Some artists have been in the collective consciousness so long that we forget the first time we became aware of them. Here is a list of five iconic performers that many of us first saw catapulted into our world after an amazing night at the GRAMMYs.
- Bonnie Raitt - 32nd GRAMMY Awards, 1990 Telecast. Won all 4 GRAMMYs that she was nominated for including Album Of The Year for Nick Of Time. It was her first time winning after 3 previous nominations over the years. She was 40 years old at the time.
- Ricky Martin - 41st GRAMMY Awards, 1999 Telecast. Won Best Latin Pop Performance for Vuelve, performing an instantly legendary version of “La Copa De La Vida” that made him an overnight international star.
- Christina Aguilera - 42nd GRAMMY Awards, 2000 Telecast. Won Best New Artist despite having only released one single and not considered a front runner for the award. Beat out Macy Gray, Kid Rock, Britney Spears and Susan Tedeschi.
- Norah Jones - 45th GRAMMY Awards, 2003 Telecast. Won 5 GRAMMYs including Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year and Best New Artist. Her album Come Away With Me was eventually certified diamond and remains Blue Note Records biggest-selling release.
- Miguel - 55th GRAMMY Awards, 2013 Telecast. Nominated for 5 GRAMMYs, Miguel won Best R&B Song for “Adorn.” His electric performance on the telecast caused Kelly Clarkson to give him a shout-out during her acceptance speech later in the evening.