Some call winning the Grammy Award for Best New Artist a "curse"—but those who do may want a refresher on some of the winners of the last two decades.

Carrie Underwood, Christina Aguilera, Maroon 5, Adele, Macklemore and Meghan Trainor are just a few of the superstar singers who have taken home the prestigious honor in the past 20 years.

Prior to that Crosby, Stills Nash and Young, Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Natalie Cole, Culture Club and Mariah Carey are just some of the famous names who have all nabbed the award and then gone on to have illustrious music careers. 

This year Alessia CaraKhalidLil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels and SZA have all been nominated for the Best New Artist Award. Who will take home the golden gramophone? 

Tune in to this Sunday's 2018 Grammys to find out. But before that, check out the last 20 winners of the Best New Artist Award!

LeAnn Rimes, 1997 Grammy Awards

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In addition to Best New Artist, the country gal won a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal for "Blue."

Paula Cole, 1998, Grammy Awards


The "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" singer was nominated for six Grammys in 1998, winning only the Best New Artist Award. She's since been nominated.

Lauryn Hill, 1999 Grammy Awards

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In 1999, the former Fugees singer took home a total of four Grammy Awards for her work on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

Christina Aguilera, 2000 Grammy Awards

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XTina's career has only gotten bigger since "Genie in a Bottle" singer took home the Best New Artist Grammy 18 years ago. She's been nominated a total of 17 times.

Shelby Lynne, 2001 Grammy Awards

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This Grammy win marked the country star's first and only Grammy win and nomination.

Alicia Keys, 2002 Grammy Awards

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The musical lady has been nominated 29 times in her career. She's taken home 15 of them.

Norah Jones, 2003 Grammy Awards

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Jones has been nominated for 12 Grammys, winning nine of them so far in her career.

 Evanescence, Amy Lee, 2003 Grammy Awards

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The same year, the band also won Best Hard Rock Performance for "Bring Me to Life."

Maroon 5, 2005 Grammy Awards

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The group of guys has nabbed 13 Grammy nominations and won three Grammys awards over the years.

John Legend, 2006 Grammy Awards

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Chrissy Teigen's main man won the award for Best New Artist on Feb. 8, 2006. He's won 10 Grammy awards over the years.

Carrie Underwood, 2007 Grammy Awards

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Carrie's been nominated 14 times and won a total of seven Grammys.

Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, 2008 Grammy Awards

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The throwback singer stole the show when she was awarded the Best New Artist Award for Back to Black. She put out two studio albums and one live album before her death in 2011.

Adele, Grammys, 2009

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The British singer has won a whopping 15 Grammys in her career. In addition to winning the Best New Artist Award in 2009, she also snagged the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Chasing Pavements" the same year.

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The band has been nominated for eight Grammys since 2010. This year the country group got a nom for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "My Old Man."  

Esperanza Spalding, 2011 Grammy Awards

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In a surprising move, the jazz singer beat out Justin Bieber and Drake for the Best New Artist Grammy. Since her win in 2011, she's put out three more albums Radio Music Society, Emily's D+Evolution and Exposure

Justin Vernon, Bon Iver, 2012 Grammy Awards

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Justin Vernon, the man behind Bon Iver, surprised many when he won the highly coveted award.

Fun., 2013 Grammy Awards

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In 2012, the band sold nearly a million copies of their sophomore album Some Nights. Their record-breaking single in "We Are Young" helped them get six Grammy nominations, which led them to two wins for Best New Artist and Song of the Year.

Ryan Lewis, Macklemore, First Grammys

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The musical duo received seven nominations at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, winning four categories, including Best New Artist, Best Rap Album (The Heist), Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance ("Thrift Shop").

Sam Smith, 2015, Grammy Awards, Winner

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The young English soul singer took home the Grammy for new artist at the 57th Grammy Awards. He also took him three more Grammys that year. His debut album, "In the Lonely Hour," was nominated for album of the year. "Stay With Me" earned Grammy wins for song and record of the year.

Meghan Trainor, 2016 Grammy Awards, Winners


Winning the award at age 22, Meghan said during her acceptance speech, "I have to thank L.A. Reid for looking at me as an artist instead of just a songwriter—and my mom and dad." In 2011, the "All About that Bass" singer was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, but lost out on both.

Chance the Rapper, 2017 Grammys, Winners

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His 2016 album Coloring Book took off with flying colors.

Tune in to the 60th Annual Grammy Awards will air live on both coasts this Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.

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