Grammy Preview: Best New Artists Losers Who Won
Losing the Grammy for Best New Artist isn’t the end of the world. Look no further than Mumford & Sons, who lost the new artist race two years ago to Esperanza Spalding. This year, they’re the front-runners to win for Album of the Year for their chart-topping sophomore album, Babel.
The British folk/rock band has plenty of company.
Here’s a complete list of the 23 artists who were nominated for Best New Artist, didn’t win, but have taken home Grammys for Album, Record or Song of the Year and/or have won honorary, career-capping awards from the Recording Academy. They’re listed in reverse chronological order.
Lady Antebellum. The country trio lost to Adele as Best New Artist of 2008, but won in two marquee categories two years later. “Need You Now,” a heartfelt ballad about late-night desires, won Record of the Year. The song, which the trio wrote with Josh Kear, also won Song of the Year.
Taylor Swift. The megastar lost to Amy Winehouse as Best New Artist of 2007, but won Album of the Year two years later with Fearless.
Corinne Bailey Rae. The singer lost to Carrie Underwood as Best New Artist of 2006, but was among the featured artists on Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters, which won Album of the Year the following year. She sang a jazzy version of “River,” a highlight of Mitchell’s 1971 album, Blue. (The Recording Academy gives Grammys to featured artists.)
Dixie Chicks. The country trio lost to Lauryn Hill as Best New Artist of 1998, but swept the big awards for 2006. Taking The Long Way won Album of the Year. “Not Ready To Make Nice,” in which the trio expressed their feelings about the backlash that followed Natalie Maines’ blunt criticism of President Bush, won Record of the Year. The ballad, which the trio wrote with Dan Wilson, also won Song of the Year.