Donna Summer was the supreme songbird of the disco era, winning five Grammys including one for warbling the Oscar-winning “Last Dance.” That song from the otherwise forgettable 1978 film “Thank God Its Friday” brought Summer her first recongition from the Grammys with a win for Best Female R& B Performance.
The recording industry’s top kudos had snubbed Summer for her chart-topping tunes “Love to Love You Baby” (1976) and “I Feel Love” (1977). However, they could not ignore her continued success with her #1 hit “MacArthur Park” reaping her a Pop performance bid in 1978.
The following year, she contended for Album of the Year with her best-selling “Bad Girls” and won the Rock Vocal award for the track “Hot Stuff.” She reaped eight other bids over the next four years for hits such as “She Works Hard for the Money.”
However, it was her renditions of the soulful “He’s a Rebel” and “Forgive Me” that won her back-to-back Inspirational Performance Grammys in 1983 and 1984. Her final win was, appropriately enough, for Dance Recording in 1997 for her comeback hit “Carry On.”