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Throughout the history of the Grammy Awards, many significant records have been set. This page only includes the competitive awards which have been won by various artists. This does not include the various special awards that are presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences such as Lifetime Achievement Awards, Trustees Awards, Technical Awards or Legend Awards. The page however does include other non-performance related Grammys (known as the Craft & Production Fields) that may have been presented to the artist(s).

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Awards

Most Grammys won

The record for the most Grammy Awards won in a lifetime is held by Georg Solti, a Hungarian-British conductor who conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for twenty-two years. He has won a total of 31 competitive Grammy Awards out of 74 nominations and was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996. [1] [2]

Chicago Symphony Orchestra American orchestra based in Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) was founded by Theodore Thomas in 1891. The ensemble makes its home at Orchestra Hall in Chicago and plays a summer season at the Ravinia Festival. The music director is Riccardo Muti, who began his tenure in 2010. The CSO is one of five American orchestras commonly referred to as the "Big Five".

RankArtistAwards
1 Georg Solti 31
2 Quincy Jones 28
3 Alison Krauss 27
4 Pierre Boulez 26
5 Vladimir Horowitz 25
Stevie Wonder
7 John Williams 24
8 Beyoncé 23
9 U2 22
Chick Corea
Jay-Z
12 Kanye West 21
Vince Gill
14 Henry Mancini 20
Pat Metheny
Bruce Springsteen
Al Schmitt

Most Grammys won by a male artist

Georg Solti has won a total of 31 Grammy Awards.

RankArtistAwards
1 Georg Solti 31
2 Quincy Jones 28
3 Pierre Boulez 26
4 Vladimir Horowitz 25
Stevie Wonder
6 John Williams 24
7 Chick Corea 22
Jay-Z
9 Kanye West 21
Vince Gill
11 Henry Mancini 20
Pat Metheny
Al Schmitt
Bruce Springsteen
15 Tony Bennett 18
Jimmy Sturr
Yo-Yo Ma
Paul McCartney [note 1]

Most Grammys won by a female artist

Alison Krauss has, as a solo artist, collaborator and producer, won 27 Grammy Awards. [3]

RankArtistAwards
1 Alison Krauss [note 2] 27
2 Beyoncé [note 3] 23
3 Aretha Franklin 18
4 Adele 15
Alicia Keys
6 Ella Fitzgerald 13
Emmylou Harris
Leontyne Price
9 CeCe Winans 12
10 Shirley Caesar 11
11 Chaka Khan 10
Bonnie Raitt
Linda Ronstadt
Taylor Swift
15 Mary J. Blige 9
Natalie Cole
Sheryl Crow
Norah Jones
Rihanna
Hillary Scott [note 4]
Lady Gaga

Most Grammys won by a group

U2 holds the record for most Grammy Awards won by a group. They have won 22 awards.

RankArtistsAwards
1 U2 22
2 Alison Krauss and Union Station 14
3 Dixie Chicks 13
4 Foo Fighters 12
5 Pat Metheny Group 10
6 The Manhattan Transfer 9
The Beatles
Emerson String Quartet
Asleep At The Wheel
10 Blackwood Brothers 8
Metallica
Santana
Take 6
14 Coldplay 7
Kentucky Thunder
Lady Antebellum
Simon & Garfunkel
Los Tigres del Norte

Most Grammys won by a producer

Quincy Jones with 28 awards holds the record for most Grammy Awards won by a producer (and eleven of those were awarded for production duties. Jones also received Grammys as an arranger and a performing artist). Some producers have also won awards as engineers, mixers and/or mastering engineers.

RankProducerAwards
1 Quincy Jones 28
2 Kanye West 21
3 David Foster 16
James Mallinson
David Frost
6 Steven Epstein 15
7 Phil Ramone 14
8 T Bone Burnett 13
Robert Woods
Jay David Saks
11 Arif Mardin 11

Most Grammys won by a composer or songwriter

John Williams with 24 awards holds the record for most Grammy Awards won by a composer or songwriter. Some composers and writers have also won awards as producers, singers, and conductors.

RankProducerAwards
1 Pierre Boulez 26
2 John Williams 24
3 Beyoncé 23
4 U2 22
Jay-Z
6 Kanye West 21
7 Chick Corea 20
Henry Mancini
Pat Metheny
Bruce Springsteen
11 Eric Clapton 18
Paul McCartney
13 Sting 17
14 Michael Brecker 15
Adele
Alicia Keys
17 Béla Fleck 14
Herbie Hancock
19 Dixie Chicks 13
Michael Jackson
Kendrick Lamar
22 Paquito D' Rivera 12
Alan Menken

Most Grammys won by an engineer or mixer

Al Schmitt, with 20 awards, has won more Grammy Awards than any other engineer or mixer.

Albert Harry "Al" Schmitt is an American recording engineer and record producer. He has won over twenty Grammy Awards for his work with Henry Mancini, Steely Dan, George Benson, Toto, Natalie Cole, Quincy Jones, and others.

Youngest winners

The Peasall Sisters are the youngest Grammy winners, when they were credited artists on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, which won Album of the Year in 2002. [4] LeAnn Rimes is the youngest individual winner. She was 14 years old when she won her first two awards in 1997. She was also the first Country artist to win the Best New Artist Grammy.

The Peasall Sisters are a country harmony group formed by three of the six Peasall siblings. They are best known for their singing in the 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

Country music, also known as country and western, and hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s. It takes its roots from genres such as folk music and blues.

RankAgeArtist
18 yearsLeah Peasall
211 yearsHannah Peasall
314 yearsSarah Peasall
414 years, 182 days LeAnn Rimes
514 years, 313 days Luis Miguel
617 years, 80 days Lorde
718 years, 105 days Daya
818 years, 123 days Monica
919 years, 67 days Christina Aguilera
1019 years, 112 days LaTavia Roberson

Youngest solo artists to win Album of the Year

Taylor Swift is the youngest solo artist to win Album of the Year. She was 20 years old when she won in 2010 for her album Fearless .

Taylor Swift American singer-songwriter

Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. As one of the world's leading contemporary recording artists, she is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which has received widespread media coverage.

The Grammy Award for Album of the Year is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales, chart position, or critical reception." Album of the Year is the most prestigious award category at the Grammys having been presented since 1959.

<i>Fearless</i> (Taylor Swift album) album by Taylor Swift

Fearless is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. The album was released on November 11, 2008, by Big Machine Records. As with her first album, Taylor Swift, Swift wrote or co-wrote all thirteen tracks on Fearless. Most of the songs were written as the singer promoted her first album as the opening act for numerous country artists. Due to the unavailability of collaborators on the road, eight songs were written by Swift. Other songs were co-written with Liz Rose, Hillary Lindsey, Colbie Caillat, and John Rich. Swift also made her debut as a record producer, co-producing all songs on the album with Nathan Chapman.

RankAgeArtist
120 years, 49 days Taylor Swift
221 years, 242 days Alanis Morissette
322 years, 18 days Barbra Streisand
423 years, 274 days Lauryn Hill
523 years, 283 days Adele
623 years, 293 days Stevie Wonder
723 years, 330 days Norah Jones

Oldest winners

Pinetop Perkins is the oldest person to win a Grammy. In 2011 he was awarded Best Traditional Blues Album for Joined At The Hip at 97 years of age.

RankAgeArtist
197 years, 221 days Pinetop Perkins
295 years, 31 days George Burns
394 years, 132 days Jimmy Carter
491 years, 137 days Jimmy Carter
590 years, 52 days Elizabeth Cotten
690 years, 26 days Betty White

Note: Sources vary on the birth year of Elizabeth Cotten, with some stating it as 1893, while others say 1895. The above information credits it as 1895. With either year, Cotten is the oldest female Grammy winner.

Most honored albums

Santana's Supernatural and U2's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb hold the record for most honoured album having won nine awards. Supernatural won nine awards in 2000 and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb won three awards in 2005 and won a further six in 2006 giving it a total of nine awards.

RankAlbums and artistsAwards
1 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb U2 9
Supernatural Santana
3 Come Away With Me Norah Jones 8
Genius Loves Company Ray Charles
Thriller Michael Jackson
6 All That You Can't Leave Behind U2 7
Back on the Block Quincy Jones
21 Adele
24K Magic Bruno Mars
10 Back To Black Amy Winehouse 6
The Blueprint 3 Jay Z
Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel
Raising Sand Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
The Return of Roger Miller Roger Miller
Taking the Long Way Dixie Chicks
To Pimp a Butterfly Kendrick Lamar
Toto IV Toto
Unforgettable... with Love Natalie Cole
Unplugged Eric Clapton

Most Album of the Year wins

The record for most Album of the Year wins is four.

Three recording artists, four record producers, two mastering engineers and four engineer/mixers have won the award three times.

Most Record of the Year wins

Most Grammys won for consecutive albums

Pat Metheny and his band the Pat Metheny Group have won 20 Grammy Awards in total, including seven consecutive awards for seven consecutive albums. [5] Metheny held the record for Grammy wins in the most different categories as of the 2005 Grammy Awards:

Most consecutive Grammys won for the same category

Aretha Franklin holds the record for winning the most consecutive Grammys in the same category. She won the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance every year from 1968 to 1975, for an eight-year winning streak. She also won in this category in 1982, 1986, and 1988, giving her 11 wins in the category.

After Franklin, Jimmy Sturr, Bill Cosby and John Williams are tied for second place for consecutive Grammy wins in the same category:

Sturr won six years in a row between 1987 and 1992 for Best Polka Album. He also won for three runs of four consecutive years (1996–1999, 2001–2004, and 2006–2009.) He won 18 out of the 24 Best Polka Album Grammys that were awarded since that category was added in 1985. The award was discontinued in 2009.

Cosby won six years in a row between 1965 and 1970 for Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.

Williams won six years in a row between 1978 and 1983 for Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.

Lenny Kravitz won the Best Male Rock Vocal Performance award four years in a row (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002).

Tom Coyne won Record of the Year four years in a row (2015–2018).

Artists who have won all four General Field awards

There have been only two artists who have won all four General Field awards. In 1981, Christopher Cross won Record, Album and Song of the Year as well as Best New Artist. [6] Adele is the second artist to win all four, and the first female to do so. In 2009, she won Best New Artist and in 2012 and 2017, she won Record, Album and Song of the Year.

Single ceremony

Most Grammys won in one night

The Record for Most Grammys won in one night is eight. Michael Jackson won eight in 1984 and Santana tied Jackson's record in 2000. [7]

RankArtist(s)Awards
1 Michael Jackson (1984) 8
Santana (2000)
3 Roger Miller (1966) 6
Quincy Jones (1991)
Eric Clapton (1993)
Beyoncé (2010)
Adele (2012)
Bruno Mars (2018)

Most Grammys won by a male artist in one night

Michael Jackson won eight in 1984.

RankArtist(s)Awards
1 Michael Jackson (1984) 8
2 Roger Miller (1966) 6
Quincy Jones (1991)
Eric Clapton (1993)
Bruno Mars (2018)

Most Grammys won by a female artist in one night

The record most Grammys won by a female artist in one night is six. Beyoncé and Adele each won six in 2010 and 2012, respectively.

RankArtistAwards
1 Beyoncé (2010) 6
Adele (2012)
3 Lauryn Hill (1999) 5
Alicia Keys (2002)
Norah Jones (2003)
Beyoncé (2004)
Amy Winehouse (2008)
Alison Krauss (2009)
Adele (2017)

Most Grammys won by a group in one night

In 2000, Santana was awarded a total of 8 awards. They won the awards for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals, Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Best Pop Instrumental Performance, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals, Best Rock Instrumental Performance and Best Rock Album.

RankArtistsAwards
1 Santana (2000) 8
2 Simon & Garfunkel (1971) 5
U2 (2006)
Dixie Chicks (2007)
Lady Antebellum (2011)
Foo Fighters (2012)

Most Grammys won by a record producer in one night

The record for most awards won by a producer in one night is five. Rick Rubin won five awards in 2007 including Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Best Country Album for the Dixie Chicks, Best Rock Album for the Red Hot Chili Peppers as well as Producer of the Year, Non Classical.

Most Grammys won by an engineer or mixer in one night

The most Grammys won by an engineer or mixer in one night is six. At the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in 2017, Tom Elmhirst won Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Engineered Album Non Classical, Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rock Album for his work on Adele's '25', David Bowie's 'Blackstar' and Cage The Elephant's 'Tell Me I'm Pretty'.

Artist who has won all four General Field Awards at a single ceremony

Christopher Cross (1981) received all four General Field awards in one night. Cross won the Record of the Year ("Sailing"), Album of the Year ("Christopher Cross"), Song of the Year ("Sailing"), and Best New Artist Grammys in a single ceremony. [8]

Artists who have won Record, Album and Song of the Year in one night

The three biggest Grammy Awards are Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Seven artists have won all three in one night. Adele is the only artist in Grammy history to accomplish this twice.

YearArtist
1971 Paul Simon
1972 Carole King
1981 Christopher Cross
1993 Eric Clapton
2007 Dixie Chicks
2012 Adele
2017
2018 Bruno Mars

Most Grammys won by an album in one night

The most awards awarded to an album in one night is nine. In 2000 Santana's Supernatural was awarded nine awards. It won Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals, Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Best Pop Instrumental Performance, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals, Best Rock Instrumental Performance and Best Rock Album.

Most posthumous Grammys won in one night

Ray Charles holds the record for most posthumous awards won in one night. He was awarded five Grammy Awards in 2005 including Album of the Year.

Nominations

Most Grammy nominations

Quincy Jones holds the record for the most Grammy nominations with 80. [9] [10]

RankArtistNominations
1 Quincy Jones 80
2 Paul McCartney [note 5] 78
3 Jay Z [note 6] 77
4 Georg Solti 74
Stevie Wonder
6 Henry Mancini 72
7 John Williams 69
Kanye West
9 Pierre Boulez 67
10 Beyoncé [note 7] 66
11 Chick Corea 64
12 Leonard Bernstein 63
13Jay David Saks53
14 Willie Nelson 51
15 Thomas Z. Shepard 50
Bruce Springsteen
17 James Mallinson 49
Babyface

Most nominations in one night

Michael Jackson and Babyface hold the record for most Grammy nominations in one night with 12 nominations.

RankArtistNominationsYear
1 Michael Jackson 12 1984
Babyface 1997
3 Kendrick Lamar 11 2016
4 Lauryn Hill 10 1999
Kanye West 2005
Beyoncé 2010
Eminem 2011
8 Roger Miller 9 1966
Paul McCartney 1966
The Manhattan Transfer 1986
Jay Z 2014
Beyoncé 2017

Most nominations without winning

The record for most Grammy nominations without a win is 26, held by Morten Lindberg.

RankArtistNominations
1 Morten Lindberg 26
2 Snoop Dogg 17
Brian McKnight
4 Björk 15
Joe Satriani
6 Toshiko Akiyoshi 14
Martina McBride
Dierks Bentley
Fred Hersch
10 Katy Perry 13
Nas
Spyro Gyra
Musiq Soulchild
14 Diana Ross 12
Busta Rhymes
Ledisi
Lenny Gomulka
Keith Jarrett

Most nominations in one night without winning

RankArtistNominations
1 Paul McCartney (1966) 9
2 Kanye West (2017) 8
Rihanna (2017)
Jay-Z (2018)
5 Stevie Wonder (1983) 7
India.Arie (2002)
Kendrick Lamar (2014)
8 Henry Mancini (1959) 6
Thomas Z. Shepard (1970)
Mariah Carey (1996)
50 Cent (2006)
Bruno Mars (2012)
13Robert M. Jones (1961) 5
Elvis Presley (1961)
Frank Sinatra (1961)
James Taylor (1971)
Eugene Ormandy (1971)
Vittorio Negri (1979)
Paul McCartney (1983)
Sting (1986)
Jay David Saks (1986)
Leonard Bernstein (1989)
Joan Osborne (1996)
Avril Lavigne (2003)
50 Cent (2004)
Alicia Keys (2006)
Gwen Stefani (2006)
Prince (2007)
James Blunt (2007)
Jazmine Sullivan (2009)
B.o.B (2011)
Ari Levine and Philip Lawrence (2011)
Lil Wayne (2012)
Drake (2014, 2016)
Khalid (2018)
No I.D. (2018)
SZA (2018)
Maren Morris (2019)
Sounwave (2019)

Grammy nominations in the most fields

RankArtistNumberFields
1 Quincy Jones 15General field, spoken word, arranging, music video/film, jazz, pop, rap,

r&b, children's, musical theatre, disco, composition, gospel/contemporary Christian music, music for visual media and production, non-classical

2 Paul McCartney 11General field, pop, arranging, rock, traditional, music for visual media, music video/film, spoken word, historical, alternative music and rap
3 David Foster 10General field, r&b, arranging, composition, music for visual media, production, music video/film, pop, traditional and musical theatre
Bob Dylan General field, country, gospel/contemporary Christian music, rock, music video/film, music for visual media, folk pop, American roots and traditional
5 Jack White 9General field, rock, alternative, country, pop, package, music video/film, American roots and engineered album
Béla Fleck Country, pop, jazz, American roots, world music, classical, folk, spoken word, composition and arranging
Janet Jackson General field, pop, r&b, rock, arranging, rap, music video/film, dance and production, non-classical
8 Cyndi Lauper 8General field, rock, pop, music video/film, dance, arranging, American roots and musical theater
Elton John General field, pop, musical theatre, rock, music video/film, music for visual media, composition and r&b
Prince General field, pop, r&b, rock, engineered album, music video/film, music for visual media and production, non-classical
Michael Jackson General field, pop, r&b, rock, disco, children's, music video/film and production, non-classical
Danger Mouse General field, pop, r&b, rock, rap, alternative, music video/film and production, non-classical
Herbie Hancock General field, pop, r&b, rock, jazz, music video/film, music for visual media and composition
Lionel Richie General field, pop, r&b, music for visual media, dance, arranging, gospel/contemporary Christian music and production, non-classical
Justin Timberlake General field, pop, r&b, country, rap, music for visual media, dance and music video/film
Stevie Wonder General field, pop, r&b, arranging, composition, music for visual media, music video/film and production, non-classical
Beyoncé General field, pop, r&b, rock, rap, music for visual media, surround sound and music video/film
Pharrell Williams General field, pop, r&b, dance, rap, music for visual media, music video/film and production, non-classical

Artists who had been nominated for all four General Field awards in one night

Only ten artists have been nominated for all four General Field awards in one night.

YearArtist
1968 Bobbie Gentry
1981 Christopher Cross
1985 Cyndi Lauper
1989 Tracy Chapman
1991 Mariah Carey
1998 Paula Cole
2002 India.Arie
2008 Amy Winehouse
2013 Fun.
2015 Sam Smith

Youngest nominees

Leah Peasall of the Peasall sisters is the youngest ever Grammy nominee (and winner) as one of the credited artists on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? (soundtrack) in 2002. [4] Deleon Richards is the youngest performer to receive an individual nomination, for Best Soul/Gospel performance. [11]

RankAgeArtist
18 yearsLeah Peasall
28 years, 161 days Deleon Richards
311 yearsHannah Peasall
412 years, 126 days Zac Hanson
512 years, 155 days Joey Alexander
612 years, 199 days Michael Jackson
712 years, 234 days Kelvin Grant
812 years, 273 days Billy Gilman
914 years, 45 days Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith
1014 years, 140 days Marie Osmond
1114 years, 182 days LeAnn Rimes
1214 yearsSarah Peasall
1314 years, 197 days Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly
1414 years, 313 days Luis Miguel
1514 years, 348 days Taylor Hanson

See also

Notes

  1. Includes 9 awards as part of The Beatles
  2. Includes 14 awards as part of Union Station
  3. Includes 3 awards as part of Destiny's Child and one award as part of The Carters
  4. Includes 7 awards as part of Lady Antebellum
  5. Includes 41 nominations as part of The Beatles
  6. Includes 3 nominations as part of The Carters
  7. Includes 13 nominations as part of Destiny's Child and 3 nominations as part of The Carters

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55th Annual Grammy Awards event held on February 10, 2013

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 10, 2013, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The show was broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT and was hosted for the second time by LL Cool J. The "Pre-Telecast Ceremony" was streamed live from LA's Nokia Theater at the official Grammy website. Nominations were announced on December 5, 2012 on prime-time television as part of "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live! – Countdown to Music's Biggest Night", a one-hour special co-hosted by LL Cool J & Taylor Swift and broadcast live on CBS from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Fun, Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Dan Auerbach received the most nominations with six each, all of whom were male artists.

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