Grammy Award records

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Throughout the 56 year 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).

All records are as of the 2014 Grammy Awards.

Awards[edit]

Most Grammys won[edit]

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

RankArtistAwards
1Sir Georg Solti31
2Quincy Jones27
Alison Krauss
4Pierre Boulez26
5Vladimir Horowitz25
6U222
Stevie Wonder
8Kanye West21
John Williams
10Chick Corea20
Vince Gill
Henry Mancini
Pat Metheny
Bruce Springsteen
Al Schmitt
16Jay-Z19
17Sir Paul McCartney18
Aretha Franklin
Jimmy Sturr
20Beyoncé17
Ray Charles
Eric Clapton
Yo-Yo Ma

Most Grammys won by a male artist[edit]

Sir Georg Solti had won a total of 31 Grammy Awards.

RankArtistAwards
1Sir Georg Solti31
2Quincy Jones27
3Pierre Boulez26
4Vladimir Horowitz25
5Stevie Wonder22
6Kanye West21
John Williams
8Chick Corea20
Vince Gill
Henry Mancini
Pat Metheny
Bruce Springsteen
Al Schmitt
14Jay-Z19
15Jimmy Sturr18
Sir Paul McCartney
17Ray Charles17
Eric Clapton
Yo-Yo Ma
20Tony Bennett16
Leonard Bernstein
Sting

Most Grammys won by a female artist[edit]

Alison Krauss has, as a solo artist, collaborator and producer, won 27 Grammy Awards.[2]

RankArtistAwards
1Alison Krauss[note 1]27
2Aretha Franklin18
3Beyoncé[note 2]17
4Alicia Keys15
5Ella Fitzgerald13
Leontyne Price
Emmylou Harris
8Shirley Caesar11
9Adele10
Chaka Khan
Bonnie Raitt
Linda Ronstadt
Cece Winans
14Mary J. Blige9
Natalie Cole
Sheryl Crow
Norah Jones

Most Grammys won by a group[edit]

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

RankArtistsAwards
1U222
2Alison Krauss and Union Station14
3Dixie Chicks13
4Foo Fighters11
5Pat Metheny Group10
6Blackwood Brothers8
Metallica
Santana
Take 6
The Beatles
11Coldplay7
Kentucky Thunder
Lady Antebellum
Simon & Garfunkel
15The 5th Dimension6
The Black Eyed Peas
The Chieftains
The Eagles
Earth, Wind & Fire
Outkast
The Police
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Daft Punk

Most Grammys won by a producer[edit]

Quincy Jones with 27 awards holds the record for most Grammy Awards won by a producer (although only eleven of them were actually awarded for production duties. Jones also received Grammys as an arranger or a performing artist). Some producers have also won awards as engineers, mixers and/or mastering engineers.

RankProducerAwards
1Quincy Jones27
2Kanye West21
3David Foster16
4Steven Epstein14
Phil Ramone
6T Bone Burnett13
David Frost
8Jay David Saks12
9Arif Mardin11
10Babyface9

Most Grammys won by an engineer or mixer[edit]

Al Schmitt with 23 awards, has won more Grammy Awards than any other engineer or mixer.

Youngest winners[edit]

The Peasall sisters are the youngest Grammy winners, when they were credited artists on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? (soundtrack), that won Album of the Year in 2002.[3] 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.

RankAgeArtist
17 yearsLeah Peasall
29 yearsHannah Peasall
313 yearsSarah Peasall
414 years, 182 daysLeAnn Rimes
514 years, 313 daysLuis Miguel
617 years, 81 daysLorde
718 years, 123 daysMonica
819 years, 67 daysChristina Aguilera
919 years, 150 daysAlison Krauss
1019 years, 156 daysJoss Stone
1119 years, 170 daysBeyoncé
1219 years, 356 daysRihanna
1320 years, 13 daysBrandy

Youngest artists to win Album of the Year[edit]

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

RankAgeArtist
120 years, 49 daysTaylor Swift
221 years, 242 daysAlanis Morissette
322 years, 18 daysBarbra Streisand
423 years, 274 daysLauryn Hill
523 years, 283 daysAdele
623 years, 293 daysStevie Wonder
723 years, 330 daysNorah Jones

Oldest winners[edit]

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. He recorded the album with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith.

RankAgeArtist
197 years, 221 daysPinetop Perkins
295 years, 31 daysGeorge Burns
390 years, 52 daysElizabeth Cotten
490 years, 26 daysBetty 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[edit]

Santana's Supernatural and U2's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb hold the record for most honored 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 & ArtistsAwards
1How to Dismantle an Atomic BombU29
SupernaturalSantana
3Come Away With MeNorah Jones8
Genius Loves CompanyRay Charles
ThrillerMichael Jackson
621Adele7
All That You Can't Leave BehindU2
8Back on the BlockQuincy Jones6
Back To BlackAmy Winehouse
The Blueprint 3Jay-Z
Bridge Over Troubled WaterSimon & Garfunkel
Raising SandRobert Plant & Alison Krauss
The Return of Roger MillerRoger Miller
Taking the Long WayDixie Chicks
Toto IVToto
UnpluggedEric Clapton

Most Album of the Year wins[edit]

The record for most Album of the Year wins is three. Three recording artists and three record producers have won the award three times.

Year Third Award WonArtist/Producer
1967Frank Sinatra
1977Stevie Wonder
1987Paul Simon
1997David Foster
2005Phil Ramone
2006Daniel Lanois

Most Grammys won for consecutive albums[edit]

Pat Metheny and his band the Pat Metheny Group have won 20 Grammy Awards in total, including seven consecutive awards for seven consecutive albums.[4] 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[edit]

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 4 years in a row (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002).

Artists who have won all four General Field awards[edit]

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.[5] Adele is the second artist to win all four. In 2009 she won Best New Artist and three years later in 2012 she won Record, Album and Song of the Year.

Single ceremony[edit]

Most Grammys won in one night[edit]

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.

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

Most Grammys won by a male artist in one night[edit]

Michael Jackson won eight awards in 1984.

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

Most Grammys won by a female artist in one night[edit]

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

Most Grammys won by a group in one night[edit]

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
1Santana (2000)8
2Toto (1983)5
U2 (2006)
Dixie Chicks (2007)
Lady Antebellum (2011)
Foo Fighters (2012)

Most Grammys won by a record producer in one night[edit]

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[edit]

The most Grammys won by an engineer or mixer in one night is five. At the 47th Annual Grammy Awards in 2005, Al Schmitt won Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Engineer Album, Non Classical and Best Surround Sound Album for his work on Ray Charles's Genius Loves Company.

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

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.[6]

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

The three biggest Grammy Awards are Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Six artists have won all three in one night.

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

Most Grammys won by an album in one night[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Most Grammy nominations[edit]

Quincy Jones holds the record for the most Grammy nominations with 79.[7]

RankArtistNominations
1Quincy Jones79
2Georg Solti74
3Jay-Z64
4Chick Corea61
John Williams
6Beyoncé53
Kanye West
8David Foster47
U2
10Dolly Parton46
Bruce Springsteen
12Eminem42
Alison Krauss
Barbra Streisand
15Vince Gill41

Most nominations in one night[edit]

Michael Jackson holds the record for most Grammy nominations in one night with 12 nominations.

RankArtistNominations
1Michael Jackson (1984)12
2Lauryn Hill (1999)10
Kanye West (2005)
Beyoncé (2010)
Eminem (2011)
6Jay-Z (2014)9

Most nominations without winning[edit]

The record for most Grammy nominations without a win is 16, jointly held by Brian McKnight and Snoop Dogg.

RankArtistNominations
1Brian McKnight16
Snoop Dogg
3Joe Satriani15
4Martina McBride14
5Björk13
Nas
8Diana Ross12
Spyro Gyra
10Megadeth11
Musiq Soulchild
Busta Rhymes
Connie Smith
Vanessa L. Williams
Jazmine Sullivan
Katy Perry
16Dierks Bentley10
Me'Shell Ndegeocello
Alan Parsons
19Jamey Johnson9
Tanya Tucker

Most nominations in one night without winning[edit]

India.Arie received seven nominations in 2002 winning none. She lost Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song & Best R&B Album to Alicia Keys. She lost Record of the Year to U2 and Album of the Year to the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. In 2014, Kendrick Lamar receiving 7 nominations, including Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, and Album of the Year without winning. He lost the majority of his awards to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

RankArtistNominations
1India.Arie (2002)7
Kendrick Lamar (2014)
3Mariah Carey (1996)6
50 Cent (2006)
Bruno Mars (2012)
6Joan Osborne (1996)5
Avril Lavigne (2003)
50 Cent (2004)
Alicia Keys (2006)
Gwen Stefani (2006)
James Blunt (2007)
Jazmine Sullivan (2009)
B.o.B (2011)
Lil Wayne (2012)
Drake (2014)

Grammy nominations in the most categories[edit]

Béla Fleck has been nominated in more categories than any other musician. He has been nominated in the country, pop, jazz, bluegrass, classical, folk, and spoken word, as well as composition and arranging categories.

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

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

YearArtist
1968Bobbie Gentry
1980Christopher Cross
1985Cyndi Lauper
1989Tracy Chapman
1991Mariah Carey
1998Paula Cole
2002India.Arie
2008Amy Winehouse
2013Fun.
2015Sam Smith

Youngest nominees[edit]

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.[3] Deleon Richards is the youngest performer to receive an individual nomination, for Best Soul/Gospel performance.[8]

RankAgeArtist
17 yearsLeah Peasall
28 years, 161 daysDeleon Richards
39 yearsHannah Peasall
412 years, 126 daysZac Hanson
512 years, 199 daysMichael Jackson
612 years, 273 daysBilly Gilman
713 yearsSarah Peasall
814 years, 45 daysChris "Daddy Mac" Smith
914 years, 182 daysLeAnn Rimes
1014 years, 197 daysChris "Mac Daddy" Kelly
1114 years, 313 daysLuis Miguel
1214 years, 348 daysTaylor Hanson

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes 17 awards as part of Union Station
  2. ^ Includes 3 awards as part of Destiny's Child

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