List of awards and nominations received by Earth, Wind, & Fire

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List of Earth, Wind, & Fire awards
Earth, Wind & Fire performing at the opening ceremony of the 2008 US Open on August 25th, 2008.
Award Won
Grammy Awards
7
American Music Awards
4
Berklee College of Music
Doctor of Music
Songwriter's Hall of Fame
Inductee
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Inductee
Vocal Group Hall of Fame
Inductee

This page includes the achievements, nominations and awards of the band Earth, Wind, & Fire.

Earth, Wind & Fire is an American R&B band formed in Chicago, Illinois, in 1969 and led by founder Maurice White. Also known as EWF or the Elements of the Universe, the band has won six Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards. They have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.[1][2] They have sold over 90 million albums worldwide earning them a place on the list of best-selling music artists where they are ranked as the seventh best selling American band of all time.[3][4] Rolling Stone Magazine has described Earth, Wind & Fire as "innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing" and has also declared that the band "changed the sound of black pop".[5] Earth, Wind & Fire were also ranked at number 60 on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.[6]

The band's music contains elements of African music, Latin music, funk, disco, soul, jazz, pop, rock, and other genres. The band is known for the dynamic sound of their horn section and the interplay between the contrasting vocals of Philip Bailey's falsetto and Maurice White's tenor.[7] The kalimba (African thumb piano) is played on all of the band's albums.[8]

American Music Awards[edit]

The American Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony created by Dick Clark in 1973. Earth, Wind, & Fire has won four awards from twelve nominations.[9]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1975 Earth, Wind, & Fire Favorite Soul, R&B Band, Duo or Group Won
Favorite Pop, Rock Band, Duo or Group Nominated
That's The Way Of The World Favorite Soul/R&B Album Nominated
1976 Earth, Wind, & Fire Favorite Soul, R&B Band, Duo or Group Won
Favorite Pop, Rock Band, Duo or Group Nominated
That's The Way Of The World Favorite Soul/R&B Album Nominated
Spirit Favorite Soul/R&B Album Nominated
1977 Earth, Wind, & Fire Favorite Soul, R&B Band, Duo or Group Won
1978 Earth, Wind, & Fire Favorite Soul, R&B Band, Duo or Group Won
All 'N All Favorite Soul/R&B Album Nominated
1979 Earth, Wind, & Fire Favorite Soul, R&B Band, Duo or Group Nominated
1980 Earth, Wind, & Fire Favorite Soul, R&B Band, Duo or Group Won

BET Awards[edit]

The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year. On June 25, 2002 Earth, Wind & Fire received the BET Lifetime Achievement Award.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2002 Earth, Wind & Fire Lifetime Achievement Award Won

Grammy Awards[edit]

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States. Earth, Wind, & Fire has received 6 awards from 17 nominations.[9] In 2016 they were the recipients of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1975 "Shining Star" Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Won
1976 Gratitude Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated
"Can't Hide Love" Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s Nominated
1978 All 'N All Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Won
"Got to Get You into My Life" Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated
"Runnin'" Best R&B Instrumental Performance Won
1979 "Boogie Wonderland" Best Disco Recording Nominated
Best R&B Instrumental Performance Won
"After the Love Has Gone" Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Won
Record of the Year Nominated
1981 Let's Groove" Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated
1982 "Wanna Be With You" Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Won
1983 "Fall in Love with Me" Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated
1993 "Sunday Morning" Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated
2003 "Hold Me" Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
2004 "Show Me the Way" feat. Raphael Saadiq Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated
2005 Illumination Best R&B Album Nominated
2016 Earth, Wind & Fire Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Won

Hollywood Walk of Fame[edit]

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood, California, with more than 2,000 five-pointed stars to honor artists for their achievement in the entertainment industry. Earth, Wind & Fire received a star on September 14, 1995. It is located at 7080 Hollywood Blvd. [10]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1995 Earth, Wind & Fire Recipient Won

NAACP Image Award[edit]

An NAACP Image Award is an accolade presented by the American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to honor outstanding people of color in film, television, music, and literature. Earth, Wind & Fire has received 1 nomination. In 1994 they received the Hall of Fame Award.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1994 Earth, Wind & Fire Hall of Fame Award Won
2006 Earth, Wind & Fire Outstanding Duo or Group Nominated

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame[edit]

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a museum located on the shores of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States, dedicated to the recording history of some of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, and other people who have influenced the music industry.[11] Earth, Wind & Fire was inducted on March 6, 2000.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2000 Earth, Wind & Fire Inducted Won

Songwriter's Hall of Fame[edit]

Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White, Phillip Bailey, Verdine White, Al McKay and Larry Dunn were inducted on June 17, 2010.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2010 Earth, Wind & Fire Inducted Won

Soul Train Music Awards[edit]

The Soul Train Music Awards is an annual award show which previously aired in national television syndication, and honors the best in Black music and entertainment. Earth, Wind & Fire has received 4 nominations. In 2011 they were the recipient of the Legend Award.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1988 Touch the World Album of the Year - Group or Band Nominated
1988 System of Survival Best Single, Group or Band Nominated
1994 Millennium R&B Album of the Year, by Group, Band or Duo Nominated
2006 Illumination R&B Album of the Year, by Group, Band or Duo Nominated
2011 Earth, Wind & Fire Legend Award Won

Vocal Group Hall of Fame[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2003 Earth, Wind & Fire Inducted Won

Other awards[edit]

  • First black performers to receive Madison Square Garden's Gold Ticket Award for selling more than 100,000 tickets.
  • First black performers to receive the Columbia Records Crystal Globe Award for selling more than five million albums in foreign markets.
  • On Monday, June 17, 2002 Earth Wind & Fire received the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award.
  • Earth, Wind & Fire were inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk on Monday, July 7, 2003
  • On Tuesday June 8, 2004 Earth, Wind & Fire received the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Signature Governor's Award by the Los Angeles chapter of the Academy.
  • In 2004 the album "That's the Way of the World" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame [12]
  • In 2007 "Shining Star" was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame
  • On May 10, 2008 Maurice White and Philip Bailey received honorary doctorates from the Berklee College of Music.[13]
  • On May 18, 2008 Maurice White, Ralph Johnson, Philip Bailey and Verdine White each received an honorary degree from the Arts and

Media College at Columbia College Chicago during the college's 2008 commencement exercises.[14]

  • In 2009 Earth, Wind & Fire won the Entertainer Award at the 2009 TV Land Awards and the Daniel L. Stephenson Humanitarian Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music at the 15th Temecula Valley International Film Festival.
  • In 2012 Earth, Wind & Fire were the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Trumpet Awards.
  • In 2012 Earth, Wind & Fire received Major League Baseball's Beacon of Change award at the Beacon Awards Banquet.[15]

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