Grammy Award for Best New Artist

The Grammy Award for Best New Artist has been awarded since 1959.[1] Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were handed out, for records released in the previous year. The award was not presented in 1967. The official guidelines are as follows: "For a new artist who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist."

Grammy Award for Best New Artist
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1959
Currently held byMegan Thee Stallion (2021)
Websitegrammy.com

Note that this is not necessarily the first album released by an artist. It is sometimes asserted, with varying degrees of sincerity, that winning the award is a curse, as several award winners (particularly from the late 1970s and early 1980s) were never able to duplicate the success they experienced in their debut year.[2][3] This viewpoint was expressed by former Starland Vocal Band member Taffy Danoff in a 2002 interview for VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders: "We got two of the five Grammys – one was Best New Artist. So that was basically the kiss of death and I feel sorry for everyone who's gotten it since."[4]

The category is also notable for being the only category in which a Grammy Award was revoked and then vacated. This occurred in 1990 after it was revealed that winners Milli Vanilli did not contribute their own vocals on their debut album, Girl You Know It's True.[5] The award was revoked but wasn't handed out to another artist.