Grammy Award records
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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).
All the records are as of the 2017 Grammy Awards.
Most Grammys wonEdit
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.
Most Grammys won by a male artistEdit
Georg Solti had won a total of 31 Grammy Awards.
Most Grammys won by a female artistEdit
Alison Krauss has, as a solo artist, collaborator and producer, won 27 Grammy Awards.
|1||Alison Krauss[note 1]||27|
|15||Mary J. Blige||9|
|Hillary Scott[note 3]|
Most Grammys won by a groupEdit
U2 holds the record for most Grammy Awards won by a group. They have won 22 awards.
|2||Alison Krauss and Union Station||14|
|5||Pat Metheny Group||10|
|6||The Manhattan Transfer||9|
|Emerson String Quartet|
|Asleep At The Wheel|
|Simon & Garfunkel|
|Los Tigres del Norte|
Most Grammys won by a producerEdit
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.
|8||T Bone Burnett||13|
|Jay David Saks|
Most Grammys won by an engineer or mixerEdit
Al Schmitt, with 20 awards, has won more Grammy Awards than any other engineer or mixer.
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. 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.
|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, 105 days||Daya|
|8||18 years, 123 days||Monica|
|9||19 years, 67 days||Christina Aguilera|
|10||19 years, 112 days||LaTavia Roberson|
Youngest artists to win Album of the YearEdit
|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|
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.
|1||97 years, 221 days||Pinetop Perkins|
|2||95 years, 31 days||George Burns|
|3||91 years, 137 days||Jimmy Carter|
|4||90 years, 52 days||Elizabeth Cotten|
|5||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 albumsEdit
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.
Most Album of the Year winsEdit
The record for most Album of the Year wins is three. Three recording artists, four record producers, two mastering engineers and one engineer/mixer have won the award three times.
- Frank Sinatra, artist — Come Dance with Me! (1960), September of My Years (1966), A Man and His Music (1967)
- Stevie Wonder, artist — Innervisions (1974), Fulfillingness' First Finale (1975), Songs in the Key of Life (1977)
- Paul Simon, artist — Bridge over Troubled Water (1971), Still Crazy After All These Years (1976), Graceland (1987)
- David Foster, producer — Unforgettable… with Love (1992), The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album (1994), Falling into You (1997)
- Phil Ramone, producer — Still Crazy After All These Years (1976), 52nd Street (1980), Genius Loves Company (2005)
- Daniel Lanois, producer — The Joshua Tree (1988), Time out of Mind (1998), How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2006)
- Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer — Babel (2013), Random Access Memories (2014), Morning Phase (2015)
- Tom Coyne, mastering engineer — 21 (2012), 1989 (2016), 25 (2017)
- Tom Elmhirst, engineer/mixer — 21 (2012), Morning Phase (2015), 25 (2017)
- Ryan Tedder, producer — 21 (2012), 1989 (2016), 25 (2017)
Most Record of the Year winsEdit
The record for most wins, three each, is shared by:
Most Grammys won for consecutive albumsEdit
Pat Metheny and his band the Pat Metheny Group have won 20 Grammy Awards in total, including seven consecutive awards for seven consecutive albums. Metheny held the record for Grammy wins in the most different categories as of the 2005 Grammy Awards:
- Best Jazz Fusion Performance (1983, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1990)
- Best Instrumental Composition (1991)
- Best Contemporary Jazz Performance/Album (1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2005)
- Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual or Group (1998, 2000, 2013)
- Best Rock Instrumental Performance (1999)
- Best Jazz Instrumental Solo (2001)
- Best New Age Album (2004, 2012)
Most consecutive Grammys won for the same categoryEdit
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.
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.
Artists who have won all four General Field awardsEdit
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. 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.
Most Grammys won in one nightEdit
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.
|1||Michael Jackson (1984)||8|
|3||Roger Miller (1966)||6|
|Quincy Jones (1991)|
|Eric Clapton (1993)|
Most Grammys won by a male artist in one nightEdit
Michael Jackson won eight awards in 1984.
|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 nightEdit
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.
|3||Lauryn Hill (1999)||5|
|Alicia Keys (2002)|
|Norah Jones (2003)|
|Amy Winehouse (2008)|
|Alison Krauss (2009)|
Most Grammys won by a group in one nightEdit
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.
|3||Simon & Garfunkel (1971)||5|
|Dixie Chicks (2007)|
|Lady Antebellum (2011)|
|Foo Fighters (2012)|
Most Grammys won by a record producer in one nightEdit
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 nightEdit
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 ceremonyEdit
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.
Artists who have won Record, Album and Song of the Year in one nightEdit
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. Adele is the only artist in Grammy history to accomplish this twice.
Most Grammys won by an album in one nightEdit
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 nightEdit
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.
Most Grammy nominationsEdit
|2||Paul McCartney[note 4]||78|
|13||Bruce Springsteen[note 6]||51|
|Jay David Saks|
|15||Bono[note 7][note 6]||50|
|Thomas Z. Shepard|
Most nominations in one nightEdit
Michael Jackson holds the record for most Grammy nominations in one night with 12 nominations.
|The Manhattan Transfer||1986|
Most nominations without winningEdit
The record for most Grammy nominations without a win is 20, held by Morten Lindberg.
|Vanessa L. Williams|
|R. Carlos Nakai|
Most nominations in one night without winningEdit
|1||Paul McCartney (1966)||9|
|2||Kanye West (2017)||8|
|4||Stevie Wonder (1983)||7|
|Kendrick Lamar (2014)|
|7||Henry Mancini (1959)||6|
|Mariah Carey (1996)|
|50 Cent (2006)|
|Bruno Mars (2012)|
|11||Robert M. Jones (1961)||5|
|Elvis Presley (1961)|
|Frank Sinatra (1961)|
|James Taylor (1971)|
|Eugene Ormandy (1971)|
|Joan Osborne (1996)|
|Avril Lavigne (2003)|
|50 Cent (2004)|
|Alicia Keys (2006)|
|Gwen Stefani (2006)|
|James Blunt (2007)|
|Jazmine Sullivan (2009)|
|Lil Wayne (2012)|
|Drake (2014, 2016)|
Grammy nominations in the most categoriesEdit
Bob Dylan has been nominated in more categories than any other musician. He has been nominated in 13 different categories. These were in folk, spoken word, country, general, gospel, historical, rock, music video, visual media, pop, american roots, and most recently traditional. He is followed by Sir Paul McCartney who has received nomination in the general field, pop, arrangement, rock, visual media, music video, spoken word, historical, alternative music and rap. Béla Fleck is the artist with the third most nominations among categories. He has been nominated in the country, pop, jazz, bluegrass, world music, classical, folk, and spoken word, as well as composition and arranging categories.
Jackson siblings Michael and Janet are tied for the fourth most nominations in the most categories with nominations in seven different categories, they have received nominations in the general field and other categories. See list of awards and nominations received by Michael and Janet.
Artists who had been nominated for all four General Field awards in one nightEdit
Only ten artists have been nominated for all four General Field awards in one night.
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. Deleon Richards is the youngest performer to receive an individual nomination, for Best Soul/Gospel performance.
|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, 155 days||Joey Alexander|
|6||12 years, 199 days||Michael Jackson|
|7||12 years, 273 days||Billy Gilman|
|8||13 years||Sarah Peasall|
|9||14 years, 45 days||Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith|
|10||14 years, 182 days||LeAnn Rimes|
|11||14 years, 197 days||Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly|
|12||14 years, 313 days||Luis Miguel|
|13||14 years, 348 days||Taylor Hanson|
- Includes 14 awards as part of Union Station
- Includes 3 awards as part of Destiny's Child
- Includes 7 awards as part of Lady Antebellum
- Includes 41 nominations as part of The Beatles
- Includes 13 nominations as part of Destiny's Child
- Includes 2 nominations as part of Artists United Against Apartheid
- Includes 47 nominations as part of U2
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