This Singer and Band Somehow Never Won a Grammy Award

For most musicians, there are no signs of a Grammy win.

However, a select few top artists have proven over the years that you can still have a huge music career without taking home one of those coveted golden gramophones.

From multi-nominated rappers to legendary singers and groups who made it through the awards show, here are 20 major artists who have made a huge impact on the world of music, but still have a Grammy-like gap on their mantelpiece…

Diana Ross

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Despite more than 50 years in the entertainment industry, Diana Ross has never won any of the previous 12 Grammys for which she was nominated.

It looked like that would change in 2024, when Ms Ross was nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for her latest release, Thank You, although she ultimately lost out to Michael Bublé.

But his contribution to the world of music was so undeniable that the Recording Academy ultimately awarded him a Lifetime Achievement award in 2012, while the Supremes received the same award in 2023.

Bob Marley

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Even though he was a pioneer in the world of reggae music, Bob Marley had never even been nominated for a Grammy in his life, let alone received an award.

A special Best Reggae Album award was introduced at the Grammys in 1985, four years after his death, with the late singer’s son Ziggy Marley becoming the artist to win this category most often.

Katy Perry

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Since I Kissed A Girl was released in 2008, Katy Perry has been nominated for 13 Grammys, including the coveted award in the Album Of The Year category for Teenage Dream.

To date, he has not won an award, and was last nominated in 2015.

Nicki Minaj

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Nicki Minaj is just behind her former collaborator Katy Perry on 10 nominations without a win, last receiving a nomination in 2016 for her The Pinkprint album.

In 2019, he accused the Recording Academy of deliberately insulting him, stating: “I was bullied into remaining silent for seven years out of fear.”

Three years later, she criticized the Grammys once again, claiming that she missed out on a nomination because her song Super Freaky Girl was considered in the pop category, not rap, which she submitted as a category.

Snoop Dogg

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Snoop Dogg is officially the Glenn Close of the Grammys, as he is the artist with the most nominations and zero wins (along with singer-songwriter Brian McKnight).

The rapper has 17 Grammy nominations to his name, and was last nominated in 2016, for his contributions to Kendrick Lamar’s album, To Pimp A Butterfly.

Queen

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During Freddie Mercury’s lifetime, Queen received a total of four Grammy nominations – for Bohemian Rhapsody and Another One Bites The Dust – although none resulted in a win.

The band was finally awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018, the same year their album A Night At The Opera was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame.

ABBA

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Let’s just look at ABBA’s statistics, shall we?

Nine UK number one singles. Hundreds of millions of records sold. Not one but two jukebox musicals featuring only their music. However, there were no Grammy wins.

In fact, it took until 2021 to be nominated, when their comeback song I Still Have Faith In You was included in the Record Of The Year category.

Follow-up album Voyage went on to receive four nominations in 2023, including Album Of The Year, although sadly none of them resulted in a win.

The Academy also made amends for their past mistakes by inducting Dancing Queen into their Hall Of Fame in 2015.

Jimi Hendrix

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Sadly, the legendary musician was another artist who was only recognized by the Recording Academy after his death (unless you count his sole nomination for guitar on The Star-Spangled Banner).

After being awarded a Lifetime Achievement in 1992, he won several posthumous Grammys and his work was inducted into the Hall Of Fame more than once.

Bjork

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Known for her unique and avant-garde approach to music, Björk has 16 Grammy nominations, placing her at the top of the list of musicians who have received the most recognition without a real win.

His most recent nomination came in 2023, when his latest release Fossora lost out on Best Alternative Album to Wet Leg’s self-titled debut.

Pet Shop Boy

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Undoubtedly one of the most famous pop acts ever produced in the UK, with 14 albums to their name (plus another on the way!) and a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution, the Pet Shop Boys have still never won a Grammy.

They have been nominated six times, most recently in 2010 for the Yes album produced by Xenomania.

Miley Cyrus

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She may be one of the most famous women in pop, but to date, Miley Cyrus has actually only been nominated for a Grammy twice.

In 2015, he was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album for his acclaimed release Bangerz, but lost to Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour, while in 2022, he was recognized as a contributor to Lil Nas X’s Montero album.

However, her luck may change in 2024. Her latest album, Endless Summer Vacation, earned Miley her first nominations in any general category, including Album Of The Year, as well as Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year for her chart-topping single, Flowers.

Lana Del Rey

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Spread over a decade, Lana Del Rey has a total of nine Grammy nominations to her name.

At the upcoming ceremony, Lana was nominated in two of the three biggest categories of the night, with A&W for Song Of The Year and *deep breath* Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd? in contention for Album Of The Year.

BTS

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As one of the world’s biggest and most recognized K-pop groups, BTS has fans all over the world and has now topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

They also became the first Korean pop act to be honored at the Grammys, where they have now been nominated five times (including three in 2023), although they have yet to win.

Drain

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He is known for his own music as well as his songwriting credits for artists including Beyoncé and Rihanna.

But despite receiving nine nominations, Sia has never won a Grammy for any of her musical offerings.

Tupac Shakur

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In his lifetime, Tupac only received two Grammy nominations, both for his album Me Against The World, but lost that night to Coolio and Naughty By Nature.

After his death in 1996, Tupac received four posthumous nominations, although none of them resulted in a win.

Guns N’ Roses

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Guns N’ Roses have sold 100 million records worldwide, and in 2012 were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

Between 1990 and 2019, the rock legend also received four Grammy nominations, but never managed to win.

Beach Boy

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Despite their undeniable influence on pop music, the Recording Academy never awarded The Beach Boys a competitive Grammy win.

However, they do have a lifetime achievement award, and their iconic album, Pet Sounds, also earned a place in the Grammy Hall Of Fame.

Arctic Monkeys

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During their time in the spotlight, Arctic Monkeys have picked up an impressive seven Brit Awards, although they have yet to win a Grammy.

They have been nominated nine times, and are competing for three awards in the Rock, Metal and Alternative Music categories at this year’s ceremony.

Post Malone

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Rapper and singer Post Malone has an impressive 10 Grammy nominations, including two Album Of The Year nominations.

Her most recent nomination came in 2023, when she and Doja Cat were recognized in the Pop Duo/Group Performance category for I Like You (A Happier Song).

Robbie Williams

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It has been well documented that Robbie Williams’ huge success in the UK has not translated overseas, and despite having the most Brit Awards of any singer in history, he has never managed to win a Grammy.

Interestingly, he has been nominated for two nominations in the past, but neither was actually nominated for his music.

His first nomination was for the music video 1 Giant Leap’s My Culture, for which he was a featured artist, while his second nomination was in the Best Music Film category for his live performance at the Royal Albert Hall.

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