Kanye West, Adele, Maroon 5, Chris Brown. These artists read like a who’s-who list of some of the most powerful people in music today, but can you imagine (or better yet, remember) that they were once relatively unknown? Yep, like all of us, these superstars had to start somewhere and they all have one thing in common: they were all once nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy.
Our friends at 92.3 NOW saved us all a seat in their time machine and took us back to years before in their “GRAMMY’s Best New Artists — Where Are They NOW?” feature and boy was it a trip. We saw so many artists that we recognized as successful today, and by the same token, many artists who have since just…fizzled out. Here are a few of the biggest surprises:
Christina Aguilera – 2000 Winner
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This was just after she sang the theme song for the Disney movie Mulan and right at the height of the success of ‘Genie In A Bottle’. She’s still known as one of the greatest voices of her generation, has had a very long career, and continues to stay relevant and current as a judge on The Voice. Well done, Grammys!
Kanye West – 2005 Nominee
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Yep, you read that right, Kanye West was only a nominee! Dude didn’t even win! To be fair, Maroon 5 won in 2005 and they went on to be a huge band, but we’re still dumbfounded! This just goes to show that Grammy voters aren’t psychic, and that losing this award isn’t a career hindrance if you have enough drive and talent. Besides, Kanye has enough Grammys these days.
Adele – 2009 Winner
Way back in 2009 (okay, not that long ago) with a little help from a song called Chasing Pavements on a little album called 19, Adele won the award for Best New Artist. The Grammys get major music cred for this pick because as we all know, Adele went on to be the most successful woman in music this past year. It may have taken her making another album and releasing another single, but that doesn’t mean her talent is deniable. Yeah, we love her so we’re biased.
To see the rest of the past winners and nominees and to take a fun trip down memory lane, check out 92.9′s post. And don’t forget to tune in to the Grammys this Sunday at 8/7c on CBS!