Inspire's Favorite Grammy Award-Winning Artists


The Inspire team can’t wait for the Grammy Awards! To celebrate, we created a playlist of our favorite songs by Best New Artist Grammy Award winners of years past. Like our team, the playlist is pretty eclectic.

  • Mariah Carey:

Known for her five-octave range, Mariah Carey won Best New Artist in 1991, and won Sarah’s heart with her song “Fantasy.”

  • Hootie & The Blowfish:

Hootie & The Blowfish won Best New Artist in 1996, one year after their hit “Only Wanna Be with You,” which is Logan’s anthem.

  • Evanescence:

Evanescence, formed by singer and pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody, won Best New Artist in 2004. The rock band’s melancholy angst resonates with Katie and Jamie. Katie’s favorite Evanescence songs are “My Immortal” or “Going Under,” depending on if she’s happy or angry, and Jamie’s are a tie between “Bring Me to Life” and “My Heart is Broken.”

  • John Legend:

Singer-songwriter, actor, Ohioan and, most importantly, husband to Chrissy Teigen, John Legend won Best New Artist in 2006. Legend is Amanda’s favorite Best New Artist, along with The Beatles. Both artists have had a significant impact on her life – she walked down the aisle to Legend’s “All of Me” and named her daughter after The Beatles’ album Abbey Road.

  • Carrie Underwood:

American Idol winner Carrie Underwood won Best New Artist in 2007. Something about Underwood’s song “Something in the Water,” gives Shelby chills every time she hears it.

  • Zac Brown Band:

Inspire President Hinda also chose a country act as her favorite Best New Artist. Zac Brown Band won the award in 2010, two years after they released Hinda’s favorite songs, “Chicken Fried” and “Toes.”

  • Bon Iver:

In 2012, singer-songwriter Justin Vernon’s band, Bon Iver, won a Grammy for Best New Artist. His striking melodies and stunning lyrics make him Jess and Diane’s favorite winner. Diane’s favorite song is “Holocene” and Jess’ is “Blood Bank.”

  • Fun:

Indie pop group, Fun, burst into the music scene, winning Best New Artist in 2013. Hana, is a big fan of their chart-topping hit “Some Nights.”

Listen to the playlist on Spotify.