By Michael Shilling
Among the Grammy Awards' "big four" general awards, Best New Artist has
long been a career plum: For would-be music stars, winning the award brings a
huge surge in exposure that typically triggers a windfall in post-awards record
sales. Yet with five artists vying for that little golden gramophone, each year
sees four nominees go home empty-handed. Here's a look at some of the "losers"
who went on to build successful careers, as well as the competitor who got the
Recording Academy's nod.