Losing the Grammy for Best New Artist isn’t the end of the world. Look no further than Mumford & Sons, who lost the new artist race two years ago to Esperanza Spalding. This year, they’re the front-runners to win for Album of the Year for their chart-topping sophomore album, Babel.
The British folk/rock band has plenty of company.
Here’s a complete list of the 23 artists who were nominated for Best New Artist, didn’t win, but have taken home Grammys for Album, Record or Song of the Year and/or have won honorary, career-capping awards from the Recording Academy. They’re listed in reverse chronological order.
Lady Antebellum. The country trio lost to Adele as Best New Artist of 2008, but won in two marquee categories two years later. “Need You Now,” a heartfelt ballad about late-night desires, won Record of the Year. The song, which the trio wrote with Josh Kear, also won Song of the Year.
Taylor Swift. The megastar lost to Amy Winehouse as Best New Artist of 2007, but won Album of the Year two years later with Fearless.
Corinne Bailey Rae. The singer lost to Carrie Underwood as Best New Artist of 2006, but was among the featured artists on Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters, which won Album of the Year the following year. She sang a jazzy version of “River,” a highlight of Mitchell’s 1971 album, Blue. (The Recording Academy gives Grammys to featured artists.)
Dixie Chicks. The country trio lost to Lauryn Hill as Best New Artist of 1998, but swept the big awards for 2006. Taking The Long Way won Album of the Year. “Not Ready To Make Nice,” in which the trio expressed their feelings about the backlash that followed Natalie Maines’ blunt criticism of President Bush, won Record of the Year. The ballad, which the trio wrote with Dan Wilson, also won Song of the Year.
Green Day. The punk trio lost to Sheryl Crow as Best New Artist of 1994, but won Record of the Year for 2005 for the rock ballad “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams.”
Seal. The British singer lost to Marc Cohn as Best New Artist of 1991, but he won in two marquee categories four years later. “Kiss From A Rose,” from the movie Batman Forever, won Record and Song of the Year.
Robert Clivilles and David Cole. C&C Music Factory also lost to Marc Cohn as Best New Artist of 1991, but the leaders of the dance group won for Album of the Year two years later for producing a hip-hop remake of Bill Withers’ 1977 song “Lovely Day” on Whitney Houston’s The Bodyguard soundtrack.
Luther Vandross. The R&B legend lost to Sheena Easton as Best New Artist of 1981, but won Song of the Year for 2003 for “Dance With My Father,” a nakedly emotional song about missing one’s father that he wrote with Richard Marx.
Toto. The pop-rock group lost to A Taste of Honey as Best New Artist of 1978, but won in two marquee categories four years later. Toto IV took Album of the Year. “Rosanna” took Record of the Year.
KC and the Sunshine Band. The disco group lost to Natalie Cole as Best New Artist of 1975, but were among the winners for Album of the Year three years later for the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. The album featured “Boogie Shoes,” a high-stepping song from their 1975 album KC and the Sunshine Band.
Eagles. The rock band lost to America as Best New Artist of 1972, but took Record of the Year five years later for their six-minute epic “Hotel California.” It was the first rock track to win that prize.
Kenny Loggins. As half of Loggins & Messina, Loggins also lost to America as Best New Artist of 1972, but he took Song of the Year for 1979 for co-writing the Doobie Brothers’ “What A Fool Believes.” Loggins co-wrote the smash with Michael McDonald.
Elton John. The singer/songwriter lost to Carpenters as Best New Artist of 1970, but received a Grammy Legend Award in 2000. (Both Elton and Karen Carpenter struggled with personal problems. He overcame his. Sadly, she didn’t.)
Led Zeppelin. The hard rock band lost to Crosby, Stills & Nash as Best New Artist of 1969, but received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. In addition, lead singer Robert Plant won in two marquee categories for 2008 for a collaboration with Alison Krauss. Raising Sand won Album of the Year. “Please Read The Letter,” a rootsy remake of a song from a 1998 album that Plant had recorded with his former Zeppelin colleague Jimmy Page, took Record of the Year.
Cream. The rock trio lost to Jose Feliciano as Best New Artist of 1968, but received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In addition, Eric Clapton has won a shelf-full of Grammys in marquee categories. He was part of the winning team on George Harrison & Friends’ The Concert For Bangla Desh, 1972’s Album of the Year. He swept the big awards for 1992. Unplugged took Album of the Year. “Tears In Heaven” won Record of the Year. The mournful ballad, which he co-wrote with Will Jennings to express his feelings after his four-year old son died in a tragic accident, also won Song of the Year. He took Record of the Year again for 1996’s “Change The World.”
The 5th Dimension. The pop quintet lost to Bobbie Gentry as Best New Artist of 1967, but it won Record of the Year that same year for the ebullient “Up—Up And Away.” For good measure, it won in that category again two years later for “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In,” a sleek medley of two songs from the 1968 musical, Hair.
Ted Templeman. As a member of the vocal group Harpers Bizarre, Templeman also lost to Bobbie Gentry as Best New Artist of 1967. As producer of the Doobie Brothers’ “What A Fool Believes,” he won Record of the Year for 1979.
Antonio Carlos Jobim. The musician who was at the forefront of the worldwide bossa nova wave lost to the Beatles as Best New Artist of 1964 (no shame in that), but received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
Astrud Gilberto. The singer (and wife of Joao Gilberto) also lost to the Beatles as Best New Artist of 1964, but took Record of the Year that year for singing “The Girl From Ipanema,” a song from the Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto album Getz/Gilberto.
Vaughn Meader. The comic impressionist lost to Robert Goulet as Best New Artist of 1962, but took Album of the Year that same year for his Kennedy spoof, The First Family.
Leontyne Price. The soprano lost to comedy album star Bob Newhart as Best New Artist of 1960, but received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989.