8 Popular Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

The wait is almost over; the 2023 Grammy nominations will be unveiled in less than 48 hours! Beyoncé, Silk Sonic, and Adele were expected to score nominations, but Bruno Mars revealed that he withdrew their album ‘An Evening With Silk Sonic’ from consideration for the 2023 Grammy Awards. Beyoncé is already the most Grammy-award-winning female artist of all time, while her husband Jay-Z, with 83 Grammy nods, is the most-nominated person of all time. What new records will be broken this year? We shall soon find out.

Every year, fans are disappointed about how their favorite song, album, or artist didn’t win a Grammy or was “snubbed.” Meanwhile, some artists haven’t won a single Grammy award despite their memorable hits, garnering millions of streams, and many nominations under their belt. Below is a list of artists you’d be surprised to know haven’t won a Grammy yet.

Diana Ross

Diana Ross shot to stardom as the lead singer of the 1960s American girl group The Supremes. Her first Grammy nomination came when she was still a part of The Supremes. It was for their song ‘Baby Love’ for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording at the 1965 Grammy Awards. After embarking on a successful solo career, she received a Best Contemporary Vocal Performance, Female Grammy nod for ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ at the 1971 Grammy Awards.

At the 24th annual Grammy awards, she bagged two Grammy nominations for ‘Endless Love’ (which stayed atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart for six weeks) they were – Record Of The Year, and Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, but she lost both. The first was awarded to Kim Carnes’ ‘Bette Davis Eyes’ and the latter to The Manhattan Transfer for ‘The Boy from New York City’. Diana Ross scored twelve Grammy nominations in her career.

ABBA 

One of the most popular groups of all time, ABBA received their first-ever Grammy nod nearly 50 years after they were formed in 1972. They were nominated for Record of the Year at the 2022 Grammy Awards for their single ‘I Still Have Faith In You’, the opening track on their 2021 album ‘Voyage’.

‘Freedom (Jon Batiste), ‘Peaches’ (Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Ceasar and Giveon), ‘Happier Than Ever’ (Billie Eilish), ‘Leave the Door Open’ (Silk Sonic), ‘Right On Time’ (Brandi Carlile), ‘Drivers License’ (Olivia Rodrigo), ‘I Get a Kick Out of You’ (Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga), ‘Kiss Me More’ (Doja Cat feat. SZA), and ‘Montero (Call Me by Your Name)’ (Lil Nas X) were also nominated in the record of the year category alongside ABBA, which was won by Silk Sonic for their hit song ‘Leave the Door Open’.

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg is a sixteen-time Grammy-nominated rapper. His first Best Rap Solo Performance Grammy nomination came at the 37th Annual Grammy Awards for ‘Gin and Juice’ but he lost the award to Queen Latifah for ‘U.N.I.T.Y.’. His second Grammy nod in this category was for ‘Sexual Eruption’. Jay-Z, Nas, Lupe Fiasco, and Lil Wayne were also nominated for the Best Rap Solo Performance, with Lil Wayne taking home the prize. 

Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., better known as Snoop Dogg, also bagged a Best Reggae Album nomination for his twelfth studio album ‘Reincarnated’. He was up against Jamaican artists Sizzla, Ziggy Marley, Jamaican singer Beres Hammond, and Sly & Robbie and the Jam Masters for the award, which was awarded to Ziggy Marley for ‘Ziggy Marley In Concert’.

Busta Rhymes

Busta Rhymes was nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance at the Grammys four times consecutively, from the 39th annual Grammy awards to the 42nd annual Grammy awards for ‘Woo-Hah!! Got You All In Check’, ‘Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See’, ‘Dangerous’, and ‘Gimme Some More’, respectively, but unfortunately didn’t win any.

The twelve-time Grammy nominated artist last received the Best Rap Solo Performance Grammy nod for his song ‘Touch It’, but the award’s winner was T.I. for ‘What You Know’. He also scored the Best Short Form Music Video for his 2000 ‘Fire’.

Sia

The ‘Unstoppable’ singer Sia too hasn’t won a Grammy yet. She received nine Grammy nods in her career but didn’t add any to her collection of awards. She was first nominated for a Grammy in 2013 for ‘Wild Ones’, a song by Flo Rida she was featured on. Two years later, Sia was nominated for 4 Grammy awards (Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Music Video) for her hit song ‘Chandelier’.

One of her biggest hits ‘Cheap Thrills’ feat. Sean Paul, which was the no. 1 song on Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks, was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance along with ‘Closer’ (The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey), ‘Work’ (Rihanna feat. Drake), ‘Stressed Out’ (Twenty One Pilots’), and ‘7 Years’ (Lucas Graham). The winners of this award were Twenty One Pilots.

Tupac

Tupac scored two nominations the first year he was nominated at the Grammys. They were – Best Rap Solo Performance for ‘Dear Mama’, which was won by Coolio for ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’, and Best Rap Album for ‘Me Against The World’. He received another Best Rap Album nod the following year at the Grammys for his fourth studio album ‘All Eyez On Me’.

Tupac’s last Grammy nomination came at the 42nd Grammy Awards for ‘Changes’ in the Best Rap Solo Performance category. Other nominations in the category were ‘Vivrant Thing’ by Q-Tip, ‘My Name Is’ by Eminem, ‘Wild Wild West’ by Will Smith, and ‘Gimme Some More’ by Busta Rhymes. Eminem ended up taking this award home.

Katy Perry

Having sold over 45 million album units and 130 million singles, Katy Perry is one of the best-selling and most influential pop music artists. She rose to fame with her single ‘I Kissed A Girl’ for which she received her first Grammy nod for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. She scored another Grammy nomination in the same category in the following year for another hit ‘Hot N Cold’.

Then came her 2010 album ‘Teenage Dream’, which included her evergreen hits ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’, ‘Firework’, ‘California Gurls’, ‘Teenage Dream’, ‘E.T.’, and ‘The One That Got Away’. Of course, ‘Teenage Dream’ received a Grammy nomination for Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album but she lost these awards to the indie rock band Arcade Fire’s ‘The Suburbs’ and Lady Gaga’s ‘The Fame Monster’, respectively. The ‘Roar’ singer has received thirteen Grammy nominations in her career so far but surprisingly didn’t take home a single Grammy award (no, not even for her hits ‘Dark Horse’, ‘Roar’, and ‘Firework’).

Nicki Minaj

One of the most iconic rappers, Nicki Minaj, has not won a Grammy yet. She was nominated for Best Rap Album for ‘Pink Friday’ and ‘The Pinkprint’ at the 54th and 58th Grammy Awards, respectively. She lost the first to Kanye West for his fifth studio album, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’, and the second was awarded to Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’.

Nicki’s first Grammy nod came in 2011 for Ludacris’ song she was featured on (‘My Chick Bad’) as Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 2011 Grammy Awards. Her song ‘Anaconda’ was nominated as Best Rap Song, whose winner was Kendrick Lamar for ‘i’. She was also the Best New Artist nominee along with The Band Perry, Skrillex, Bon Iver, and J. Cole at the 54th Grammy awards. Bon Iver is the winner of this award.

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