Grammy Award records

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).

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 was music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for twenty-two years (1969-1991). He won 31 competitive Grammy Awards out of 74 nominations and was also awarded the first Grammy Trustees Award in 1967 and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.[1][2]

Rank Artist Awards
1Georg Solti31
2Quincy Jones28
3Alison Krauss[note 1]27
4Pierre Boulez26
5Vladimir Horowitz25
Stevie Wonder
7John Williams24
8Beyoncé[note 2]23
9U222
Chick Corea
Jay-Z
12Kanye West21
Vince Gill
14Henry Mancini20
Pat Metheny
Bruce Springsteen
Al Schmitt

Most Grammys won by a male artist

Georg Solti has won 31 Grammy Awards.

Rank Artist Awards
1Georg Solti31
2Quincy Jones28
3Pierre Boulez26
4Vladimir Horowitz25
Stevie Wonder
6John Williams24
7Chick Corea22
Jay-Z
9Kanye West21
Vince Gill
11Henry Mancini20
Pat Metheny
Al Schmitt
Bruce Springsteen
15Tony Bennett18
Jimmy Sturr
Yo-Yo Ma
Paul McCartney[note 3]

Most Grammys won by a female artist

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

Rank Artist Awards
1Alison Krauss[note 4]27
2Beyoncé[note 5]23
3Aretha Franklin18
4Adele15
Alicia Keys
6Ella Fitzgerald13
Emmylou Harris
Leontyne Price
9CeCe Winans12
10Shirley Caesar11
11Chaka Khan10
Bonnie Raitt
Linda Ronstadt
Taylor Swift
15Mary J. Blige9
Janis Siegel[note 6]
Natalie Cole
Sheryl Crow
Norah Jones
Rihanna
Hillary Scott[note 7]
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.

Rank Artists Awards
1U222
2Alison Krauss and Union Station14
3Dixie Chicks12
4Foo Fighters11
5Pat Metheny Group10
6Emerson String Quartet9
7Blackwood Brothers8
Manhattan Transfer
Santana
Asleep At The Wheel
Take 6
Metallica
13Simon & Garfunkel 7
The Beatles
Coldplay
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
Lady Antebellum
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.

Rank Producer Awards
1Quincy Jones28
2Kanye West21
3David Foster16
James Mallinson
David Frost
6Steven Epstein15
7Phil Ramone14
8T Bone Burnett13
Robert Woods
Jay David Saks
11Arif Mardin11

Most Grammys won by an engineer or mixer

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

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.

Rank Age Artist
18 yearsLeah Peasall
211 yearsHannah Peasall
314 yearsSarah Peasall
414 years, 182 daysLeAnn Rimes
514 years, 313 daysLuis Miguel
617 years, 80 daysLorde
718 years, 105 daysDaya
818 years, 123 daysMonica
919 years, 67 daysChristina Aguilera
1019 years, 112 daysLaTavia 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.

Rank Age Artist
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

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.

Rank Age Artist
197 years, 221 daysPinetop Perkins
295 years, 31 daysGeorge Burns
394 years, 132 daysJimmy Carter (2019)
491 years, 137 daysJimmy Carter (2016)
590 years, 52 daysElizabeth Cotten
690 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

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.

Rank Albums and 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 All That You Can't Leave BehindU2 7
Back on the BlockQuincy Jones
21Adele
24K MagicBruno Mars
10 Back to BlackAmy Winehouse 6
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
To Pimp a ButterflyKendrick Lamar
Toto IVToto
Unforgettable... with LoveNatalie Cole
UnpluggedEric Clapton
25Adele

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

Alison Krauss and Union Station and The Manhattan Transfer have won seven consecutive awards for seven consecutive studio albums.

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 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 Best Comedy Album.

Williams won six years in a row between 1978 and 1983 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 of the Year, Album of the Year 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 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.[6]

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

The record most Grammys won by a male artist in one night is eight. Michael Jackson won eight in 1984.

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

Rank Artist Awards
1Beyoncé (2010)6
Adele (2012)
3Lauryn 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

The record most Grammys won by a group artist in one night is eight. Santana won eight in 2000.

Rank Artists Awards
1Santana (2000)8
2Simon & 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 his work on the Dixie Chicks' Taking the Long Way, and Best Rock Album for the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Stadium Arcadium 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 Alternative Music Album, Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, 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 respectively.

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.[7]

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.

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

Most Grammys won by an album in one night

The most awards awarded to an album in one night is nine. At the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards 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 Vocal, 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 at the 47th Annual 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.[8][9]

Rank Artist Nominations
1 Quincy Jones 80
2 Paul McCartney[note 8] 78
3 Jay Z[note 9] 77
4 Georg Solti 74
Stevie Wonder
6 Henry Mancini 72
7 John Williams 71
8 Beyoncé[note 10] 70
9 Kanye West 69
10 Pierre Boulez 67
11 Chick Corea 65
12 Leonard Bernstein 63
13 Jay David Saks 53
14 Willie Nelson 52
15 Thomas Z. Shepard 50
Bruce Springsteen
17 James Mallinson 49
Babyface
Dolly Parton

Most nominations in one night

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

Rank Artist Nominations Year
1Michael Jackson121984
Babyface1997
3Kendrick Lamar112016
4Lauryn Hill101999
Kanye West2005
Beyoncé2010
Eminem2011
8Roger Miller91966
Paul McCartney1966
The Manhattan Transfer1986
Eric Clapton1993
Santana2000
Jay Z2014
Beyoncé2017

Most nominations without winning

The record for most Grammy nominations without a win is 28, held by Morten Lindberg.

Rank Artist Nominations
1Morten Lindberg28
2Snoop Dogg17
Brian McKnight
4Björk15
Joe Satriani
Fred Hersch
7Toshiko Akiyoshi14
Martina McBride
Dierks Bentley
Tanya Tucker
11Katy Perry13
Nas
Spyro Gyra
Musiq Soulchild
Marina Ledin
Victor Ledin
17Diana Ross12
Busta Rhymes
Ledisi
Lenny Gomulka
Keith Jarrett
Jazmine Sullivan

Most nominations in one night without winning

The record for most Grammy nominations without a win in one night is 9, held by Paul McCartney. Record was set in 1966.

Rank Artist Nominations
1Paul McCartney (1966) 9
2Kanye West (2017)8
Rihanna (2017)
Jay-Z (2018)
5Stevie Wonder (1983)7
India.Arie (2002)
Kendrick Lamar (2014)
8Henry Mancini (1959)6
Thomas Z. Shepard (1970)
Lionel Richie (1982)
David Foster (1986)
Mariah Carey (1996)
50 Cent (2006)
Bruno Mars (2012)
15Robert 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

Rank Artist Number Fields
1 Quincy Jones 15 General 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 11 General field, pop, arranging, rock, traditional, music for visual media, music video/film, spoken word, historical, alternative music and rap
3 David Foster 10 General 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 9 General 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 8 General 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 twelve artists have been nominated for all four General Field awards in one night.

Year Artist
1968Bobbie Gentry
1981Christopher Cross
1985Cyndi Lauper
1989Tracy Chapman
1991Mariah Carey
1998Paula Cole
2002India.Arie
2008Amy Winehouse
2013Fun.
2015Sam Smith
2020Billie Eilish
Lizzo

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.[10]

Rank Age Artist
18 yearsLeah Peasall
28 years, 161 daysDeleon Richards
311 yearsHannah Peasall
412 years, 126 daysZac Hanson
512 years, 155 daysJoey Alexander
612 years, 199 daysMichael Jackson
712 years, 234 daysKelvin Grant
812 years, 273 daysBilly Gilman
914 years, 45 daysChris "Daddy Mac" Smith
1014 years, 140 daysMarie Osmond
1114 years, 182 daysLeAnn Rimes
1214 yearsSarah Peasall
1314 years, 197 daysChris "Mac Daddy" Kelly
1414 years, 313 daysLuis Miguel
1514 years, 348 daysTaylor Hanson

See also

Notes

  1. Includes 14 awards as part of Union Station
  2. Includes 3 awards as part of Destiny's Child and one award as part of The Carters
  3. Includes 9 awards as part of The Beatles
  4. Includes 14 awards as part of Union Station
  5. Includes 3 awards as part of Destiny's Child and one award as part of The Carters
  6. Includes 8 awards as part of The Manhattan Transfer
  7. Includes 7 awards as part of Lady Antebellum
  8. Includes 41 nominations as part of The Beatles
  9. Includes 3 nominations as part of The Carters
  10. Includes 13 nominations as part of Destiny's Child and 3 nominations as part of The Carters

References

  1. "Georg Solti - Biography". Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  2. "WHO ARE THE TOP GRAMMY WINNERS OF ALL TIME?". Grammy.com. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  3. "U2 dominates Grammy night", CBC News, February 9, 2006. Retrieved 2008-01-07.
  4. "Past winners search 2001". Grammy.Com. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  5. 2003 Grammy Awards
  6. "Adele To Michael Jackson: Who's Won The Most GRAMMYs In A Night?". Grammy.com. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  7. "A Virtual College of Grammy Knowledge", by Wook Kim, Entertainment Weekly, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-07.
  8. "2008 NEA Jazz Master: Quincy Jones" Archived 2007-10-08 at the Wayback Machine, National Endowment for the Arts, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-07.
  9. "Artist With The Most Grammy Nominations for 2017". Billboard. December 6, 2016. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  10. Archived 2009-09-07 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved 2009-09-02.
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