Best New Artist GRAMMY Winners Then and Now + WIN Tickets to Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers at ACL Live!

By Becky Beggs

Since its inaugural ceremony held on May 4, 1959, the GRAMMY Awards have set the standard for excellence in the music industry and remain one of the most prestigious and highly coveted awards in the business. One of the most exciting awards of the season is Best New Artist, which is given to “a performing artist who releases, during the eligibility year, the recording that first establishes the public identity of that artist as a performer.”

Check out some of our favorite Best New Artist Grammy winners and see what they’ve been up to since they won!

Bruce Hornsby – 1987

Hornsby has taken home two other Grammys, in addition to 1987’s Best New Artist award. He worked as an unofficial member of the Grateful Dead during the ‘90s and you can catch him & the Noisemakers at ACL Live at The Moody Theater on Thursday, May 28! A limited number of tickets are still available at or scroll down to enter to win tickets!

The Beatles – 1965

The Beatles gained popularity and acclaim when they took home the Grammy for Best New Artist in 1965, but their musical careers were just beginning. The band went on to create several iconic hits, including “Help!,” “Yellow Submarine,” “Let It Be,” and “Here Comes the Sun” and in 2014, the surviving members of the band accepted the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bette Midler – 1974

Midler won two more Grammys after her Best New Artist win in 1974. In addition to her music career, Midler has become well known for her acting career on Broadway, television and in films. In 2014, she announced the release of her 25th album, “It’s the Girls!”

Mariah Carey – 1991

Since winning Best New Artist in 1991, Carey has released 12 hit albums and starred in several popular movies. Currently, Carey has taken up residency in Las Vegas at the Caesars Palace hotel, where she will perform regularly.

John Legend – 2016

Nearly a decade after his first Grammy win in 2006, Legend has certainly lived up to his name, with 44 award nominations and 24 total wins, including eight more Grammy Awards. Legend is an outspoken global philanthropist as well as a board member of Teach for America. His song “Glory” became the anthem for 2014 civil rights film Selma.

Esperanza Spalding – 2011

The first jazz artist to win Best New Artist, Spalding has since won three more Grammys. She regularly collaborates with other artists, including Janelle Monae, Bruno Mars and Stevie Wonder. Spalding is also known to take up residency in Austin from time to time!

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