Grammys 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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The Who is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 4 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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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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Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 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 psychedelic-acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as ...more

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Rush is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 12 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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The 77's is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy
Kramer Bill added 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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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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Run–D.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 16 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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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 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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Depeche Mode is listed (or ranked) 18 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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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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The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 20 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) 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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Kiss is listed (or ranked) 22 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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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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Joe Satriani is listed (or ranked) 24 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

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Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 25 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, Flavor Flav, DJ Lord, The S1W group, Khari Wynn and Professor Griff. Formed in Long Island, New York in 1982, they are known for ...more

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Martina McBride is listed (or ranked) 26 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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Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 2

Iggy Pop is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor. Osterberg became known as "Iggy" in high school, when he served as drummer for a local blues band, The Iguanas. He is ...more

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Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 13

Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, better known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter and occasional actress. She had limited exposure to secular music during her childhood and ...more

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Queens of the Stone Age is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 6

Queens of the Stone Age is an American rock band from Palm Desert, California, United States, formed in 1996. The band's line-up includes founder Josh Homme, alongside longtime members Troy Van ...more

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Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 2

Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith is an American singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 ...more

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Brian McKnight is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 17

Brian McKnight is an American R&B singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and musician. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays eight instruments including piano, guitar, bass guitar, ...more

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Backstreet Boys is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 7

The Backstreet Boys are an American vocal group, formed in Orlando, Florida in 1993. The group consists of A. J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrell. The ...more

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Roxette is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy
Wasif Haq added Roxette is a Swedish pop rock duo, consisting of Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle. Formed in 1986, the duo became an international act in the late 1980s, when they released their breakthrough ...more

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Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 7

Yasiin Bey, better known by his former stage name Mos Def, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, and activist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. Best known for his music, Mos Def ...more

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Simple Minds is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy
Andrés Contador Parera added Simple Minds are a Scottish rock band formed in 1977. They achieved commercial success in the early 1980s and, despite various personnel changes, continue to record and tour. The band scored a ...more

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Busta Rhymes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 11

Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr., better known by his stage name Busta Rhymes, is an American rapper, producer, and actor from Brooklyn. Chuck D of Public Enemy gave him the moniker Busta Rhymes, after ...more

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Vanessa Williams is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 11

Vanessa Williams is a member of the musical group The Williams Sisters.

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Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 1

Steven Patrick Morrissey, commonly known by his last name, Morrissey, or Moz, is a British singer and lyricist. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the rock band ...more

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Kid Rock is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 5

Robert James Ritchie, known by his stage name Kid Rock, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and actor. His 1998 studio album Devil Without a Cause sold 13 ...more

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Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 10

Onika Tanya Maraj, better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian rapper, singer and songwriter. Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York, ...more

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King's X is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy
JohneCook added King's X is an American rock band that combines progressive metal, funk and soul with vocal arrangements influenced by gospel, blues, and British Invasion rock groups. The band's lyrics are ...more

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PJ Harvey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 7

Polly Jean Harvey, MBE, known as PJ Harvey, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, writer, poet, composer and occasional artist. Primarily known as a vocalist and guitarist, she is also ...more

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Dierks Bentley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 14

Dierks Bentley is an American country music singer and songwriter who has been signed to Capitol Records Nashville since 2003. That year, he released his self-titled debut album. Both it and its ...more

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Nickelback is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 5

Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, ...more

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Jazmine Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 11

Jazmine Marie Sullivan (born April 9, 1987) is an American recording artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is also the protégé of rapper Missy Elliott. Her debut single ...more

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Musiq is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 12

Musiq Soulchild or Musiq is an American soul/neo soul singer-songwriter whose style blends funk, alternative rock, blues, jazz, some gospel influences and hip hop.

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Morten Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

Nominations: 20

Morten Lindberg, also known as "Master Fatman", is a Danish media personality, comedian, disc jockey, film director and singer. As a musician Lindberg has participated in numerous ...more