The Grammy Award ceremony is what the Academy Award ceremony is for the members of the film industry. It is a day when all of the music industry’s best gather to honor the most distinguished among their peers. A time when music producers and recording studios bear witness to the culmination of their prized investments. Needless to say, a Grammy Award is coveted amongst the best musical minds in the industry from across the world and anticipated by the most wanting of fans.
The Grammys has been around since 1959, and the most recent was held March 14, 2021. It is still as prestigious as ever, and it’s worthwhile to recognize artists who have won the most. Here are nine musicians with the most Grammy Awards to their credit.
I’m guessing we all know that Sir Paul McCartney was a member of the most successful rock band in history – The Beatles. Even after his successful run with the iconic band, he continued to pave his path to a very lucrative and distinguished solo career. Ultimately, Sir Paul has 78 Grammy nominations with 18 wins.
Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen is one of the United States’s treasured musicians of all time. His first win at the Grammys was for Best Rock Vocal Performance for the song Dancing in the Dark back in 1984. He holds such a degree of esteem in the music industry thanks to his 50 Grammy nominations with 20 wins.
This self-proclaimed genius is not all talk. Kanye is actually a self-made billionaire with multiple business ventures on top of his distinguished rap career. His first Grammy win was in 2004, where he won Best Rap Song for Jesus Walks, Best R&B Song for Alicia Keys’ You Don’t Know My Name, and Best Rap Album for The College Dropout. Kanye has a total of 68 Grammy nominations with 21 wins.
Though this Irish rock band was not a trail-blazer of any sort in the rock scene, they are still considered one of the all-time greats. They are known for their high-energy live performances and extraordinary song-writing abilities for songs such as One, Beautiful Day, and Bad, among many many others. The band has been given credit for 48 nominations and 22 wins. U2’s first Grammy Award win was in 1987, on which their album, The Joshua Tree, was recognized.
John Williams is one of the most distinguished film composers of all time. His maiden victory at the Grammys was for his work with one of the film industry’s best directors, Steven Spielberg. He won the Grammy Award for Album for Best Original Score for the film Jaws in 1975. And since then, he has had 67 nominations and won 23.
Stevie Wonder is undoubtedly one of the wonders of the music industry, with 74 nominations and winning 25 times at the Grammys. His first Grammy win was for his album Innervisions back in 1973. Stevie Wonder is one of the most prominent figures of the classic soul and R&B genre and is one of the most successful songwriters and musicians of all time. He is known for songs such as Isn’t She Lovely, Superstition, and You are the Sunshine of My Life, among many others.
The late Pierre Boulez’s achievements go far beyond the lucrative nature of the music industry. He was the founder of several music institutions and is given credit for being one of the most prominent figures in the post-war classical music scene. His first win at the Grammys was in 1967 for his album Berg: Wozzeck. And since then, he received 67 nominations and won 26 times.
Quincy Jones is one of the most successful producers of all time. He has worked with some of the best musicians the industry has to offer. Most notable was with Michael Jackson during the ‘80s. His first win at the Grammys was back in 1963 for his instrumental arrangement of the song I Can’t Stop Loving You by Count Basie. All in all, he is givencredit for a total of 79 nominations with 27 wins.
Sir Georg Solti was one of the best operatic and orchestral conductors of all time. He won the Grammys for the first time in 1962 for Best Opera Recording for Verdi: Aida. Ultimately he was nominated 74 times and has won 31 times.