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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    #412345

    Hindsight is 20/20 of course, so you can’t always tell who will or won’t have the biggest career based on that first year they hit it big. It’s kinda odd looking back, for instance, that the biggest star on the planet, Taylor Swift, didn’t win Best New Artist at the Grammys — though you certainly can’t fault them for picking Amy Winehouse that year. And looking back farther, Hootie and the Blowfish turning out to be one-album wonders after beating Alanis Morissette and Shania Twain.

    Are there any big stars who in hindsight it’s kinda surprising they didn’t win Best New Artist (or weren’t even nominated)?

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    Anonymous
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    Kanye West, Lorde, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Madonna, Gaga

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    Wixson
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    Lady Gaga, but then again, she was completely locked out of that category.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    That Lorde snub was pretty weird. Why would they nominate her for Record and Song of the Year and Pop Album, but then decide she wasn’t one of the best new artists of the year?

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    circa 1993
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    Back in 1997, Spice Girls were the biggest pop act in the world. The fact that they weren’t at least nominated for BNA showed that the music industry had a bias against manufactured groups.

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    KyleBailey
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    Elton John, The Four Seasons, Katy Perry, One Direction, Florence and the Machine, Mumford and Sons, Nicki Minaj, Neon Trees, Ed Sheeran, Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Britney Spears, No Doubt, Green Day, 

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    Kadu335
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    Back in 1997, Spice Girls were the biggest pop act in the world. The fact that they weren’t at least nominated for BNA showed that the music industry had a bias against manufactured groups.

    Which I think is a very unfair assessment by most people. Even though their early beginning could’ve looked “manufactured”, after they left their 1st manager who put then together, they were pretty much in control over their careers and were responsible for their own material. Of course, Simon Fuller helped them a lot getting a deal and then breakthrough, but he was never the boss (so much that he got fired not that long after then getting big). Actually, the fact that they were in control is what made their career together end so quickly in my opinion. When they decided to manage themselves, it was clear it would cause friction within the group, and it did.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Me.

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    Echo469
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    In 1988, Vanessa Williams would have won any other year, but was pitted against the deserving (for that year) Tracey Chapman. Williams’ recordings deserve to be recognized eventually.

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    Richard Aniston
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    Eninem not even being nominated for BNA is a pretty big oversight by the academy. As well as Lorde.

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    Daniel B.
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    Nominated, but didn’t win:

    • The Four Seasons (lost to Robert Goulet)
    • Jefferson Airplane (lost to Bobbie Gentry)
    • Cream (lost to José Feliciano)
    • Led Zeppelin (lost to Crosby, Stills & Nash, but to be fair, CSN is one of the best BNA winners)
    • Elton John (lost to the Carpenters)
    • Bill Withers (lost to Carly Simon)
    • Eagles (lost to America, even though I do love America)
    • Bad Company (lost to Marvin Hamlisch)
    • Boston (lost to Starland Vocal Band)
    • Foreigner (lost to Debby Boone)
    • Elvis Costello (lost to A Taste of Honey)
    • The Cars (also lost to A Taste of Honey)
    • Dire Straits (lost to Rickie Lee Jones)
    • The Pretenders (lost to Christopher Cross)
    • Luther Vandross (lost to Sheena Easton)
    • Eurythmics (lost to Culture Club)
    • Green Day (lost to Sheryl Crow)
    • Alanis Morissette (lost to Hootie & The Blowfish, but won AOTY)
    • Garbage (lost to LeAnn Rimes)
    • Fiona Apple (lost to Paula Cole)
    • while I’m not the biggest fan, 50 Cent (lost to Evanescence)
    • Kanye West (lost to Maroon 5…shudder)
    • MGMT (lost to Zac Brown Band)
    • either Drake, Mumford & Sons or Florence + The Machine (lost to Esperanza Spalding)
    • Frank Ocean (lost to fun.)
    • Kendrick Lamar or James Blake (lost to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis)


    Not even nominated:

    • ABBA
    • AC/DC
    • Arcade Fire
    • The Beach Boys
    • Beastie Boys
    • Beck
    • Bee Gees
    • Blondie
    • Blur
    • David Bowie
    • James Brown (ineligible?)
    • CCR
    • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
    • The Clash
    • Coldplay
    • The Cure
    • Daft Punk
    • The Doors
    • Bob Dylan
    • ELO
    • Eminem
    • Fleetwood Mac
    • Foo Fighters
    • Aretha Franklin (ineligible?)
    • Franz Ferdinand
    • Lady Gaga
    • Marvin Gaye
    • Gnarls Barkley
    • Guns N’ Roses
    • Jimi Hendrix
    • The Jackson 5
    • Jay-Z
    • The Killers
    • The Kinks
    • Lynyrd Skynyrd
    • Madonna
    • Bob Marley & The Wailers
    • Metallica
    • Van Morrison
    • Nirvana
    • Sinead O’Connor
    • Oasis
    • OutKast
    • Pearl Jam
    • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    • Pink Floyd
    • Pixies
    • Prince
    • Public Enemy
    • Queen
    • R.E.M.
    • Radiohead
    • The Rolling Stones
    • Sex Pistols
    • Simon & Garfunkel
    • Smashing Pumpkins
    • The Smiths
    • Bruce Springsteen
    • Steely Dan
    • Cat Stevens
    • Sufjan Stevens
    • Talking Heads
    • U2
    • Vampire Weekend
    • The Velvet Underground
    • Tom Waits
    • The White Stripes
    • The Who
    • Lucinda Williams
    • Stevie Wonder
    • Neil Young
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    Emmyfan
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    Whitney Houston should have been nominated and should have won for Best New Artist.

    I am surprised that Paula Abdul wasn’t nominated as well.

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    circa 1993
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    Whitney Houston’s lack of a BNA GRAMMY is the biggest snub in the category’s history. She defines a GRAMMY winning artist so it’s baffling to think she didn’t receive a nomination for a stellar breakout year. 

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    Final2
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    BNA is probably the most useless award. I don’t understand why it’s even relevant because the losers (nominated and not nominated) are more than likely more successful than the winners. Not to mention the ridiculous rules to even be eligible.

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    PoweR
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    While it’s a travesty Whitney Houston was deemed ineligible for BNA due to some stupid technicality, at least it made room for an almost equally deserving winner – Sade.

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