Grammy's best new artist 40 years ago? Bette Midler!
Grammy Award winners for best new artist over the last couple decades are practically an invitation to join the FBI's witness relocation program. But not in 1974. That year, it was a young Bette Midler who took away the statue. Here were the other big winners 40 years ago (lest anyone say I'm only obsessed with the '80s.)
Record of the Year: Killing Me Softly With His Song - Roberta Flack
Album of the Year: Innervisions, Stevie Wonder (Tamla/Motown)
Song of the Year: Killing Me Softly With His Song - Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox, songwriters
Best New Artist of the Year: Bette Midler
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male: You Are the Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female: Killing Me Softly With His Song - Roberta Flack
Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Duo, Group or Chorus: Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye), Gladys Knight and the Pips
Best Pop Instrumental Performance: Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001) - Eumir Deodato
Best Rhythm and Blues Song: Superstition - Stevie Wonder, songwriter
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Male: Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Female: Master of Eyes - Aretha Franklin
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance By a Duo, Group or Chorus: Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight and the Pips
Best Rhythm and Blues Instrumental Performance: Hang on Sloopy - Ramsey Lewis
See the full list at Popculturemadness.com.