Which Beatle Won the Most Grammys as a Solo Artist?
Though they set countless records for album sales, concert attendance, and No. 1 singles, The Beatles didn’t win many Grammy Awards while they were together (1962-70). Over the band’s epic run, the Fab Four nabbed four trophies on 20 total nominations.
But they were far from done. After The Beatles broke up, fans could comfort themselves with solo albums from each member of the group in the subsequent years. From a minor work by Paul McCartney to a triple album by George Harrison, there was no shortage of material to keep the turntables spinning.
At the 1971 Grammys, both McCartney and Harrison had work nominated for awards. John Lennon and Ringo Starr would later join them. In fact, each member of The Beatles went on to win Grammys during their solo careers. Here’s a look at the Grammy tally of each over the years.
All 4 Beatles went on to win Grammys after the band’s breakup.
As solo artists, the number of Grammys the former Beatles have won (13) dwarfs the number the band won together. Maybe that’s to be expected when you split up a band with three heavyweight songwriters, but it happened fast.
McCartney won a Grammy the first chance he got for an arrangement of “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey.” The following year (1972), Harrison won an Album of the Year Grammy for The Concert for Bangla Desh. (Ringo shared that honor with George.)
Harrison would later add another Grammy for Traveling Wilburys Volume One (1989) and a posthumous one for “Marwa Blues.” Overall, he had three to his name for solo work before he passed away in 2001.
Lennon received three nominations in 1981 for his solo work, all of which came for his final studio album, Double Fantasy. Lennon won for Album of the Year, his sole Grammy as a solo artist. (He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award Grammy in 1991.)
As a solo artist, Ringo has received three nominations and his lone win came for The Concert for Bangla Desh.
Paul’s 8 Grammy Awards for his solo work leads The Beatles.
If you go by Grammy Awards, there isn’t much of a race among former members of The Beatles. Even if you go by the 10 years during which Ringo, Lennon, Harrison, and McCartney were all alive together, Paul led the former Beatles with nine nominations and three wins.
In the four decades since, McCartney has racked up dozens of nominations and won another five Grammys. That leaves his current count at eight solo awards as of 2019. (The Beatles as a group received three Grammys in 1996 for “Free as a Bird” and The Beatles Anthology.)
With his most recent wins coming in 2013 and most recent nominations in 2015 (with Kanye, for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for “All Day”), Paul’s days competing for Grammys don’t seem over.
Meanwhile, it will probably be too much for Ringo, the only other surviving Beatle, to catch up with his old bandmate.
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