Grammys 2022: Here are music giants who never lifted the golden gramaphone
- The Recording Academy prepares to honor a new crop of performers with its annual Grammy Awards
- You might be shocked at how many of music's biggest talents have yet to receive the coveted gold gramophone
- Here are eight music powerhouses who have yet to win the prize
As the Recording Academy prepares to honor a new crop of performers with its annual Grammy Awards, you might be shocked at how many of music's biggest talents have yet to receive the coveted gold gramophone (from which the term "Grammy" is from).
Here are eight music powerhouses who have yet to win the prize.
The iconic rock band has four nominations but no wins. Two of the British band's most famous hits, "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Another One Bites the Dust," were eliminated in their respective categories, although it's unlikely that the remaining band members (frontman Freddie Mercury died in 1991) are overly concerned about the defeats.
Queen is still one of the most prominent bands in music today, with Mercury's biography "Bohemian Rhapsody" winning four Academy Awards in 2019, including Best Actor for actor Rami Malek, who played Mercury. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Queen is also the 36th best-selling music act of all time.
The legendary Swedish pop maestros have only ever been nominated once, for this year's Grammys. The ex-couple will compete for Record of the Year with their new single "I Still Have Faith in You."
With 1999's immensely popular jukebox musical "Mamma Mia!," which was adapted for the 2008 film of the same name, ABBA's catalogue of earworm favourites like "Dancing Queen," "Take a Chance on Me," and "Fernando" were introduced to a new generation of viewers. In 2018, there was also a non-adaptation sequel to the film.
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Calvin Broadus, sometimes known as the "Doggfather of Rap," has received 16 nominations during the course of his career. While many of his nominations are for songs/albums on which he has appeared, some of his most memorable tunes, like "Gin and Juice," "Nothin' But a 'G' Thang," and "Drop It Like It's Hot," have all received nods. Despite never winning a Grammy, Snoop Dogg is regarded as a rap hero, particularly in the West Coast hip-hop scene.
Perry's "Teenage Dream" album dominated the Billboard charts for two years, but the record (nominated for Album of the Year) and its big songs ("California Gurls," "Firework," "Wide Awake," and the title tune) couldn't take home the gold. "Teenage Dream" isn't short on praise, though. It was named to numerous end-of-year and end-of-decade "best" lists, matching Perry with Michael Jackson for the most Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits.
Perry's "crowning achievement," according to a 2021 retrospective in Pitchfork.
"Don't Give Up Believin'” it: The 27th best-selling band of all time in the United States (according to the RIAA) has never won a trophy — and has only been nominated once for a Grammy. Despite having multiple Billboard Top 10 hits, many of which are still popular today, such as "Open Arms" and "Faithfully," Meanwhile, "Don't Stop Believin'" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame as a work of "qualitative or historical significance." It has been a popular choice for films, TV series, and cover songs, most notably the 2009 hit by the cast of "Glee."
Nicki Minaj's 2010 debut "Pink Friday" and 2014's "The Pinkprint" both received nominations for Best Rap Album, and she has a spate of nominations for Best Rap Performance. However, none of her ten nominations have resulted in a win for the self-proclaimed (though others have also referred to her as) Queen of Rap. Despite never receiving an award, critics universally regard Minaj as one of the greatest female rappers of all time, if not the greatest female rapper.
Stop in the name of love: This soul/pop legend has 12 nominations but no trophies to her name. Her first Grammy nomination came at the 7th Annual Grammy Awards in 1965, when she was nominated as a member of The Supremes. Some of her most well-known solo songs, including "Endless Love" and "Upside Down," have also received nominations.
But her lack of a Grammy hasn't stopped her from having a groundbreaking career: she's widely cited as an inspiration for newer artists, and her music is routinely sampled or performed by them. Ross' music, for example, has been performed by Amy Winehouse and Janet Jackson, and it was sampled in Notorious B.I.G.'s legendary 1997 track "Mo Money, Mo Problems." Lady Gaga sampled her song "It's My House" for "Replay" most recently.
Last year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee released her 25th studio album, "Thank You."
The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys were getting excellent vibes for their singles "Good Vibrations" and "Kokomo," but they didn't win any Grammys. But don't worry (baby), these artists were admitted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, and the Grammy Hall of Fame inducted them for their seminal 1966 album "Pet Sounds."
While co-founder Dennis Wilson died in 1983, The Beach Boys' legacy lives on. According to AllMusic, 422 artists recognised the "God Only Knows" performers as influential on their sound in a 2017 data analysis of 53,630 artists using AllMusic biographical data, making them the sixth most influential musicians of all time.