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Best New Artist Awards from 1991-95

February 2, 2010

Here’s a quick recap of the Best New Artist award winners from 1991 to 1995:

1991: Mariah Carey nabbed the award over The Black Crowes, The Kentucky Headhunters, Lisa Stansfield and Wilson Phillips.

We all know what happened to Mariah. Her career is a fair argument against the so-called curse for winners.  We like to see artists who win this at least continue to release music that people will buy. A lot of people. The Black Crowes enjoyed success as well but what about The Kentucky Headhunters?

1992: Marc Cohn won the award this year over Boyz II Men, C+C Music Factory, Color Me Badd, and Seal.

We’re sure a lot of people remember Cohn’s hit “Walking in Memphis,” but we would have voted for Seal back then. Cohn never matched the success of his debut but he continued to release albums, most recently in 2007.

Seal released his last studio album in 2008, and a greatest hits collection last year. Of course, Seal gets more attention these days because he’s married to model Heidi Klum.

1993: Arrested Development, Billy Ray Cyrus, Sophie B. Hawkins, Kris Kross, Jon Secada

Arrested Development scored a gold record with their follow-up to their multi-platinum selling “3 years, 5 months & 2 Days in the Life of…” debut but they haven’t matched the success since . Then again, how many artists do? At least they continue to make records. They released their ninth album, “Strong,” last year.

[If we  may digress: Although they didn’t sell enough music to register a pulse on the Grammy meter, we would have voted for The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy on the basis of their excellent debut, “Hypocrisy Is The Greatest Luxury.” The album was released in 1992. Thank goodness Michael Franti is still making music.]

1994: Toni Braxton snagged Best New Artist over Belly, Blind Melon, Digable Planets and SWV.

Once again, the winner in this category did not match the success of her debut. Of course, when you sell eight million records with your first album, that’s a high standard to break. Braxton kept busy and has been successful, not counting her legal issues. She is expected to release a new album this year.

1995: Sheryl Crow was the Grammy winner for Best New Artist over Ace of Base, Counting Crows, Crash Test Dummies and Green Day.

Crow was obviously a good choice back then as her career has demonstrated, but we wonder if Grammy voters might have underestimated Green Day. They’ve proven themselves to be among rock’s top acts and won a Grammy for Best Rock Album this year.

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