Grammy Award records

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Throughout the 57-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 2015 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 competitive Grammy Awards out of 74 nominations and was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.[1]

Rank Artist Awards
1 Sir Georg Solti 31
2 Quincy Jones 27
Alison Krauss
4 Pierre Boulez 26
5 Vladimir Horowitz 25
6 U2 22
John Williams
Stevie Wonder
Chick Corea
10 Kanye West 21
Jay-Z
12 Vince Gill 20
Henry Mancini
Pat Metheny
Bruce Springsteen
Al Schmitt
Beyoncé
18 Sir Paul McCartney 18
Aretha Franklin
Jimmy Sturr
Tony Bennett
22 Ray Charles 17
Eric Clapton
Yo-Yo Ma

Most Grammys won by a male artist[edit]

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

Rank Artist Awards
1 Sir Georg Solti 31
2 Quincy Jones 27
3 Pierre Boulez 26
4 Vladimir Horowitz 25
5 Stevie Wonder 22
Chick Corea
John Williams
8 Kanye West 21
Jay-Z
10 Vince Gill 20
Henry Mancini
Pat Metheny
Bruce Springsteen
Al Schmitt
15 Jimmy Sturr 18
Paul McCartney
Tony Bennett
18 Ray Charles 17
Eric Clapton
Yo-Yo Ma
21 Leonard Bernstein 16
Sting

Most Grammys won by a female artist[edit]

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

Rank Artist Awards
1 Alison Krauss[note 1] 27
2 Beyoncé [note 2] 20
3 Aretha Franklin 18
4 Alicia Keys 15
5 Ella Fitzgerald 13
Leontyne Price
Emmylou Harris
8 Shirley Caesar 11
9 Adele 10
Chaka Khan
Bonnie Raitt
Linda Ronstadt
Cece Winans
14 Mary J. Blige 9
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.

Rank Artists Awards
1 U2 22
2 Alison Krauss and Union Station 14
3 Dixie Chicks 13
4 Foo Fighters 11
5 Pat Metheny Group 10
6 The Manhattan Transfer 9
7 Blackwood Brothers 8
Metallica
Santana
Take 6
The Beatles
11 Coldplay 7
Kentucky Thunder
Lady Antebellum
Simon & Garfunkel
15 The 5th Dimension 6
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 (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.

Rank Producer Awards
1 Quincy Jones 27
2 Kanye West 21
3 David Foster 16
4 Steven Epstein 14
Phil Ramone
6 T Bone Burnett 13
David Frost
8 Jay David Saks 12
9 Arif Mardin 11
10 Babyface 9

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.

Rank Age Artist
1 7 years Leah Peasall
2 9 years Hannah Peasall
3 13 years Sarah Peasall
4 14 years, 182 days LeAnn Rimes
5 14 years, 313 days Luis Miguel
6 17 years, 81 days Lorde
7 18 years, 123 days Monica
8 19 years, 67 days Christina Aguilera
9 19 years, 150 days Alison Krauss
10 19 years, 156 days Joss Stone
11 19 years, 170 days Beyoncé
12 19 years, 356 days Rihanna
13 20 years, 13 days Brandy

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.

Rank Age Artist
1 20 years, 49 days Taylor Swift
2 21 years, 242 days Alanis Morissette
3 22 years, 18 days Barbra Streisand
4 23 years, 274 days Lauryn Hill
5 23 years, 283 days Adele
6 23 years, 293 days Stevie Wonder
7 23 years, 330 days Norah 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.

Rank Age Artist
1 97 years, 221 days Pinetop Perkins
2 95 years, 31 days George Burns
3 90 years, 52 days Elizabeth Cotten
4 90 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[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.

Rank Albums & Artists Awards
1 How to Dismantle an Atomic BombU2 9
SupernaturalSantana
3 Come Away With MeNorah Jones 8
Genius Loves CompanyRay Charles
ThrillerMichael Jackson
6 21Adele 7
All That You Can't Leave BehindU2
8 Back on the BlockQuincy Jones 6
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
Unforgettable... with Love--Natalie Cole
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 Won Artist/Producer
1967 Frank Sinatra
1977 Stevie Wonder
1987 Paul Simon
1997 David Foster
2005 Phil Ramone
2006 Daniel 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, and the first female to do so. 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.

Rank Artist(s) Awards
1 Michael Jackson (1984) 8
Santana (2000)
3 Roger 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.

Rank Artist(s) Awards
1 Michael Jackson (1984) 8
2 Roger 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.

Rank Artist Awards
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)

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.

Rank Artists Awards
1 Santana (2000) 8
2 Toto (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.

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

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]

Rank Artist Nominations
1 Quincy Jones 79
2 Georg Solti 74
3 Jay-Z 64
4 Chick Corea 61
John Williams
6 Beyoncé[note 3] 53
Kanye West
8 David Foster 47
U2
10 Dolly Parton 46
Bruce Springsteen
12 Eminem 42
Alison Krauss
Barbra Streisand
15 Vince Gill 41
16 Sting 38

Most nominations in one night[edit]

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

Rank Artist Nominations
1 Michael Jackson (1984) 12
2 Lauryn Hill (1999) 10
Kanye West (2005)
Beyoncé (2010)
Eminem (2011)
6 Jay-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, followed by the likes of Joe Satriani, Martina McBride, Katy Perry, Diana Ross and others.

Rank Artist Nominations
1 Brian McKnight 16
Snoop Dogg
2 Joe Satriani 15
4 Martina McBride 14
5 Björk 13
Nas
Katy Perry
8 Diana Ross 12
Spyro Gyra
Dierks Bentley
Busta Rhymes
12 Megadeth 11
Musiq Soulchild
Connie Smith
Vanessa L. Williams
Jazmine Sullivan
17 Tanya Tucker 10
Me'Shell Ndegeocello
Alan Parsons
Jamey Johnson

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.

Rank Artist Nominations
1 India.Arie (2002) 7
Kendrick Lamar (2014)
3 Mariah Carey (1996) 6
50 Cent (2006)
Bruno Mars (2012)
6 Joan 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.

Year Artist
1968 Bobbie Gentry
1980 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[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]

Rank Age Artist
1 7 years Leah Peasall
2 8 years, 161 days Deleon Richards
3 9 years Hannah Peasall
4 12 years, 126 days Zac Hanson
5 12 years, 199 days Michael Jackson
6 12 years, 273 days Billy Gilman
7 13 years Sarah Peasall
8 14 years, 45 days Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith
9 14 years, 182 days LeAnn Rimes
10 14 years, 197 days Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly
11 14 years, 313 days Luis Miguel
12 14 years, 348 days Taylor 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
  3. ^ Includes 13 nominations as part of Destiny's Child

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