13 Musicians Who Have Made Grammy History

From career-defining wins to surprising losses, there have been many memorable Grammy Awards moments since the first ceremony was held in 1959. Case in point: the following musicians and producers have all managed to make Grammy history, whether for their impressive number of nominations or the young age at which they earned their first win. Below, check out 13 artists who have broken records at the Grammys during their respective careers.

1. Georg Solti

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Georg Solti | Erich Auerbach/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

With a total of 31 Grammy wins, the late orchestral and operatic conductor holds the record for the most Grammy awards won over the course of a career. He also holds the record for the most wins in the classical field. His last win occurred in 1997, when he took home a prize for Best Opera Recording for “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.”

2. U2


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U2, led by frontman Bono, remains the record-holder for the most Grammy awards ever won by a musical group. The band has won a whopping 22 awards throughout their career. This includes winning Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group seven times and Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Rock Album, all twice.

3. LeAnn Rimes

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LeAnn Rimes | Jon Levy/AFP/Getty Images

Rimes made her breakthrough into country music at the age of 14, with her debut album, Blue, which reached No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart and became certified multiplatinum in sales. It also earned the singer many major industry awards, including a Grammy for Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her lead single, “Blue,” in 1997. In addition to becoming the first country music artist to win in the former category, Rimes was also the youngest solo singer to ever win a Grammy.

4. Pinetop Perkins

Pinetop Perkins, Willie Smith

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Perkins is the oldest person to ever win a Grammy. In 2011, the blues pianist took home the prize for Best Traditional Blues Album for his record, Joined at the Hip. He was 97 years old at the time of his win. The prize marked Perkins’ final Grammy win as he passed away about a month later.

5. Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

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The King of Pop still maintains the record for the most Grammys won by a single artist in one night. The iconic singer took home a whopping eight prizes at the 1984 awards ceremony, including Record of the Year for “Beat It” and Album of the Year for Thriller.

6. Santana

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Carlos Santana | Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images

Santana holds the title for the most Grammy wins in a single night. The Latin rock band matched Jackson’s record of eight wins in one night in 2000, including both Album of the Year and Best Rock Album for Supernatural.

7–8. Christopher Cross and Adele


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There have only been two artists to ever win all four General Field awards, which includes Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist.  In 1981, Christopher Cross won all four awards in a single night for his self-titled album, as well as the single “Sailing.” Adele is the only other artist to win all four awards and the first female to ever do so. She won Best New Artist in 2009 and won Record, Album, and Song of the Year in 2012.

9. Pat Metheny

Pat Metheny

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Pat Metheny and his band, the Pat Metheny Group, hold the record for the most Grammys won for consecutive albums. The group has won 20 Grammy Awards in total, including seven consecutive awards for seven consecutive albums. Most of their prizes have been in the Best Jazz Fusion Performance and Best Contemporary Jazz Performance categories.

10. Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

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Aretha Franklin holds the record for winning the most consecutive Grammys in one category. She won the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance every year from 1968 to 1975, resulting in an eight-year winning streak. She also later took home the same prize in 1982, 1986, and 1988, giving her a total of 11 wins in this category.

11. Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones, Grammys Musicians

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Having earned a whopping 79 Grammy nods throughout his illustrious career, Jones holds the record for the most nominated artist of all time. Of all those nominations, he has taken home a total of 27 prizes, making him one of the top three artists with the most Grammy wins ever.

12–13. Snoop Dogg and Morten Lindberg

Snoop Dogg

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Though both Snoop Dogg and Morten Lindberg have yet to take home a Grammy, that doesn’t mean their work has gone unnoticed. In fact, the rapper and the Norwegian sound engineer are tied for the most Grammy-nominations without a win. Both have earned a total of 17 nominations throughout their careers, although they’re still waiting on a win.

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