The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Voting Rules

Vote up the artist most deserving of a Grammy, excluding Lifetime Achievement Awards and Hall of Fame

Every year since 1959, the Grammy Awards recognize and honor the best musical achievements, performances, and artists. Sometimes, bad artists win Grammy Awards, too. However, even some of the greatest artists of all time have never won a Grammy. While many were nominated, these artists never got the chance to recite their Grammy acceptance speech. Not including being awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the following groups, rappers, bands, musicians, and singers have never won a Grammy during their career. 

Nominated 17 times during his 30-year career, Brian McKnight has the second most Grammy nominations without a win. Other popular Grammy nominated artists who have never won include Snoop Dogg (16 nominations), Nicki Minaj (10 nominations), and Katy Perry (13 nominations). 

Diana Ross, Bob Marley, Chuck Berry, and Jimi Hendrix are just a few examples of music icons who have never won a Grammy. Even legendary bands like Queen, Journey, Kiss, and Guns N' Roses have no Grammys if you can believe it.

Who was most robbed? Vote up the best artists who have never won a Grammy Award to make your choice known. Feel free to add any artists who deserve to win a Grammy missing from the list. 

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  • Queen
    1,034 votes

    Nominations: 4

    Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970. Their classic line-up was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals and piano), Brian May (lead guitar and vocals), Roger Taylor (drums and vocals) and John ...more
  • Jimi Hendrix
    694 votes

    Nominations: 1

    James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His mainstream career lasted only four years, ...more
  • The Who
    590 votes

    Nominations: 2

    The Who are an English rock band formed in London in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist and singer Pete Townshend, bass guitarist John Entwistle and drummer ...more
  • Bob Marley
    630 votes

    Nominations: 0

    Robert Nesta Marley, (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer and songwriter. Considered one of the pioneers of reggae, his musical career was marked by blending elements of reggae, ...more
  • Chuck Berry
    494 votes

    Nominations: 0

    Charles Edward Anderson Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll ...more
  • Journey
    572 votes

    Nominations: 1

    Journey are an American rock band formed in San Francisco in 1973 by former members of Santana, Steve Miller Band, and Frumious Bandersnatch. The band currently consists of guitarist/vocalist Neal ...more