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There are many prestigious honors every year at the GRAMMY Awards, but Best New Artist carries a patina all its own. Of the myriad talents that spring up every year, to be deemed as leading the charge is a feather in the cap for any musician.
In the latest episode of GRAMMY Flashback, take a one-minute tour throughout GRAMMY history as a litany of musical heroes rise to their feet and accept the honor of Best New Artist.
Check out the clip above and tune into the 2021 GRAMMY Awards show this Sunday, March 14 to find out who the next Best New Artist will be!
The performance lineup for Music's Biggest Night just got bigger with the addition of current nominees Chance The Rapper and Sturgill Simpson. The 59th GRAMMY Awards has also added performances by current GRAMMY nominee William Bell and GRAMMY winner Gary Clark Jr., and two-time GRAMMY winners Little Big Town.
"It's important to The Recording Academy that the GRAMMY stage showcases artists across all disciplines and genres, and we take pride in our ability to elevate the best in music while, at the same time, introducing audiences to sounds and songs they'd previously not heard," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy." As fans' access to music has increased, so has their appetite for variety expanded. This year's lineup already reflects that — and we're still not done!"
Bell is nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance ("The Three Of Me") and Best Americana Album (This Is Where I Live).
Chance The Rapper is nominated for Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance ("No Problem"), Best Rap/Sung Performance ("Ultralight Beam") and Best Rap Album (Coloring Book). He's also nominated three times in the Best Rap Song category ("Ultralight Beam," "No Problem," and "Famous").
Simpson is nominated for Album Of The Year and Best Country Album (A Sailor's Guide To Earth).
Previously announced performers include Adele, Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Bruno Mars, Metallica, Maren Morris, Anderson .Paak, A Tribe Called Quest, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and The Weeknd.
Taking place at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Award-winning television personality and performer James Corden is set to host Music's Biggest Night for the first time.
The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, Ben Winston is a producer, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers.
Adele stopped her tribute to George Michael part way through for a do over, but would go on to top all winners with five awards, including Record Of The Year for "Hello" and Album Of The Year for 25.
David Bowie, who died just days before releasing his album Blackstar on Jan. 8, 2016, won four GRAMMYs, including Best Alternative Music Album. Greg Kurstin, Adele's producer and songwriting partner, also won four, including Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical.
Chance The Rapper earned three GRAMMYs, including Best New Artist. And Tom Elmhirst, an engineer/mixer on Adele's record, also won three.
In winning Album Of The Year, Adele became the second solo female act to win the category twice, following Taylor Swift's second win last year.
In addition to exciting solo turns by Adele ("Hello"), a visibly pregnant Beyoncé (an empowerment medley of "Love Drought" and "Sandcastles"), and Ed Sheeran ("Shape Of You"), the telecast provided a wide variety of performances and special moments.
With a flashback to the 1980s and Minneapolis' First Avenue Club, the Time and Bruno Mars paid a heartfelt and funky tribute to Prince, who died on April 21, 2016, with Mars performing a blistering "Let's Go Crazy."
Adele lovingly paid tribute to George Michael, who died on Christmas day last year, with a dramatic reading of "Fastlove." So loving, she emotionally stopped the song when she felt she had made a mistake. "I can't mess this up for him," she said before completing the touching performance. Adele suffered mic issues at last year's GRAMMYs, and once again proved you can turn errors into gold when your talent and intensions are unassailable.
Despite mic issues this year for James Hetfield, Metallica and Lady Gaga proved the notion of genres is illusory by coming together with abandon for the band's "Moth Into Flame." And Gaga triumphantly returned to the stage after shaming those who body-shamed her after her Super Bowl LI performance.
Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, Little Big Town, and Andra Day came together to honor the Bee Gees in anticipation of the upcoming special "Stayin' Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees," which will air on CBS in the spring. The performance was a reminder of the brother acts' longevity as well the stunning popularity they enjoyed in the late '70s in particular. The last surviving brother, Barry Gibb, looked on in approval.
A platinum blond Katy Perry broke a long hiatus with her first-ever live TV performance of her new single "Chained To The Rhythm."
Other unique moments included the Weeknd teaming with musical robots Daft Punk, Best New Artist nominee Kelsea Ballerini joining Record Of The Year nominee Lukas Graham, and Best New Artist nominee Maren Morris in a soulful pairing with Alicia Keys.
A deeper look at the evening's awards revealed a couple living-legend R&B artists and an equally revered metal act won their first-ever awards: Bobby Rush won Best Traditional Blues Album for Porcupine Meat (whether accurate or not, Rush claimed the album was his 374th, but his first GRAMMY), Stax Records great William Bell won Best Americana Album for This Is Where I Live, and Megadeth took Best Metal Performance for Dystopia, their 12th GRAMMY-nominated work.
There were a few political moments on the show, with host James Corden alluding to President Trump in his opening rap and A Tribe Called Quest and Anderson .Paak ending their performance with the chant "resist." But for the most part, the show tended toward empowerment, whether it was Beyoncé's ode to the power of motherhood, or, of course, the unstoppable power of music.
Music fans likely know something about the winning artists and recordings that were recognized at this year's 59th GRAMMY Awards. But with 84 categories, spanning the General Field to Music Video/Film, there's a lot of GRAMMY ground to cover. From first-time winners and historic sweeps to family feats and Star Wars joining elite soundtrack company, we've dissected the winners list to bring you 15 under-the-radar facts about select members of the class of 59th GRAMMY winners. May the facts be with you.
Adele made GRAMMY history by becoming the first artist to sweep Record and Song ("Hello") Of The Year and Album Of The Year (25) twice. She previously won the three awards for 2011: Record and Song Of The Year for "Rolling In The Deep" and Album Of The Year for (21). Additionally, Adele became the second female solo artist to win Album Of The Year twice, following Taylor Swift (Fearless, 1989). (Lauryn Hill, Norah Jones and Alison Krauss have each won Album Of The Year twice, but only once, in each case, for their own albums.)
Among his three GRAMMY wins, Chance The Rapper became the first male rap solo artist to win Best New Artist. The three prior rap acts to win are Arrested Development (1992), Lauryn Hill (1998) and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (2013). Chance The Rapper, 23, wasn't even born in 1989 when Tone-Loc became the first rap artist to receive a nomination in this category.
First-time GRAMMY winner Flume became the first Australian artist to win Best Dance/Electronic Album, which dates back to 2004. Skin, the Sydney native's winning album, features collaborations with fellow GRAMMY winner Beck, among others.
The late icon was recognized with four posthumous GRAMMYs: Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and Best Alternative Music Album for Blackstar and Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for the title track. Bowie's 59th GRAMMY wins mark the second-most posthumous win total for an artist. Following his death in 2004, Ray Charles earned five awards for Genius Loves Company at the 47th GRAMMYs.
Megadeth won their first career GRAMMY for Best Metal Performance for the title track to their 2016 studio album, Dystopia. The veteran metal band received 11 prior GRAMMY nominations. "Wow! Fantastic. It only took 12 tries to get this," quipped Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine during his acceptance speech.
The Knowles siblings became the first sisters in GRAMMY history to win separate categories within the R&B Field in the same year. Solange took home her first career GRAMMY for Best R&B Performance for "Cranes In The Sky" while Beyoncé's Lemonade won Best Urban Contemporary Album. Queen Bey, who now has 22 GRAMMY wins, inched her way up the list of the top GRAMMY winners of all time.
It was a night of firsts for Maren Morris. Not only did she make her GRAMMY performance debut with Alicia Keys, she won her first GRAMMY for Best Country Solo Performance, making her the first GRAMMY Camp alumnus to win a GRAMMY. "Eleven years ago, I went to the first-ever GRAMMY Camp," said Morris during her acceptance. "It was the first time I ever flew on a plane by myself to L.A. and it's crazy to be here a decade later." Applications are now open for 2017 GRAMMY Camp, a nonresidential music industry camp for high school students.
The vocal quintet earned their third career GRAMMY for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "Jolene" with country legend Dolly Parton, who is now an eight-time GRAMMY winner. This marks Pentatonix's first GRAMMY win outside of the Composing/Arranging Field. Their two prior wins were for the Best Arrangement, Instrumental Or A Cappella category. Parton's original recording of "Jolene" was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2014.
Watch: Pentatonix Perform The Jackson 5's "ABC" At The 59th GRAMMYs
Kirk Franklin is the first artist to win twice in the Best Gospel Album category, which dates to 2011. He won this year for Losing My Religion; he earned the 2011 award for Hello Fear.
Hillary Scott, who has won seven GRAMMYs as a member of Lady Antebellum, won two awards for her family project, Hillary Scott & The Scott Family. Scott is the first Lady A member to earn a GRAMMY outside of the group. Love Remains captured Best Contemporary Christian Music Album while "Thy Will," a track from the album, took Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song honors.
Vince Gill's "Kid Sister," a song written for his Time Jumpers ensemble, won in the American Roots Music Field for Best American Roots Song. Now with 21 GRAMMYs to his credit, this year's win marks Gill's first outside of the Country Field. Gill is among the top GRAMMY winners of all time.
A blues legend and a television luminary each won their first career GRAMMY at age 83. Bobby Rush (born Nov. 10, 1933) won for Best Traditional Blues Album for Porcupine Meat. The third nomination was the charm for Carol Burnett (born April 26, 1933), who won for Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling) for In Such Good Company: Eleven Years Of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In The Sandbox.
The reggae singer/songwriter won his seventh award in the Best Reggae Album category for his album Ziggy Marley, and eighth career GRAMMY overall. He ties his brother Stephen for the most wins by a Marley family member.
Watch: Ziggy Marley Performs "Amen" At The GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony
John Williams, also one of the top winners in GRAMMY history, won his 23rd career GRAMMY for Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Williams has now won three GRAMMYs for his work on Star Wars films. Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back won awards for 1977 and 1980, respectively. The Star Wars franchise is now tied with The Lord Of The Rings franchise for spawning the most winning soundtracks (three) in this category, which dates back to 1959.
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years took home Best Music Film honors, giving Oscar-winning director Ron Howard his first GRAMMY win. It is the third Beatles-related film to win in this category (or its predecessor category, Best Music Video, Long Form). The Beatles Anthology won for 1996; The Beatles Love—All Together Now won for 2009.
Aside from the individuals referenced above, the 59th GRAMMY Awards minted many other first-time GRAMMY winners, including William Bell, Cage The Elephant, the Chainsmokers, Daya, Sarah Jarosz, Joey+Rory, Jesse & Joy, O'Connor Band With Mark O'Connor, Patton Oswalt, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Sturgill Simpson, and Twenty One Pilots.