13 A-Listers You Forgot Were Once The GRAMMYs Best New Artist

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1. The Beatles, 1965

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It’s hard to imagine these icons as ever being “new.”

2. Crosby, Stills & Nash, 1970

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CSN beat out fellow icons Chicago and Led Zeppelin for their award.

3. Carly Simon, 1972

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She won her second GRAMMY in 1990 and was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame in 2004.

4. Cyndi Lauper, 1985

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In this picture, Lauper is being carried by Hulk Hogan. So 1985.

5. Mariah Carey, 1991

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Mariah was 20 years old when she won her award, and now-husband Nick Cannon was 10.

6. Toni Braxton, 1994

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The same year, Braxton also won a Best Female R&B Vocal Performance GRAMMY for “Another Sad Love Song.”

7. Sheryl Crow, 1995

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Of the nine GRAMMY Awards she would eventually win, three were in Crow’s debut year.

8. Christina Aguilera, 2000

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Christina notably beat out fellow songstress Britney Spears for the Best New Artist Award and, less notably, Kid Rock.

9. Alicia Keys, 2002

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Keys has already won 14 GRAMMY Awards, and is nominated for Best R&B Album in 2014.

10. Maroon 5, 2005

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Maroon 5 snagged the Best New Artist award in 2005, beating out fellow A-lister Kanye West.

11. John Legend, 2006

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John Legend is nominated for the 2014 GRAMMY Award for Best R&B Album against fellow Best New Artist winner Alicia Keys.

12. Carrie Underwood, 2007

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Underwood is the only American Idol alum to be nominated for the Best New Artist award, though she is among five contestants to win GRAMMY Awards (along with Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Hicks, Kelly Clarkson, and Fantasia Barrino).

13. Adele, 2009

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In 2009, Adele only won two of the four categories she was nominated in, including Best New Artist. In 2012, Adele won six GRAMMY Awards, sweeping every category in which she was nominated.

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