Best New Artist: a blessing or a curse? Many of those budding young trophy winners at the Grammy Awards have found the latter to be true. But for country music's proverbial Grammys — the CMA Awards — it's pretty much a crapshoot. (See Brad Paisley for the blessing argument; Bryan White for the curse.) As we wait to see who will take the honors this year — Brandy Clark, Brett Eldredge, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett or Cole Swindell — here's a look back at the past 20 years of CMA New Artist victors and how they fared after their big honor.