The Super Bowl halftime show has welcomed countless legendary artists to its stage over the years, from Prince and Michael Jackson to Beyoncé and Madonna. The 2022 halftime show will have an all-star lineup of hip-hop greats: Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and Kendrick Lamar.
There are nearly 50 Grammy Awards shared between the five performers. But which one has the most golden gramophones to their own name?
Dr. Dre has 7 Grammy Awards
In total, Dr. Dre has earned seven Grammy Awards as both an artist and a producer. His first Grammy came early in his solo career in the early ’90s when he took home the award for Best Rap Solo Performance for his Snoop Dogg collab “Let Me Ride”; another collab with Snoop, “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang,” was nominated that same year for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
Dre’s most recent Grammy win was for his production work on Anderson .Paak’s 2019 album Ventura.
Snoop Dogg has 17 Grammy nominations — but no awards
Snoop Dogg has a unique status among Grammy Award nominees. Although the California native has been nominated a total of 17 times over the years, he hasn’t once taken home a Grammy Award. He and singer Brian McKnight share the distinction of having 17 Grammy nominations with no wins — the most of any other un-awarded Grammy nominee today. (Producer Morten Lindberg held the record for most nominations with no wins, at 28, before taking home his first Grammy in 2020.)
Among Snoop’s nominations are Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for his Pharrell Williams collab “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for the Katy Perry duet “California Gurls.”
Mary J. Blige has 9 Grammy Awards
Mary J. Blige was crowned the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul in the early 1990s, and in the years since then, the “Family Affair” singer has shown that she has the staying power and the icon status that countless artists can only dream of.
To date, Blige has won nine Grammy Awards. She received her first in 1996 for her Method Man collaboration “I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need to Get By,” which took home the award for Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group. While she collected more awards throughout the 2000s, she hasn’t earned a Grammy in over a decade: her last win was for Best Contemporary R&B album for her 2007 album Growing Pains.
Eminem has 15 Grammy Awards
Eminem has been in the game for less time in comparison to some of his fellow Super Bowl performers such as Blige and Dre, but the Detroit-bred rapper can claim the most Grammy Awards to his name. To date, the “Lose Yourself” rapper has earned 15 Grammy Awards since the turn of the century.
Eminem earned his first two Grammys in the year 2000: Best Rap Solo Performance for his single “My Name Is” and Best Rap Album for The Slim Shady LP. His most recent wins were in 2015 for The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which took home Best Rap Album, and his Rihanna collab “The Monster” for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
Kendrick Lamar has 13 Grammy Awards
Despite having the shortest career thus far out of all the Super Bowl halftime performers, Kendrick Lamar actually has the second-most Grammy Awards to his name, with 13 total. Lamar dominated the second half of the 2010s at the ceremony: he won his first two awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for his 2014 single “i” and continued to rack up wins over the subsequent years.
In 2018 alone, he took home five Grammys, including Best Rap album for Damn and Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance, and Best Music Video for “Humble.”