VOTE The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy  

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List Rules Vote up the artist who is 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. Legendary bands with no Grammys include Queen, Journey, Kiss, and Guns N' Roses.

Vote up the best artists who have never won a Grammy Award. Feel free to add any artists who deserve to win a Grammy missing from the list. 

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Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 4

Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970, originally consisting of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor. Queen's earliest works were influenced by progressive ...more

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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 1

James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most ...more

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Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 0

Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley OM was a Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim. Starting out in 1963 with the group the ...more

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The Who is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 2

The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. They ...more

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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 0

Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene", ...more

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Journey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 1

Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch. The band has gone through several phases; its strongest ...more

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Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 12

Diana Ernestine Earle Ross is an American singer, actress, record producer and an occasional songwriter. Born and raised in Detroit, she rose to fame as a founding member and lead singer of the ...more

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Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 3

Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band formed in Los Angeles, in 1985. The classic lineup as signed to Geffen Records in 1986 consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm ...more

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Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy
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Nominations:2

Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and occasional actor whose career spans five decades. With a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, boa ...more

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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 7

Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by his stage names 2Pac and briefly as Makaveli, was an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one ...more

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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 2

Janis Lyn Joplin was an American singer-songwriter who first rose to fame in the late 1960s as the lead singer of the acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a solo ...more

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Rush is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 7

Rush is a Canadian rock band formed in August 1968 in the Willowdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario. The band is composed of bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee; guitarist and ...more

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Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 5

Depeche Mode are an English electronic band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group's original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher, and Vince Clarke. Depeche Mode ...more

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Ramones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 0

The Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound. ...more

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Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 16

Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr, best known by his stage name Snoop Dogg, is an American recording artist and actor from Long Beach, California. His music career began in 1992, when he was discovered ...more

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Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy
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Nominations: 8

Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley. The initial lineup was rounded ...more

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The 77's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy
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The 77s are an American rock band consisting of Michael Roe on vocals/guitar, Mark Harmon on bass, and Bruce Spencer on drums.

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Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 1

Run–D.M.C. is an American hip hop group from Hollis, Queens, New York, founded in 1981 by Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, and Jam Master Jay. The group is widely acknowledged as one of the ...more

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Oasis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 3

Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher, Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, Paul ...more

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Kiss is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 1

Kiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. Well known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to ...more

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The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 4

Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known by his stage names The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie or Biggie Smalls, was an American rapper. Wallace was raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York ...more

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Nas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 11

Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known as Nas, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor. He is the son of jazz musician Olu Dara. Since 1994, Nas has released eight ...more

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Björk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 14

Björk Guðmundsdóttir, known mononymously as Björk, is an Icelandic singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and occasional actress. She initially became known as ...more

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Martina McBride is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 14

Martina Mariea Schiff, known professionally as Martina McBride, is an American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer. She is known for her soprano singing range and her country ...more

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Joe Satriani is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 15

Joseph "Joe" Satriani is an American instrumental rock guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. Early in his career, Satriani worked as a guitar instructor, with many of his former ...more