With the GRAMMYs coming up this weekend, all of us here at Shore Fire have eyes on Bon Iver up for Best New Artist – but that nomination is actually coming five years after Bon Iver’s first album. Sure, this isn’t totally uncommon — the category is really more about reaching a mainstream consciousness. Accordingly, there have been quite a few well-known names in years past to grab the nomination a few years, up to almost a decade after their first release.
Here’s a few highlights along with videos from long before the noms (hopefully, Bon Iver fares better than most of the below – all four lost the award).
Cream – first release: 1966, nominated for Best New Artist: 1969 (lost to Jose Feliciano)
Andrea Boccelli – first release: 1992, nominated for Best New Artist: 1999 (lost to Lauryn Hill)
David Gray – first release: 1993, nominated for Best New Artist: 2002 (lost to Alicia Keys)
Fountains of Wayne – first release: 1996; nominated for Best New Artist: 2004 (lost to Evanescence)