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Grammy's Best New Artist Award = Kiss Of Death

Feb. 14, 2005

At last night's Grammy awards, Maroon 5 wins Best New Artist!

But don't rush out and buy stock in Maroon 5's record company just yet. Let's remember some of the past Best New Artist Grammy winners. They include:

Paula Cole beating out Puff Daddy 1998

Milli Vanilli 1990 (revoked)

Christopher Cross won in 1981. Also nominated that year- The Pretenders.

Debbie Boone 1978

Starland Vocal Band 1977 (Remember their big hit, "Afternoon Delight"?

And of course in what could be the most embarrassing moment in Grammy history...

A Taste Of Honey won over Elvis Costello in 1979!

To be fair, The Grammy's did also give this award to:

Bobby Darin 1959

The Beatles 1965

Crosby, Stills & Nash 1970

Sade 1986

Sheryl Crow 1995

Nora Jones 2003

Still, their record of consistently choosing truly significant New Artists is spotty to say the least. That's at least partially because The Grammy's sets themselves up for failure.

By regularly nominating artists like Hanson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Corey Hart and Glass Tiger for this award, they increase the possibility of making what turns out to be a bad decision.

In the meantime, artists that never even got nominated include U2, REM, Sting, The Goo Goo Dolls, Madonna, Moby, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eminem, Outkast, Usher and the list goes on.

So, will Maroon 5 go on to gain legendary rock stardom or quickly fade from view to become another forgotten piece of music history trivia?

If the past is any indication, don't bet on the former.

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