20 popular artists who have surprisingly never won a Grammy

Rich Fury/Getty Images, Rick Diamond/Getty Images, and Jason Merritt/Getty ImagesKaty Perry, Blake Shelton, and Nicki Minaj are among artists who have shockingly never received a Grammy.

Since 1959, the Grammy Awards have recognised the most talented musicians of the year.

It’s often assumed that all of the legendary hit-makers have taken home a statuette or two — but there are actually quite a few iconic artists who seem to narrowly lose out year after year.

Read on for 20 talented artists who have never been awarded a Grammy, ranked by how many nominations they have received.


Brian McKnight has 17 nominations but no wins.

Jonathan Leibson/Stringer/Getty ImagesR&B singer Brian McKnight has been nominated alongside music icons like Prince.

Nominated 17 times since 1993, singer-songwriter Brian McKnight has yet to win his first Grammy. He lost his last nomination for best male R&B vocal performance to Prince in 2004.


Snoop Dogg has been nominated for 16 Grammys, but he has never taken home the prize.

Richard Shotwell/APRapper Snoop Dogg has never won a Grammy.

At 16 nominations, the rapper only trails singer McKnight by one, but the two have even more in common.

Calvin Broadus, better known as Snoop Dogg, also received his first nod in 1993 and, like McKnight, is still awaiting his first Grammy win.


Björk has been nominated 15 times.

APBjörk was nominated in 2018.

The Icelandic singer, songwriter, actress, record producer, and DJ has been nominated 15 times since 1993, but Björk has never brought home a Grammy.

Her most recent nomination in 2018 was for best alternative music album.


Martina McBride has racked up 14 nominations since 1994.

John Shearer/Country Rising/Getty ImagesCountry legend Martina McBride has no Grammys.

She’s racked up 14 nominations since 1994, but talented country singer Martina McBride has been beaten out each time. She lost her latest nomination in 2011 to Taylor Swift.


Dierks Bentley has also earned 14 nominations.

Michael Loccisano/Getty ImagesDierks Bentley has been nominated in the country category since 2006.

His first nominations were in 2006 for the hit “Every Mile A Memory.” But even after 14 nominations country singer Dierks Bentley hasn’t won a Grammy.


Nas has been nominated for a Grammy Award 14 times.

Gabe Ginsberg/Stringer/Getty ImagesThe rap legend Nas has lost to Drake, Jay-Z, and Kanye West.

With 14 nominations since 1996, rapper Nas is still doesn’t have a Grammy. He received four nominations in 2012, but was beat out by Jay-Z, Kanye, and Drake.

His most recent nomination – for best rap album – is for the 63rd annual Grammys, which are set to take place in January 2021.


Katy Perry has 13 nominations but no wins.

Rich Fury/Stringer/Getty ImagesPop singer Katy Perry earned 13 Grammy nominations.

She’s been nominated 13 times over the last 10 years, but current “American Idol” judge, Katy Perry, still doesn’t have a Grammy award to adorn her mantle.


Diana Ross has won a lifetime achievement award, but no Grammys.

Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesDiana Ross won the lifetime achievement award at the 2012 Grammy Awards.

Believe it or not, the legendary Diana Ross has never won a Grammy.

Her first of 12 nominations was in 1964 for “Baby Love,” and she was nominated nearly every year from 1970 to 1982 without a win.

That being said, the Recording Academy recognised the songstress with a lifetime achievement award in 2012.


Busta Rhymes has been nominated 12 times.

Bryan Bedder/Stringer/Getty ImagesBusta Rhymes is another rapper who has lost to Kanye West.

Nominated 12 times since 1996, Trevor Smith Jr. aka Busta Rhymes hasn’t yet won his first Grammy. His last two nominations were for best rap performance and best rap song in 2011.

He lost to Kanye West in both categories.


Nicki Minaj has 10 nominations but no wins.

Robin Marchant/Getty ImagesRapper Nicki Minaj has earned 10 Grammy nominations.

From 2010 to 2015, Nicki Minaj was nominated for 10 Grammys. The rapper lost best new artist to Bon Iver in 2011, and to Kendrick Lamar in all three of her nominated categories in 2015.


Sia has nine nominations but hasn’t scored a win.

Stuart C. Wilson/Getty ImagesSinger-songwriter Sia has yet to win a Grammy.

Sia’s had nine nominations since 2012, but the singer-songwriter, record producer, and music video director has yet to win a Grammy.

She lost her 2017 nomination for best song written for visual media to Lin-Manuel Miranda.


Blake Shelton has been nominated eight times.

Stephen Lovekin/Stringer/Getty ImagesBlake Shelton has earned eight nominations in the country music category.

The country singer and judge on “The Voice” has been nominated eight times, but Blake Shelton has no Grammy wins. He most recently lost at the 62nd annuals awards.


Tupac earned six nominations including one after his death.

Columbia PicturesThe iconic rapper received a nomination after his tragic death.

With six nominations, including one after his death, Tupac Shakur never won a Grammy. He lost his first nominations in 1995 to Coolio and Naughty by Nature and lost his posthumous nomination to Eminem.


Queen has had four nominations but no wins.

Hulton Archive/Stringer/Getty ImagesLead singer Freddie Mercury performing in 1982.

Surprisingly, the band Queen received only four Grammy nominations and never had a win.

Even though their last nomination was in 1980, artists like Panic! At the Disco and the 2018 film “Bohemian Rhapsody” are helping to keep their iconic music alive by introducing Queen’s music to younger generations around the world.


The Beach Boys have received a lifetime achievement award but no Grammy.

Larry Busacca/Getty ImagesThe Beach Boys backstage at the Grammy Awards in 2012.

Another legendary band with only four nominations and zero Grammy wins is the Beach Boys.

They received three nominations in 1966 for their hit “Good Vibrations” and their last nod came in 1988 for “Kokomo.” Although they haven’t received a Grammy, The Beach Boys received a lifetime achievement award in 2001.


Sammy Davis Jr. has a lifetime achievement award but no Grammy.

J. Wilds/Stringer/Getty ImagesSammy Davis Jr. never received a Grammy award during his career.

Famous for his Las Vegas shows and for being a part of the infamous Rat Pack, Sammy Davis Jr. received three nominations but had no Grammy wins during his lifetime.

He died in 1990, but he earned a lifetime achievement award in 2001.


Dean Martin has a lifetime achievement award but no Grammy.

Keystone/Stringer/Getty ImagesThe singer was given a lifetime achievement award in 2009.

Dean Martin, another Rat Pack crooner, only received one Grammy nomination.

He was nominated for his album “Everybody Loves Somebody” in 1964, but lost to Louis Armstrong.

Although Martin died in 1995, he was honoured with a lifetime achievement award in 2009.


Morrissey has one Grammy nomination but hasn’t won yet.

Ian Gavan/Stringer/Getty ImagesDespite his lengthy discography, the Smiths front man has only been nominated once.

It’s hard to believe that the former Smiths front man who’s released over 10 albums has only been nominated for one Grammy.

Morrissey lost out in his 1992 best alternative music album nomination to Tom Waits.


Run-D.M.C. scored a lifetime achievement award but the group never won a Grammy.

Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesThe trio lost to Prince in 1986.

It’s inconceivable that iconic hip-hop artists Run-D.M.C. have been nominated for just one Grammy.

In 1986 they lost out to Prince for best R&B performance by a duo or group – the hip-hop category wasn’t added until 1989.

They finally received a lifetime achievement award from the Recording Academy in 2016.


Jimi Hendrix doesn’t have a Grammy, but he does have a lifetime achievement award.

Evening Standard/Getty ImagesRock guitar virtuoso Jimi Hendrix tragically died the same year he was nominated.

His only nomination was in 1970 for his rendition of “Star Spangled Banner,” but sadly Jimi Hendrix died that same year without winning the Grammy.

In 1992, the Recording Academy gave Hendrix a lifetime achievement award.

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