54 Artists That Somehow Never Won a Grammy

And you thought the list for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was bad.

But here it is, a list of 54 incredibly influential artists that have never won a Grammy (though in fairness, some have been retroactively inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame).

For fun, try searching a few artists on grammy.com’s ‘Past Winners’ database, here.  The 54th Annual Grammy Awards kicks off this weekend.

1. The Doors

2. Queen

3. Jimi Hendrix

4. Led Zeppelin*

5. The Who

6. Tupac Shakur

7. Snoop Dogg

8. Bjork

9. Chuck Berry

10. The Grateful Dead

11. Diana Ross

12. Nas

13. The Beach Boys

14. Bob Marley

15. Janis Joplin

16. Buddy Holly

17. Notorious B.I.G.

18. (Eric B. &) Rakim

19. Rush

20. Run D.M.C.

21. Guns n’ Roses

22. Boston

23. Sam Cooke

24. Talking Heads

25. The Ramones

26. The Everly Brothers

27. Patti Smith

28. Public Enemy

29. Sly & the Family Stone

30. The Sex Pistols

31. Parliament &/or Funkadelic

32. The O’Jays

33. Creedence Clearwater Revival

34. The Stooges

35. Motley Crue

36. Kiss

37. Deep Purple

38. Journey

39. Jackson Browne

40. The Pretenders

41.Toby Keith

42. New Order

43. Depeche Mode

44. Tiesto

45. The Kinks

46. Morrissey

47. The Smiths

48. ABBA

49. Dusty Springfield

50. Teddy Pendergrass

51. Oasis

52. Curtis Mayfield

53. The Byrds

54. ZZ Top

 

*Both Page & Plant have separately won awards, but not as Led Zeppelin.

24 Responses

  1. Ken

    Actually Zeppelin did receive a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2005. Page and JPJ attended, Plant did not.

    • I-No-Stuff

      NARAS has a much bigger problem than the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame can just say, “Hey Alice Cooper, We’re Sorry! Here’s Your Award!” Problem solved, everyone forgets he was getting shafted after 10 years.

      Grammys? Zeppelin needed to get that trophy in 1975 NOT some make good in 2005 when it is obvious to everyone they are one of the the greatest bands on earth. They need to be relevant NOW to tell us what matters, instead of choosing Baha Men and Milli Vanilli which mean NOTHING now. Which is why they’re trying to do stuff like Skrillex who might be remembered in 30 years. They have to get it right NOW not 2032

  2. Dave

    How is Joe Satriani not on your list? Second most nomination without a win.

  3. Mark

    Not sure how accurate this list is. I know for sure that Rush won a Grammy for YYZ as Best instrumental rock song in the early 80’s. Let’s check some more of these before getting to riled up!!

    —:^D

  4. @JackDiamond

    This list is pretty amazing, and pretty sad. Not a single Grammy award for any of them…

  5. 8675309

    The Grammys are totally irrelevent and look no further thatn the artists they’re missing right now in dance, house, techno. Same thing happened when rock, rap and reggae (MARLEY?) were starting up. They missed it.

    • wallow-T

      It’s not that the Grammy awards “missed” the arrival of rock: the creation of the Grammy awards was an attempt at counterrevolution by the Music Biz Establishment of the late 1950s-early 1960s. It was an attempt to create a showcase to say, dammit, us middle-of-the-road artists are still relevant, even if those new rock’n’roll guys are now grabbing the mindshare. Just look at the lists of Grammy winners from 1965-1970, when (to name a few) Dylan, Beatles, Stones, Led Zepplin, etc etc were recreating popular music and creating what may become work for the ages. It’s probably inevitable that the Grammys will always be about the previous generation.

      • wallow-T

        Ha! Looking it up, I see that The Beatles won a Best New Artist award, and “Sgt. Pepper” won Album of the Year, and a couple of individual Beatles songs were recognized. Not much else from the prime classic rock era, though.

  6. @hogsatemysister

    Snoop Dogg has never won a Grammy. That is the best news I have had all week.

  7. @kleptones

    Now I see why the Beach Boys have to duet with (Insert flavor of the month here)

  8. Truth

    Just a popularity contest really. Not so much about quality of music. Best thing I read all week was Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon saying F off to the show. I wasn’t a fan before, but he just went up a notch in my book

  9. Visitor

    No Grammy for Zeppelin? That in itself is an indictment of the judges’ standards of taste.

    – Versus

  10. David

    I wonder how many of those bands listed actually care that they have not won a Grammy. Do I have to remind you of Pearl Jam’s Grammy acceptance Speech! It’s a joke – who cares. What the Hell does a Grammy really mean. If you go out and sell out show after show from coast to coast or get on Stage in front of hundreds of thousands of People – That would mean far more then a stupid little trophy won at an award ceramony that is such a cliche in it’s self. I could go on and on but I think you get the point!

  11. David

    I wonder how many of those bands listed actually care that they have not won a Grammy. Do I have to remind you of Pearl Jam’s Grammy acceptance Speech! It’s a joke – who cares. What the Hell does a Grammy really mean. If you go out and sell out show after show from coast to coast or get on Stage in front of hundreds of thousands of People – That would mean far more then a stupid little trophy won at an award ceramony that is such a cliche in it’s self. I could go on and on but I think you get the point!

  12. @BrandonLavoie

    This article should tell us all something about the Grammys. No Zeppelin or 2pac? Really!!??