Our incredibly-popular list of non-inductees gets updated with the likes of Justin Bieber, One Direction, and PSY. In honor of the 55th Grammy Awards, here are 55 artists that somehow never got honored...
And for fun, try searching a few artists on grammy.com's 'Past Winners' database, here.
1. Justin Bieber
2. One Direction
4. The Doors
6. Jimi Hendrix
7. Led Zeppelin*
8. The Who
9. Tupac Shakur
10. Snoop Dogg
12. Chuck Berry
13. The Grateful Dead
14. Diana Ross
16. The Beach Boys
17. Bob Marley
18. Janis Joplin
19. Buddy Holly
20. Notorious B.I.G.
21. (Eric B. &) Rakim
23. Run D.M.C.
24. Guns n' Roses
26. Sam Cooke
27. Talking Heads
28. The Ramones
29. The Everly Brothers
30. Patti Smith
31. Public Enemy
32. Sly & the Family Stone
33. The Sex Pistols
34. Parliament &/or Funkadelic
35. The O'Jays
36. Creedence Clearwater Revival
37. The Stooges
38. Motley Crue
40. Deep Purple
42. Jackson Browne
43. The Pretenders
45. New Order
46. Depeche Mode
48. The Kinks
50. The Smiths
52. Dusty Springfield
53. Teddy Pendergrass
55. Curtis Mayfield
56. The Byrds
57. ZZ Top
58. Dave Brubeck
*Both Page & Plant have separately won awards, but not as Led Zeppelin.
Vosto Monday, February 11, 2013
The real list is much bigger than that...
Visitor Monday, February 11, 2013
The real deal Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Winning a Grammy means you officially suck!
Matt Pincus Monday, February 11, 2013
The Clash . . . ??
Visitor Wednesday, February 20, 2013
2003 Grammy for Best Long Form Music Video for Westway to the World
Jeff Robinson Monday, February 11, 2013
95% of that list defy the 'classification' as a timeless classic, so it's understandable.
Visito Monday, February 11, 2013
I doubt Fun. will ever be a "timeless classic". All of those groups above had multiple #1s and are iconic artists.
Grizzly Bare Monday, February 11, 2013
I ask in all seriousness: what is the difference between fun. and One Direction, PSY and Justin Timberlake?
nfl Monday, February 11, 2013
One Direction has never won a GRAMMY?!? How can this be?! An atrocity...the GRAMMYS are out of touch. Meaningless. This is unjust. I'm crying in my coffee. I mean my milkshake. [Coca-cola? What do 9 year olds drink these days, Paul?]
paul Tuesday, February 12, 2013
One question at a time, @nfl...
Anon Monday, February 11, 2013
The Beach Boys actually received one for Best Historical Album at this years' awards. The award was for the re-issue of Smile, some 40 years after it was made. Better late than never!
jw Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The best commentary I've read on this subject is Steve Hyden's over at Grantland. Here's an exerpt...
Take the first Grammys show, back in 1959. The awards were set up to honor the best music of 1958, which ended up being a pretty unbelievable year: There was Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" and Jackie Wilson's "Lonely Teardrops" and Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues" and Link Wray's "Rumble." Seriously, that's just 10 minutes of what was momentous in '58. Three months before the inaugural ceremony, an airplane carrying two of music's brightest young stars — Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, plus novelty singer the Big Bopper, the Macklemore of his day — went down in Iowa, killing everybody onboard. You can only imagine how stirring the Grammy tribute was to those guys, in addition to the performances by all the future legends on the bill.
Oh, wait — none of those people was invited. There was no tearful ceremony for Holly and Valens. Instead, Domenico Modugno was honored in the Record and Song of the Year categories for "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)." The Album of the Year went to Henry Mancini for The Music From Peter Gunn. There were no awards for rock and roll or blues, but there were Children's Music and Comedy categories — Ross Bagdasarian Sr. won in both, for "The Chipmunk Song."
And that's basically how the Grammys has unfolded ever since. It is an inherently conservative enterprise. Expecting the Grammys to honor musical progressiveness is like griping about the lack of a sushi bar at Buffalo Wild Wings. What about the people who like Buffalo Wild Wings the way it is?
This next piece is actually from earlier in the article, but makes sense in this context...
We all know this. And yet it doesn't stop those same reasonable, intelligent individuals from becoming emotionally engaged with those sort of stupid trophies going to the correct famous people, because it's supposed to be based on artistic merit, even though that's never really been the case.
As a personal comment, I don't think you can argue that Justin Beiber & the Talking Heads are both deserved of a Grammy. That's just trolling.
AB Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Actually, as we saw last year with Esmerelda Spalding, (probably spelled that wrong), it's not about "who's famous", or who sells the most records, which is why PSY wouldn't win a Grammy, what the hell are people thinking?
How can anyone argue with Fun winning for "We Are Young". That is a great song end of story. Justin Beiber is more likely to win an award for "Song of the Year" as given to whatever writer will write his next #1, as with most artists on Top 40 who utilize the specialties of top songwriters.
jw Tuesday, February 12, 2013
I'm not at all disparaging Fun., I've been a huge fan of Nate's for almost 10 years. I've been watching those guys play music the whole time, & their success has been a long time coming, & they deserve every bit of it.
I'm not saying that great artists (like Fun.) haven't won over the years, or that surprising artists haven't won, but there's no evidence that the criteria is consistently merit-based. And when a Grammy is awarded to an artist, the voters are ultimately making a declaration about themselves, whether it's giving a Best Metal Album to Jethro Tull over Metallica, or giving best new artist to Esperanza Spalding over Justin Beiber. At the end of the day, it just is what it is, & no single award is going to legitimize or illegitimize the Grammys on the whole.
In all honesty, I would've felt some validation if John Fullbright had won the best Americana award, but I'm not the least bit surprised that Bonnie Raitt won. And while their nominations say nothing about the true state of Americana, I am glad that neither the Lumineers nor Mumford & Sons won. But if you're going to take the step to argue that someone should have won a Grammy award, you ought to have some criteria for saying so & you should be consistent with that. That's where this list fails.
CW Tuesday, February 12, 2013
I agree with pretty much everything you posted. And yes - it's what the Grammy voter decide. The academy specifically states not to vote purely on sales figures, popularity, regional affiliation, etc. That said, it makes sense that a musician/band that is popular would get a nomination because otherwise, if you are "unknown" why would anyone vote for you?
The main thing I wanted to comment on though was - many of the people on this list may have not won the Grammy but have indeed been nominated, in otherwords they have at least been recognized by the Grammys. Remove nominees from the list.
R.P. Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Big Pun. nominated. never won.
Thanks racist industry.
Lil Crack Pipe Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Who's Big Pun?
oh yeah it's always racist my brotha!
Steven Stone Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Elvis NEVER won a Grammy...because the Grammys were originated as a tool to blunt Elvis' popularity. It didn't work, fortunately...
Montgomery Tuesday, February 12, 2013
yes, he won these:
|1974||Best Inspirational Performance (Non-Classical)||How Great Thou Art||Elvis Presley, artist.|
|1972||Best Inspirational Performance||He Touched Me||Elvis Presley, artist.|
|1967||Best Sacred Performance||How Great Thou Art||Elvis Presley, artist.|
C DASH Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Who in the world be out Journey for "Don't Stop Believing" that year?
Chach Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Really? Psy deserves a Grammy? For one stupid hit song? That is a fucking joke, take his name off the list, he has no talent and will soon be forgotten
Master Mystifier Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Are you kidding?!?! Did you seriously just put One Direction and PSY on this list....Justin Bieber I can understand. 5 number one albums before the age of 19...but come on now. Everyone else on this list in rolling over in the graves. Disgraceful.
anon Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Subtract Justine Bieber and you have a good list. Marketing made him as it does many but many are pure talent. Sam Cooke is a good example.
Chris Daniels Tuesday, February 12, 2013
I'm a Grammy voter and this year I was a nominee, and I did not win. I feel honored that I got a nomination -- I was disappointed that we (it was an album category) didn't win ... I felt we were hands down the most exciting and new recorded music in our group of nominees. It included Jazz greats Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau, Hubert Laws and many more.
But what you must understand is that the Grammy's is a business. They are in the business of recognizing outstanding "recordings" not shows, not sales numbers, not popularity ... but recordings. Does that mean the Hendrix records were not well recorded ..NO
...we all are subject to the times we live in. The Lumineers are a great young independent group and they put out a great record ... was it better than Bonnie's .... I have no idea. My vote went to one of those two... but the others in that category were all strong
....and what you probably don't know is that Bob Dylan, John Hiatt, Dwight Yokum, and a whole amazing crew of others NEVER made it to the top 5 that got the Americana nominations.
The point is simple ... no battle of bands, no TV contest show and no Grammy is the test of talent ... it is the longevity and belief that each artists brings to their career.... it is up to all of us that make music to enjoy the victories and get up and dust off the defeats ... and go on.
t.j. Tuesday, February 12, 2013
up until relatively recent times , they were so far behind current time music , that rock and rap was generally ignored .they used to honor bland crooners and sappy songs-which is why we never watched or paid attention . i know it's better now but old non-watching/caring Dies Hard , like Bruce Willis 'Part 23 .
Sam Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Richard Ball Wednesday, February 13, 2013
59. SAM REEVES
Chris Wednesday, February 13, 2013
You have to say there are some amazing artists who've never won a Grammy but also on the flip side there are some amazing artist who have.
Awards are always going to throw up anomolies and endless arguements about what should have won. the fact that 80 plus awards are given out and people are still not happy shows that you cannot please everyone.
In the UK the Mercury Music Prize was always the epitompy of coolness but a few years ago they awarded the prize to Speach Dabelle (excuse the spelling) who had sold such a pityful amount of units it really backfired on the awards.
We all know they are voted for by committees and as such you have to expect that not always the most deserving person wins - just the one who appeals to the majority.
DudeNoDude Wednesday, February 13, 2013
More insightful, how about NOT nominated out if the group?
Jim Slim Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The Beach Boys won a Grammy this year
|Best Historical Album||The Smile Sessions (Deluxe Box Set)|
Gina Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The brilliant Australian virtuoso guitarist Tommy Emmanuel hasn't won a Grammy yet either.
epmd Wednesday, February 13, 2013
In short, a good majority of the greatest artists to walk the face of the Earth never got the NARAS nod Led Zep 1-4-- none worthy of best rock album of the year? What are the voting members focused on?
ken tray Thursday, February 14, 2013
Paul Butterfield Blues Band w/Mike Bloomfield (lead guitar). No top ten or 100- but... along with Dylan broke rock n' roll wide open.