Marc Cohn (1991)
In the wake of Milli Vanilli, the Grammy voters wanted to send a message — they weren't going to stand for any more of this wubba-wubba-wubba pop nonsense the kids were into. So Marc Cohn could have won Best New Artist just by faxing in his resume. ("A former Tracy Chapman pianist? With a beard? Singing about Memphis? Come on down!") Thus began the most conservative and boring Grammy era, when they kept giving out awards to oldies like "Layla" and "Unforgettable" to avoid dealing with new music. "Walking in Memphis" was Cohn's first and last Top 40 hit. It remains a karaoke evergreen.