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.