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The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy 

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Updated June 14, 2019 16.1k votes 2.1k voters 18.2k views 47 items

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. Their classic line-up was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals and piano), Brian May (lead guitar and vocals), Roger Taylor (drums and vocals) and ...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 (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His mainstream career lasted ...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 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
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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 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 ...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 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" ...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 Ross (born March 26, 1944) is an American singer, actress, and record producer. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Ross rose to fame as the lead singer of the vocal group the Supremes, ...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 (born Vincent Damon Furnier; February 4, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spans over 50 years. With his distinctive raspy voice and a stage show that ...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 ( TOO-pahk shə-KOOR; born Lesane Parish Crooks, June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rapper and actor. He is ...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 (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American rock, soul, and blues singer-songwriter, and one of the most successful and widely known rock stars of her era. After ...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 was a Canadian rock band consisting of Geddy Lee (bass, vocals, keyboards), Alex Lifeson (guitars), and Neil Peart (drums, percussion). Formed in 1968, the band went through several ...more
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Ramones is listed (or ranked) 13 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 true punk rock group. Despite ...more
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Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 5

Depeche Mode () are an English electronic band formed in Basildon, Essex, in 1980. The group as of 2019 consists of a trio of Dave Gahan (lead vocals and co-songwriting), Martin Gore (keyboards, ...more
15
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. (born October 20, 1971), known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, media personality, entrepreneur, and actor. His ...more
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The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 4

Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), known professionally as The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, or Biggie, was an American rapper. He is widely considered to be ...more
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Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy
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Nominations: 8

Alice in Chains (often abbreviated as AIC) is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 1987 by guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney, who later recruited ...more
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Oasis is listed (or ranked) 18 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 (lead vocals, tambourine), Paul ...more
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Run–DMC is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 1

Run-DMC was an American hip hop group from Hollis, Queens, New York, founded in 1981 by Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, and Jason Mizell. Run-DMC is widely acknowledged as one of the most ...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 (often stylized as KIϟϟ) is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley. Well known for its members' face paint ...more
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Nas is listed (or ranked) 21 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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The 77's is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy
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The 77s (alternatively spelled the Seventy Sevens or the 77's) is an American rock band consisting of Michael Roe on vocals/guitar, Mark Harmon on bass guitar, and Bruce Spencer on drums.
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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 ( BYURK, Icelandic: [pjœr̥k ˈkvʏðmʏntsˌtouʰtɪr] (listen); born 21 November 1965) is an Icelandic singer, songwriter, record producer, actress and DJ. ...more
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Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 5

Public Enemy is an American hip hop group consisting of Chuck D, Keith Shocklee, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, and DJ Lord (replaced Terminator X in 1998 after his retirement from the group). ...more
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Martina McBride is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 14

Martina Mariea McBride (née Schiff, born July 29, 1966) is an American country music singer-songwriter and record producer. She is known for her soprano singing range and her country pop ...more