10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About the GRAMMYs

The Grammy Awards is one of the most respected award ceremonies in the music. It is at this event when the talents and achievements of some of the most successful people in music are recognized. For many artists in the entertainment industry, receiving a Grammy Award is one of their biggest dreams. Despite the fame of this award ceremony, there are many things that people do not know about the show. Here are 10 things you (probably) didn’t know about the GRAMMYs.

1. This award ceremony has a long history as the first Grammy Award ceremony was held on May 4, 1959. In its opening year, the Record Of the Year winner was ‘Volare’ by Domenico Modugno.

2. The Grammy Awards were originally called the Gramophone Awards but was later abbreviated to Grammy Awards. The original name explains why winners receive a trophy in the shape of a gramophone.

3. The holder of the record for being the youngest entertainer to ever receive a Grammy Award is LeAnn Rimes. In 1997, she won two Grammy Awards at the age of just 14.

4. Only one artist has ever refused to accept their Grammy Award, and this was Sinead O’Connor. The award she had won was for the Best New Artist. However, the Irish singer decided that she didn’t want the award as she believed the Grammy were overly commercialized.

5. Michael Jackson boycotted the award ceremony in 1980. He did this as he was disgusted that his album, ‘Off the Wall’, did not receive a nomination. He surprised by this as the album had been a huge success.

6. The artists who win an award receive the iconic Grammys gramophone as a form of trophy. However, the producers of the song or album simply receive a certificate of participation. This seems a little unfair as it is often the producers who have had the most input into the creation of the track.

7. Receiving a nomination for a Grammy Award is a great honor, but most artists aspire to win an award. Sadly, for some stars, this dream never becomes a reality. Despite numerous nominations, they never actually take home the coveted trophy. Snoop Dogg and Brian McKnight have both been nominated for an award on 16 occasions and neither of them have ever won. This means they are tied for the most Grammy nominations without a win.

8. The star to have won the most Grammy Awards in history is Stevie Wonder. This talented performer has won a grand total of 28 Grammy Awards throughout his career. He has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award at this awards ceremony.

9. There have been some surprising winners of awards in the events history, not least Elmo from ‘The Muppets’. The puppet has won three Grammy Awards and one of these was in 1998 for ‘Elmopalooza!’, which won in the Best Music Album for Children category.

10. Some stars have been nominated awards multiple times. The most nominated artist is Quincy Jones who has received a total of 79 nominations. Other celebrities who have received multiple nominations include married couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé. Bizarrely, they have received 42 nominations each.