10 Grammy Best New Artists Who Actually Became Legends

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Mariah Carey (1991)
Mariah Carey (1991)
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Before she was regally pulling her hair out of her face on 'American Idol,' Mariah was killing it with her hit single "Vision of Love" and bursting ear drums with her mind-blowing falsetto. And that wasn't even her biggest song. She went on to give us "Emotions," "Fantasy," and, of course, "All I Want for Christmas (Is You)." {Photo Credit: Frank Micelotta/Retna}
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Bette Midler (1974)
Bette Midler (1974)
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You may be able to recognize Bette as easily as you do your own Aunt Linda, but there was a time when she was on Frank Ocean's level. Believe it or not, there were once people who uttered the phrase "Bette who?" Luckily, Grammy got it right and she became a classic. {Photo Credit: Paul Slaughter/Retna}
3
The Beatles (1965)
The Beatles (1965)
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"Legend" might be a slightly inappropriate word to describe the lads from Liverpool, after all, they were "bigger than Jesus" at one point. Their music is inescapable and saying you love The Beatles is like saying "breathing is pretty swell, you guys." John, Paul, George, and Ringo aren't legends, they're practically the patron saints of pop and rock. {Photo Credit: ITV/Rex USA}
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Carly Simon (1972)
Carly Simon (1972)
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Who doesn't know the lyrics to "You're So Vain?" No one. But when Carly Simon won the Best New Artist award after taking the musical world by storm with her hit, no one knew it would carry her to eternal fame. {Photo Credit: Everett Collection}
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Cyndi Lauper (1985)
Cyndi Lauper (1985)
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"Girls Just Want to Have Fun." "Time After Time." "True Colors." You can't scratch the surface of the '80s music scene without talking about Cyndi Lauper. And she's one of the rare '80s artists whose songs haven't been relegated to the "Yuck, that's so '80s" corner of music history. {Photo Credit: Everett Collection}
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Natalie Cole (1976)
Natalie Cole (1976)
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Because being the daughter of Nat King Cole wasn't enough, Best New Artist winner Natalie Cole forged a path to her own fame. Giving us such classics as "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)," "Inseparable," "Our Love," and, of course, her classic loving cover of her father's "Unforgettable." It turns out, Natalie is pretty unforgettable, too. {Photo Credit: James Fortune/Rex USA}
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The Carpenters (1971)
The Carpenters (1971)
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Siblings Karen and Richard Carpenter were known for easy listening, and once they nabbed the Best New Artist title their songs have remained classically easy to sway along to. {Photo Credit: Everett Collection}
8
Marvin Hamlisch (1975)
Marvin Hamlisch (1975)
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Forget legend-status, Marvin Hamlisch is an EGOT winner. He's officially conquered every corner of entertainment. And to think it all started when he tugged at our heartstrings with the score for 'The Way We Were' and made us dance through 'The Sting.' {Photo Credit: Chris Capstick/Rex USA}
9
Sade (1986)
Sade (1986)
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If giving us "Smooth Operator" and "By Your Side" wasn't enough, Sade was even awarded the title of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Prince Charles. The British songstress has become one of the most well-known adult contemporary artists in history. And even if you don't know her name, you definitely know her music. {Photo Credit: Brendan Beirne/Rex USA}
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Tom Jones (1966)
Tom Jones (1966)
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It's not unusual to find yourself singing a little Tom Jones from time to time. Whether you know him as the inspiration for "The Carlton" from 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' or the swinging, singing sensation he started out as, you know him. This Best New Artist simply made his name go on, and on, and on. {Photo Credit: ITV/Rex USA}

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