Every year, we're forced to partake in the madness that is awards season. For the music industry, it doesn't get bigger than Grammy Awards. No matter the category, securing a win is a huge victory that usually sets artists on the road to success. The one category that really separates itself from the mainstream competition is Best New Artist; receiving this award is a huge honor given that it's the Recording Academy's way of nodding to up-and-coming artists. This year's nominees are Chance The Rapper, Anderson .Paak, The Chainsmokers, Kelsea Ballerini, and Maren Morris.
Leading up to the 59th ceremony tonight, I started wondering about all of the previous winners in the category. What have all of these artists been up to since they struck gold? Did they continue to pave careers of success or were they one-hit wonders? I decided to dig deep into the archives and compile a ranking of winners from the past 21 years.
Get the scoop in the gallery, below.
21. Hootie & The Blowfish
Do you remember this South Carolina-based country band? I don't, but then again I was only two years old when they somehow beat Brandy, Shania Twain, Alanis Morissette, and Joan Osborne for Best New Artist in 1996. I don't think that I've ever heard their music before in my entire life, but they seem to have been a big deal. They've been on hiatus since 2008, and I think they should probably stick to it.