Grammy Best New Artist Winners: 26 Record-Holders, From Youngest to Oldest to First Award Taken Back ,Lauryn Hill in the press room at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 24, 1999.
Over the years, many best new artist winners have set records — both good & bad (we’ll get to Milli Vanilli).
The Grammys have given an award for best new artist in all but two years since the awards got underway in 1958. They didn’t have the category that first year, and they inexplicably dropped it in 1966 — which, ironically, was a good year for new artists. Two, the much-loved the Mamas and the Papas and one-hit-wonders New Vaudeville Band, landed record of the year noms that year.
Over the years, many best new artist winners have set records — both good and bad (we’ll get to Milli Vanilli). Here are 26 of the most notable.
Youngest solo artist to win: LeAnn Rimes (1996). She was just 14, four years younger than this year’s youngest nominee, Billie Eilish.Oldest solo artist to win: Sheryl Crow (1994). She was 33. Yola, one of this year’s long-shot nominees, is 36 and could potentially set a new record. Note: Ward Swingle, the leader of the Swingle Singers, was 36 when the group won the 1963 award.
Winner who died in the shortest amount of time after winning: Amy Winehouse (2007). The talented but troubled artist died less than 3-1/2 years after taking the award over such artists as Taylor Swift and Paramore.