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Wed, 19 Jan 2011 21:42:09 GMT | By Francis Whittaker
Worst ever Grammy decisions

Best New Artist, 1990

Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul (© Rex Features/Wireimage)
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  • Milli Vanilli, Soul II Soul (© Rex Features/Wireimage)
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Winner: Milli Vanilli

Much-maligned German pop duo Milli Vanilli were given the Best New Artist prize in 1990, a decision which initially caused a storm because most music fans had long since realised the band were actually pretty awful.

However, the real controversy came a few days after the ceremony, when the Academy were forced to strip Milli Vanilli of their award when it emerged that neither member had sung a single note on the recording of their album. No new winner was announced in their place, with Soul II Soul being the most notable of the remaining nominees who missed out as a result.