Is there a curse for artists who win the Best New Artist category at the Grammys? Some may say there is logic to the thought, especially knowing A Taste Of Honey beat out the likes of The Cars and Elvis Costello for the honor in 1979. I'm not one to agree, but I can definitely see the argument in regard to "Boogie Oogie Oogie."
Is there a curse for artists who win the Best New Artist category at the Grammys?
Some may say there is logic to the thought, especially knowing A Taste Of Honey beat out the likes of The Cars and Elvis Costello for the honor in 1979. I'm not one to agree, but I can definitely see the argument in regard to "Boogie Oogie Oogie."
I love the Grammys. They are my Super Bowl of music award shows. I've watched them religiously ever since I was a little kid, buying 45s.
I've often heard winning Best New Artist is a curse, and wondered why. Yes, there have been some odd choices through the years. But to call it a curse seems ridiculous. The only year I can remember being totally shocked was 1992, when Marc Cohn won over Boyz II Men and Seal. The award should have gone to Boyz II Men, hands down.
To get a better idea of why I don't believe in the curse, let's review some of the winners since the category originated in 1959. I think you'll agree with me once you're reminded of who has won this honor.
The Beatles (1965), Crosby, Stills, & Nash (1970), Bette Midler (1974), Natalie Cole (1976), Cyndi Lauper (1985), Sade (1986) and Tracy Chapman (1989) all were Best New Artist Grammy winners, and they all enjoyed major success.
The focus changed, however, after 1990, when Milli Vanilli was stripped of their Best New Artist Grammy for lip-synching. The scandal rocked the Grammy foundation, putting a little more focus on the category and the nominees.
Most winners of the category since then have been viable artists, except for maybe Cohn (1992) and Paula Cole (1998) - both drifted out of the spotlight shortly after winning.
Mariah Carey (1991), Toni Braxton (1994), Sheryl Crow (1995), Hootie & The Blowfish (1996) and LeAnn Rimes (1997) have all sustained great success after winning, and Darius Rucker continued to thrive after he went solo.
Since 2000, it's all good, too. Christina Aguilera (2000), Alicia Keys (2002), Norah Jones (2003), Maroon 5 (2005), Carrie Underwood (2007), Adele (2009) and Fun (2013) were excellent choices for Best New Artist.
This year's nominees will all likely find similar success (or scrutiny depending on how you look at it). Nominees include James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves and Ed Sheeran.
If you ask me, it comes down to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Ed Sheeran. Both show the most promise, but my gut instinct is that when they open the envelope and say, "And the Grammy goes to ..." it will be Macklemore & Ryan Lewis who win.
Tune into the Grammys at 8 p.m. Sunday night on CBS. It should be a good time.
David T. Farr is a Sturgis, Mich., Journal correspondent. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find The Farr Side on Facebook.