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20 Strangest Best New Artist Grammy Wins

A short history of the Grammys' most bizarre honor
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Jose Feliciano
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Jose Feliciano (1968)

The best-selling album of 1968 was Are You Experienced, by some hippie kid named Jimi Hendrix. But the Grammy voters weren't convinced, so they gave the Best New Artist statue to Jose Feliciano. (Jimi didn't get a single nomination in his lifetime.) Given everything that was going on musicially in 1968, this pick looks mighty weird in hindsight, no matter how feliz your Navidad. Yet Feliciano's noble career has kept rolling from Fargo to one of the all-time great TV themes, "Chico and the Man." Jealous Ones Still Envy! 

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