public eye since their wins.
Others may come as a surprise (in many cases, a pleasant one!). Here’s an update on some of the Grammys previous best new artists.