5 Grammy Best New Artist losers who went on to win lifetime career honors

Paul Grein
Writer
Yahoo Music

There’s no shame in losing the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Take a look at these five artists. All lost that award, but wound up receiving lifetime career honors from the Recording Academy.

<p>Captain Fantastic lost to the Carpenters in 1970. Both artists were nominated for Album of the Year, but the Carpenters were also nominated for Record of the Year for their No. 1 smash, “(They Long to Be) Close to You.” Karen and Richard also won for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group, or Chorus. Elton didn’t win his first Grammy until 1986. He has won five in all. He has also amassed three noms for Album of the Year, two for Song of the Year, and two for Record of the Year. He received a Grammy Legend Award in 2000. (Photo: KMazur/WireImage) </p>
Elton John

Captain Fantastic lost to the Carpenters in 1970. Both artists were nominated for Album of the Year, but the Carpenters were also nominated for Record of the Year for their No. 1 smash, “(They Long to Be) Close to You.” Karen and Richard also won for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group, or Chorus. Elton didn’t win his first Grammy until 1986. He has won five in all. He has also amassed three noms for Album of the Year, two for Song of the Year, and two for Record of the Year. He received a Grammy Legend Award in 2000. (Photo: KMazur/WireImage)

<p>The English heavy metal band lost to Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1969. CSN were nominated for Album of the Year for their eponymous debut album. This was Led Zep’s only nomination that year. Founding members Robert Plant and Jimmy Page finally won a Grammy in 1998. Plant won six Grammys, including Album and Record of the Year, for a 2007 collabo with Alison Krauss. Led Zep belatedly won their first Grammy for 2013’s <i>Celebration Day</i>. The band received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. (Photo: Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) </p>
Led Zeppelin

The English heavy metal band lost to Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1969. CSN were nominated for Album of the Year for their eponymous debut album. This was Led Zep’s only nomination that year. Founding members Robert Plant and Jimmy Page finally won a Grammy in 1998. Plant won six Grammys, including Album and Record of the Year, for a 2007 collabo with Alison Krauss. Led Zep belatedly won their first Grammy for 2013’s Celebration Day. The band received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. (Photo: Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

<p>The San Francisco-based rock band lost to pop/country phenom Bobbie Gentry in 1967. Gentry was nominated for Album, Record, and Song of the Year for her No. 1 smash “Ode to Billie Joe” and her chart-topping album of the same name. (She was the first new artist to receive nominations in all three of these categories in the same year.) She won in two other categories — Best Vocal Performance, Female and Best Contemporary Female Solo Vocal Performance. This was Jefferson Airplane’s only nomination until 1985, when the rechristened Starship were nominated for “We Built This City.” They received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. (Photo: AP Photo/Joe Tabacca) </p>
Jefferson Airplane

The San Francisco-based rock band lost to pop/country phenom Bobbie Gentry in 1967. Gentry was nominated for Album, Record, and Song of the Year for her No. 1 smash “Ode to Billie Joe” and her chart-topping album of the same name. (She was the first new artist to receive nominations in all three of these categories in the same year.) She won in two other categories — Best Vocal Performance, Female and Best Contemporary Female Solo Vocal Performance. This was Jefferson Airplane’s only nomination until 1985, when the rechristened Starship were nominated for “We Built This City.” They received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. (Photo: AP Photo/Joe Tabacca)

<p>The English blues-rock trio lost to the Latin/pop star Jose Feliciano in 1968. Feliciano was nominated for Album of the Year for <i>Feliciano!</i>; he also won for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Performance, Male for his brooding rendition of the Doors’ rock classic “Light My Fire.” This was Cream’s only nomination. Founding member Eric Clapton has gone on to win 17 Grammys, including two awards for Album of the Year (for the all-star <i>The Concert for Bangla Desh</i> and his own <i>Unplugged</i>) and two awards for Record of the Year (for “Tears in Heaven” and “Change the World”). Cream received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. (Photo: J.Sciulli/WireImage for The Recording Academy) </p>
Cream

The English blues-rock trio lost to the Latin/pop star Jose Feliciano in 1968. Feliciano was nominated for Album of the Year for Feliciano!; he also won for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Performance, Male for his brooding rendition of the Doors’ rock classic “Light My Fire.” This was Cream’s only nomination. Founding member Eric Clapton has gone on to win 17 Grammys, including two awards for Album of the Year (for the all-star The Concert for Bangla Desh and his own Unplugged) and two awards for Record of the Year (for “Tears in Heaven” and “Change the World”). Cream received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. (Photo: J.Sciulli/WireImage for The Recording Academy)

<p>The Brazilian bossa nova innovator lost to the Beatles in 1964. Jobim composed Getz/Gilberto’s “The Girl From Ipanema,” that year’s Record of the Year winner. (It beat the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”) He was featured on Getz/Gilberto, that year’s Album of the Year winner. (The Beatles weren’t nominated in that category that year.) The Beatles beat Jobim again in 1967, when <i>Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band</i> topped <i>Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim</i> for Album of the Year. Jobim, who died in 1994, received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. The Beatles received the same award two years later, on the 50th anniversary of their breakthrough. (Photo: AP Photo) </p>
Antonio Carlos Jobim

The Brazilian bossa nova innovator lost to the Beatles in 1964. Jobim composed Getz/Gilberto’s “The Girl From Ipanema,” that year’s Record of the Year winner. (It beat the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”) He was featured on Getz/Gilberto, that year’s Album of the Year winner. (The Beatles weren’t nominated in that category that year.) The Beatles beat Jobim again in 1967, when Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band topped Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim for Album of the Year. Jobim, who died in 1994, received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. The Beatles received the same award two years later, on the 50th anniversary of their breakthrough. (Photo: AP Photo)

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