Year: 2004
Other nominees: 50 Cent, Fountains of Wayne, Heather Headley, Sean Paul

The word “evanescence” essentially means to gradually fade away. For those who lost track of Hot Topic poster group Evanescence, the Arkansas nu-metal band founded by Amy Lee and Ben Moody, shortly after their 2003 crossover hits “Bring Me to Life” and “My Immortal,” you could attempt to spin the name as a self-fulfilling prophecy aided by the Best New Artist curse. The group had been active for eight years by the time their debut full-length, Fallen, launched their careers skyward, ultimately being certified platinum seven times and spending over a year on the Billboard Top 50 charts. The group may have faded from mainstream attention since the 2004 Grammys, during which they won Best Hard Rock Performance as well as Best New Artist. But though some members have been replaced, Evanescence hasn’t fallen off at all, as much as a cursory scan of mainstream radio might lead you to believe. Both of the group’s subsequent albums debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, though they did split from their long-time record label, Wind-Up Records, in 2014, with Lee filing a lawsuit seeking $1.5 million in unpaid royalties. Lesson learned: Don’t underestimate the nu-metal community!