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Loser: Taylor Swift

Country-pop princess Taylor Swift’s music video for her single “Teardrops on My Guitar” was nominated in 2008 but did not win her the Best New Artist title. That single alone went on to go double-platinum, and Swift has since won seven Grammy awards and sold more than 26 million albums worldwide.
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The VMAs’ most surprising Best New Artist snubs

Wendy Geller
Senior Editor, Yahoo Entertainment

The MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist has been around since the first annual VMAs in 1984. However, despite years of practice, voters still frequently go a little crazy and allow a one-hit wonder to sneak away with the trophy that could (and probably should) have been won by the likes of Whitney Houston, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift. Hindsight is 20/20, right? But don’t worry about these “losers”; they went on to much greater things.