No awards group can be right 100% of the time, but in the case of the Grammys, some omissions are more glaring than others. When you take a closer look at the history of these awards, handed out by the Recording Academy, you see that some of the greatest, most groundbreaking artists in the history of modern music have never been rewarded with music’s highest honor. Scroll through our gallery above to see our list of the biggest stars who have never won a Grammy.
Sometimes it’s all or nothing with voters. Consider how many artists have been rewarded dozens of times. The Grammys’ most honored artist is conductor Georg Solti, with 31 Grammy wins. In fact, three of the top five all-time Grammy winners are from the world of classical music: French conductor Pierre Boulez earned 26 Grammys while Russian pianist Vladimir Horowitz won 25 trophies.
But some of the most influential artists in the history of music have not been rewarded. Many have been honored elsewhere, including some like Journey and Guns N’ Roses who have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but somehow never won a Grammy. A few never even received nominations, while others like Tupac Shakur and Janis Joplin died at a young age before they had the chance to earn further nominations and possible wins. But for others, like Snoop Dogg and Katy Perry, there’s still time to prevail and take their names off this list.
Of all of the artists on our list, Iggy Pop is the only one who could potentially earn his first Grammy this year. Pop is nominated in the Best Alternative Album category for his 2016 release, “Post Pop Depression.”
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