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Worst ever Grammy decisions

Best New Artist, 2011



Esperanza Spalding, Justin Bieber, Mumford & Sons, Florence + The Machine (© Wireimage)
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Winner: Esperanza Spalding

'Esperanza who?' was most people's reaction when a relatively unknown jazz bassist by the name of Esperanza Spalding beat bankable stars such as Mumford & Sons, Florence & The Machine and Drake to the Best New Artist prize in 2011.

The most impassioned reaction, however, came from fans of ubiquitous teen popster Justin Bieber. In the eyes of his army of Beliebers, Justin's nomination made him a shoo-in for the prize, and Bieber devotees took to the web in their droves to air their disapproval at the Academy's decision. In the hours after the ceremony, poor Esperanza's Wikipedia page with choice phrases as "Justin Bieber deserved it go die in a hole. Who the heck are you anyway?" and "Biber 4 Lyfe".

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Before losing Best Rock & Roll Recording to New Vaudeville Band in 1967, they had already missed out on Record of The Year in 1965 when I Want To Hold Your Hand was controversially beaten by Stan Getz & João Gilberto's bossa nova hit The Girl From Ipanema.One of the Fab Four's most sensational losses, however, was when Abbey Road was pipped to Album of The Year in 1970 by the self-titled debut of little-lamented jazz rock combo Blood, Sweat & Tears - a record which pales into insignificance when compared to Lennon and McCartney's penultimate masterpiece.topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles(©Rex Features)Best Dance Recording, 2001Winner: The Baha Men - Who Let The Dogs Out?True to form, the Grammys only recognised dance music with its own category in 1998, several years after it had made its mainstream breakthrough. Since then, the list of nominees has been regularly littered with wildly inappropriate songs. Despite the likes of Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim frequently getting nods, there have been plenty of inclusions which would be better described as R'n'B, upbeat pop or, worse still, novelty songs.The most notable triumph for that latter genre came in 2001 when annoying kids' party staple Who Let The Dogs Out? by one-hit wonders TheBaha Men took the award. The normally mild-mannered Moby, who was also nominated that year, must have been furious.topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Baha Men, Moby(©WireImage)Best New Artist, 1979Winner: A Taste of HoneyHindsight is a wonderful thing, particularly when it allows you to look back on the impressive amount of Best New Artist Grammy winners who have gone on to achieve precisely nothing after winning the award, despite many of the losing nominees going on to greatness.One such occurence came in 1979, when forgotten disco band A Taste Of Honey took the prize at the expense of British singer-songwriter extraordinaire Elvis Costello.topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)A Taste Of Honey, Elvis Costello(©WireImage)Best New Artist, 1990Winner: Milli VanilliMuch-maligned German pop duo Milli Vanilli were given the Best New Artist prize in 1990, a decision which initially caused a storm because most music fans had long since realised the band were actually pretty awful.However, the real controversy came a few days after the ceremony, when the Academy were forced to strip Milli Vanilli of their award when it emerged that neither member had sung a single note on the recording of their album. No new winner was announced in their place, with Soul II Soul being the most notable of the remaining nominees who missed out as a result.topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul(©Rex Features/Wireimage)Album of the Year, 2005Winner: Ray Charles - Genius Loves CompanyIn recent years the Album of the Year Grammy has seemed almost like a lifetime achievement prize. The Academy has increasingly tended to reward mediocre late-career albums by ageing artists long past their peak, presumably to atone for the fact that they hadn't received awards when they were still churning out the good stuff.A prime example of this came in 2005. Ray Charles, an undoubted legend, was given the award posthumously in 2005 for his duets album, which was made while he was, and sounded like, a very old man. Genius Loves Company was by no means bad, but giving it Album Of The Year ahead of Kanye West's critically acclaimed and commercially successful debut The College Dropout smacked of over-sentimentality.topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2Ray Charles, Kanye West(©WireImage)Ray Charles, Kanye West(©WireImage)Ray Charles, Kanye West(©WireImage)Ray Charles, Kanye West(©WireImage)Ray Charles, Kanye West(©WireImage)Ray Charles, Kanye West(©WireImage)Ray Charles, Kanye West(©WireImage)Ray Charles, Kanye West(©WireImage)Ray Charles, Kanye West(©WireImage)Album of the Year, 2008Winner: Herbie Hancock - River: The Joni LettersPoor old Kanye West lost out on the Album of the Year prize in similar circumstances again in 2008. Along with Amy Winehouse's mega hit Back To Black, his Graduation album had been hot favourite to take the prize until the Academy took it upon themselves to give it to River: The Joni Letters - a Joni Mitchell tribute album by veteran jazz star Herbie Hancock.The win was particularly surprising considering that, prior to its nomination, no-one, including Herbie's own fans, had given the album much attention at all. Considering Kanye's behaviour at awards ceremonies since, it's a wonder the man didn't storm the stage in anger.topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2Herbie Hancock, Kanye West, Amy Winehouse(©WireImage)Herbie Hancock, Kanye West, Amy Winehouse(©WireImage)Herbie Hancock, Kanye West, Amy Winehouse(©WireImage)Herbie Hancock, Kanye West, Amy Winehouse(©WireImage)Herbie Hancock, Kanye West, Amy Winehouse(©WireImage)Herbie Hancock, Kanye West, Amy Winehouse(©WireImage)Herbie Hancock, Kanye West, Amy Winehouse(©WireImage)Herbie Hancock, Kanye West, Amy Winehouse(©WireImage)Herbie Hancock, Kanye West, Amy Winehouse(©WireImage)Album of the Year, 1981Winner: Christopher Cross - Christopher CrossFrank Sinatra, Pink Floyd, Barbra Streisand, Billy Joel. The list reads like a who's who of some of the biggest and most successful names in music. In 1981, all four artists were nominated in a particularly stellar Album of the Year field. Surely, it would have to take someone pretty special to gatecrash this party of musical icons.The eventual winner? The self titled debut by Christopher Cross - an album so unremarkable that even his biggest fans can't have been surprised by its creator's eventual decline back into obscurity.topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2Christopher Cross, Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd, Barbra Streisand(©WireImage/Rex Features)Christopher Cross, Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd, Barbra Streisand(©WireImage/Rex Features)Christopher Cross, Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd, Barbra Streisand(©WireImage/Rex Features)Christopher Cross, Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd, Barbra Streisand(©WireImage/Rex Features)Christopher Cross, Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd, Barbra Streisand(©WireImage/Rex Features)Christopher Cross, Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd, Barbra Streisand(©WireImage/Rex Features)Christopher Cross, Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd, Barbra Streisand(©WireImage/Rex Features)Christopher Cross, Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd, Barbra Streisand(©WireImage/Rex Features)Christopher Cross, Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd, Barbra Streisand(©WireImage/Rex Features)Christopher Cross, Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd, Barbra Streisand(©WireImage/Rex Features)Christopher Cross, Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd, Barbra Streisand(©WireImage/Rex Features)Christopher Cross, Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd, Barbra Streisand(©WireImage/Rex Features)Christopher Cross, Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd, Barbra Streisand(©WireImage/Rex Features)Christopher Cross, Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd, Barbra Streisand(©WireImage/Rex Features)Christopher Cross, Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd, Barbra Streisand(©WireImage/Rex Features)Album of the Year, 1985Winner: Lionel Richie - Can't Slow DownTo millions around the world, Lionel Richie is an immensely talented singer-songwriter whose heartfelt love songs have earned a special place in their hearts. To millions more, however, he is the epitome of bland, boring 1980s balladry and his songs are about as interesting as a damp rag.To this latter group, it will come as a huge shock to learn that Richie's Can't Slow Down beat two of the '80s best, biggest-selling and most iconic records - Prince's Purple Rain and Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA - to the Album of the Year prize in 1985.topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2Lionel Richie, Prince, Bruce Springsteen(©Wireimage/Rex)Lionel Richie, Prince, Bruce Springsteen(©Wireimage/Rex)Lionel Richie, Prince, Bruce Springsteen(©Wireimage/Rex)Lionel Richie, Prince, Bruce Springsteen(©Wireimage/Rex)Lionel Richie, Prince, Bruce Springsteen(©Wireimage/Rex)Lionel Richie, Prince, Bruce Springsteen(©Wireimage/Rex)Lionel Richie, Prince, Bruce Springsteen(©Wireimage/Rex)Lionel Richie, Prince, Bruce Springsteen(©Wireimage/Rex)Lionel Richie, Prince, Bruce Springsteen(©Wireimage/Rex)Lionel Richie, Prince, Bruce Springsteen(©Wireimage/Rex)Lionel Richie, Prince, Bruce Springsteen(©Wireimage/Rex)Lionel Richie, Prince, Bruce Springsteen(©Wireimage/Rex)Lionel Richie, Prince, Bruce Springsteen(©Wireimage/Rex)Lionel Richie, Prince, Bruce Springsteen(©Wireimage/Rex)Lionel Richie, Prince, Bruce Springsteen(©Wireimage/Rex)Best Rock Song, 1993Winner: Eric Clapton - Layla (acoustic version)The early 1990s saw a revolution in rock music. The old rock aristocracy had been shaken up and spandex-clad hair metal had been all but obliterated thanks to the work of one band - grunge pioneers Nirvana. When Kurt Cobain and gang's signature tune Smells Like Teen Spirit was nominated for Best Rock Song in 1993 it should have been a certainty to win.Sadly not. The prize went to talented guitarist but undoubted sixties-and-seventies relic Eric Clapton for a slowed-down, acoustic version of his 1970 Derek & The Dominoes hit Layla. So, to add to the dissappointment of the Academy once again failing to grasp popular sentiment, they gave the Best Rock Song Award award to a recording which was not only far too languid to really be considered 'rock', but one that was written 22 years previously. A truly spectacular Grammy error.topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2Eric Clapton, Nirvana(©WireImage)Eric Clapton, Nirvana(©WireImage)Eric Clapton, Nirvana(©WireImage)Eric Clapton, Nirvana(©WireImage)Eric Clapton, Nirvana(©WireImage)Eric Clapton, Nirvana(©WireImage)Eric Clapton, Nirvana(©WireImage)Eric Clapton, Nirvana(©WireImage)Eric Clapton, Nirvana(©WireImage)Eric Clapton, Nirvana(©WireImage)Eric Clapton, Nirvana(©WireImage)Eric Clapton, Nirvana(©WireImage)Eric Clapton, Nirvana(©WireImage)Eric Clapton, Nirvana(©WireImage)Eric Clapton, Nirvana(©WireImage)Best New Artist, 1992Winner: Marc CohnThe Best New Artist category continued to throw up brilliantly unsuccessful winners well into the 1990s. Crooner Marc Cohn may have had a huge hit with Walking In Memphis, but other than that he's not done a huge amount since. His award came at the expense of R'n'B superstars Boyz II Men among others.topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2Marc Cohn, Boyz II Men(©Wireimage)Marc Cohn, Boyz II Men(©Wireimage)Marc Cohn, Boyz II Men(©Wireimage)Marc Cohn, Boyz II Men(©Wireimage)Marc Cohn, Boyz II Men(©Wireimage)Marc Cohn, Boyz II Men(©Wireimage)Marc Cohn, Boyz II Men(©Wireimage)Marc Cohn, Boyz II Men(©Wireimage)Marc Cohn, Boyz II Men(©Wireimage)Marc Cohn, Boyz II Men(©Wireimage)Marc Cohn, Boyz II Men(©Wireimage)Marc Cohn, Boyz II Men(©Wireimage)Marc Cohn, Boyz II Men(©Wireimage)Marc Cohn, Boyz II Men(©Wireimage)Marc Cohn, Boyz II Men(©Wireimage)Best New Artist, 1998Winner: Paula ColeWho remembers Paula Cole? We're struggling to recall her, that's for sure. However, chances are that rap impresario P. Diddy does, after the piano balladeer surprisingly beat the man then known as Puff Daddy to the Best New Artist Grammy in 1998.topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2Paula Cole, Puff Daddy(©WireImage)Paula Cole, Puff Daddy(©WireImage)Paula Cole, Puff Daddy(©WireImage)Paula Cole, Puff Daddy(©WireImage)Paula Cole, Puff Daddy(©WireImage)Paula Cole, Puff Daddy(©WireImage)Paula Cole, Puff Daddy(©WireImage)Paula Cole, Puff Daddy(©WireImage)Paula Cole, Puff Daddy(©WireImage)Best New Artist, 1970Winner: Crosby, Stills & NashAll-conquering rock titans Led Zeppelin are among the most notorious Grammy underachievers of all time. Despite being one of the biggest and most influential bands ever, their only Grammy came in 2005 - a Lifetime Achievement award given 25 years after the group disbanded.Their first big loss came in 1970, when they were overlooked for the Best New Artist prize. Eventual winners Crosby, Stills & Nash are credible and successful artists in their own right, but can anyone really claim they're more deserving of a Grammy than Zeppelin?topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2Crosby, Stills & Nash, Led Zeppelin(©WireImage/Rex)Crosby, Stills & Nash, Led Zeppelin(©WireImage/Rex)Crosby, Stills & Nash, Led Zeppelin(©WireImage/Rex)Crosby, Stills & Nash, Led Zeppelin(©WireImage/Rex)Crosby, Stills & Nash, Led Zeppelin(©WireImage/Rex)Crosby, Stills & Nash, Led Zeppelin(©WireImage/Rex)Crosby, Stills & Nash, Led Zeppelin(©WireImage/Rex)Crosby, Stills & Nash, Led Zeppelin(©WireImage/Rex)Crosby, Stills & Nash, Led Zeppelin(©WireImage/Rex)Crosby, Stills & Nash, Led Zeppelin(©WireImage/Rex)Crosby, Stills & Nash, Led Zeppelin(©WireImage/Rex)Crosby, Stills & Nash, Led Zeppelin(©WireImage/Rex)Crosby, Stills & Nash, Led Zeppelin(©WireImage/Rex)Crosby, Stills & Nash, Led Zeppelin(©WireImage/Rex)Crosby, Stills & Nash, Led Zeppelin(©WireImage/Rex)Best New Artist, 1973Winner: AmericaThe Eagles are another giant band who lost out on the Best New Artist award to a group who went on to have significantly less success. While Don Henley, Joe Walsh and band went on to sell out stadiums worldwide, eventual winners America are remembered for little more than their hit A Horse With No Name.topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2America, The Eagles(©Wireimage)America, The Eagles(©Wireimage)America, The Eagles(©Wireimage)America, The Eagles(©Wireimage)America, The Eagles(©Wireimage)America, The Eagles(©Wireimage)America, The Eagles(©Wireimage)America, The Eagles(©Wireimage)America, The Eagles(©Wireimage)America, The Eagles(©Wireimage)America, The Eagles(©Wireimage)America, The Eagles(©Wireimage)America, The Eagles(©Wireimage)America, The Eagles(©Wireimage)America, The Eagles(©Wireimage)Album of the Year, 1997Winner: Celine Dion - Falling into YouShe may be one of the biggest-selling female artists of all time, but the mere mention of Celine Dion is enough to make legions of music fans recoil in horror.Despite her name being synonymous with wet, dull balladry, she was still able to win the Album of The Year Grammy ahead of three far more credible and infinitely cooler records: Odelay by Beck, The Smashing Pumpkins' Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and The Score by TheFugees.topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2Celine Dion, Beck, The Fugees, Smashing Pumpkins(©Wireimage)Celine Dion, Beck, The Fugees, Smashing Pumpkins(©Wireimage)Celine Dion, Beck, The Fugees, Smashing Pumpkins(©Wireimage)Celine Dion, Beck, The Fugees, Smashing Pumpkins(©Wireimage)Celine Dion, Beck, The Fugees, Smashing Pumpkins(©Wireimage)Celine Dion, Beck, The Fugees, Smashing Pumpkins(©Wireimage)Celine Dion, Beck, The Fugees, Smashing Pumpkins(©Wireimage)Celine Dion, Beck, The Fugees, Smashing Pumpkins(©Wireimage)Celine Dion, Beck, The Fugees, Smashing Pumpkins(©Wireimage)Celine Dion, Beck, The Fugees, Smashing Pumpkins(©Wireimage)Celine Dion, Beck, The Fugees, Smashing Pumpkins(©Wireimage)Celine Dion, Beck, The Fugees, Smashing Pumpkins(©Wireimage)Celine Dion, Beck, The Fugees, Smashing Pumpkins(©Wireimage)Celine Dion, Beck, The Fugees, Smashing Pumpkins(©Wireimage)Celine Dion, Beck, The Fugees, Smashing Pumpkins(©Wireimage)Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, 1992Winner: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - SummertimeRap and the Grammys were never going to be a great fit. Despite introducing rap categories in 1989, the awards represented the musical equivalent of the very establishment the genre's founding fathers, artists like NWA and Public Enemy, were trying to overthrow.'Real' rap fans were therefore disappointed, if not surprised, that when Public Enemy's Apocalypse 91 - The Enemy Strikes Back was nominated for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1992, it was overlooked for a much safer, more family friendly option - namely DJJazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's resoundingly inoffensive Summertime.topThis field has been disabled for Gallery V2Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff, Public Enemy(©Rex Features, Wireimage)Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff, Public Enemy(©Rex Features, Wireimage)Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff, Public Enemy(©Rex Features, Wireimage)Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff, Public Enemy(©Rex Features, Wireimage)Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff, Public Enemy(©Rex Features, Wireimage)Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff, Public Enemy(©Rex Features, Wireimage)Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff, Public Enemy(©Rex Features, Wireimage)Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff, Public Enemy(©Rex Features, Wireimage)Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff, Public Enemy(©Rex Features, Wireimage)Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff, Public Enemy(©Rex Features, Wireimage)Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff, Public Enemy(©Rex Features, Wireimage)Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff, Public Enemy(©Rex Features, Wireimage)Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff, Public Enemy(©Rex Features, Wireimage)Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff, Public Enemy(©Rex Features, Wireimage)Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff, Public Enemy(©Rex Features, Wireimage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)Steely Dan(WireImage)