Welcome to GRAMMY Week! This week, from Monday to Friday, you’ll be treated to some special GRAMMY related topics, from the past to the present, all leading up to the music’s biggest night on Sunday at 8PM eastern on CBS. Let’s dive into today’s post…
A lot of pages are out there about classic acts who never had the chance to win a GRAMMY for one reason or another. Some of those artists and bands include Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Queen. This post, however, is focused on the acts who have been in the industry for at least a decade yet are still recording new material and making the hits. One big thing has eluded them: a win at the GRAMMY Awards. In fact, a few of the performers on this list haven’t even been nominated before. Here are ten acts of different genres who you swore won something, but came up empty:
Born in Oklahoma, Shelton’s racked up 12 number-one hits on the Country chart since his debut single, “Austin”, in 2001. He’s also a judge on NBC’s hit reality series The Voice. Shelton’s won plenty of Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Awards, and though he had three GRAMMY nominations last year, he lost all of them. This year, he’s up for Best Country Solo Performance for his #1 single, “Over”. I don’t think this is going to be one to do it for him, but he’s on such a hit streak now that a win can’t be far behind. Besides, his wife, Miranda Lambert, won a GRAMMY Award two years ago. He has to catch up while he still can!
Hard to believe that it was 2003 when Dierks Bentley scored a #1 single on the Country Chart with his first record, “What Was I Thinkin'”. Bentley’s had nine nominations over four different ceremonies, all in various Country categories, but he’s hasn’t picked up one single Award. Bentley has one nomination this year, his tenth, for Best Country Solo Performance for the #1 hit, “Home”. That one is a pretty strong contender and could be the one to break his losing streak. Bentley will be performing with Miranda Lambert on the live broadcast (perhaps a sign of a win?) and they’ll be in tour together this year.
Singer-songwriter DeGraw signed to J Records and put his first album, Chariot, in 2003. He’s best known for his 2004 single “I Don’t Want To Be”, which went to #10 on the Hot 100 and #1 at CHR radio. The guy has a solid fan base, but he’s never been nominated for a GRAMMY Award. Though his album sales have diminished over the year, his leadoff singles still chart decently on the national charts, so perhaps he’ll be due for a nomination in a lesser category sometime in the future.
GOO GOO DOLLS
With a new single “Rebel Beat” picking up some airplay gains in the last few weeks, the band out of Buffalo is looking for another winner as they enter their nineteenth year on the charts. The Dolls have been nominated for four GRAMMY Awards, including Record and Song Of The Year for their 1998 hit, “Iris”, but the band lost all four and haven’t been nominated since 2000. However, they’ve still managed to release several top ten albums and a handful of Hot 100 entries since then. Clearly past their peak, they won’t likely receive any more nominations in the future, but they’ll still get some airplay here and there even if it’s not as impacting as their 90’s material.
She’s an actress, a dancer, a singer, and a television personality and she’s excelled in all of those departments. When it comes to Awards, however, she sometimes falls a little bit short. Case in point: the GRAMMY Awards. Lopez has been nominated just twice even though she’s been on the charts since 1999, and both came in the field of Best Dance Recording. In 2000, it was “Waiting For Tonight”, and in 2001, it was “Let’s Get Loud”, both from her On The 6 album. None of her new material from last year received a nomination at the upcoming ceremony. With more music in the works for this year, Lopez should eventually get something. It’s just a matter of what the competition looks like.
He’s been on the Country Chart cranking out top ten hits for nearly twenty years and he still hasn’t won a GRAMMY. Huh? He scored his first big single in 1995, but Chesney wasn’t even nominated for his first Award until 2005, and all four of his nominations have been limited to collaborations with other performers. His most recent, last year, was “You And Tequila” with Grace Potter. He isn’t up for anything this year. I’m sure that doesn’t bother him one bit, though. Someday, he might announce his retirement and only then will he win a GRAMMY. Yes, it’s bothersome, but the Academy will do what they do.
This quartet turned trio turned quartet again made their chart debut in 2001 with the mega-hit “Hanging By A Moment”, but the Academy left them hanging when the song couldn’t propel them to a Best New Artist nomination at the 2002 Awards. In fact, they’ve never received a single nomination to date, which is surprising considering that they’re six albums deep into their career. Their latest release, Almería, came out in December, though lead single “Between The Raindrops” with Natasha Bedingfield hasn’t seen much attention. Will they ever take home a coveted prize? It’s looking less likely as time goes on.
It was back in 2004 that a then 23-year-old Pitbull hit the scene with “Culo”, which sampled the Coolie Dance riddim which about a thousand different acts used around that time. (Nina Sky‘s “Move Ya Body” was the biggest, hitting #4 on the Hot 100.) The rapper’s developed a big following at popular radio since 2009 with big songs like “Give Me Everything” with Afrojack, Nayer and Ne-Yo. He’s been nominated at the Latin GRAMMY Awards in two categories, though he lost both of them. I can’t ever see him being nominated for Album or Song Of The Year, but you’d think he would’ve at least been nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at least once by now. I guess it just proves that it’s a dog eat dog world.
Now, this one is a head-scratcher. How the heck does Snoop Dogg not have a GRAMMY Award? The Doggfather has been nominated fourteen times since 1994 on both featured and main credit singles, but nothing has been able to win the Award. Twelve of those nominations were in rap categories, with the most recent two of the fourteen being for a guest appearance on Katy Perry‘s hit, “California Gurls”. He’s up for a fifteenth nomination at this year’s awards for Best Rap Song on “Young, Wild, and Free” with rapper Wiz Khalifa and singer Bruno Mars. Could this finally give the guy his long-awaited recognition by the Academy? Don’t count on it, but hey, it would be a nice surprise if it happened.
Brandon Flowers and the boys have been on the scene since 2004 with several big albums in a row and hit singles like “Human” and “Mr. Brightside”. Between 2005-2007, the quartet received seven nominations in genre-specific categories (four singles, one album), though nothing managed to pick up an Award. Flowers also put out a solo album that didn’t garner any nominations. Last year, the band released Battle Born, which hasn’t done particularly well commercially, so it’s no surprise that the Academy snubbed them for another year. Their material won’t be recognized for any of the big categories, but I think they’re bound to win a lesser category if they keep putting out the great material.
Are there any performers that you think should be highlighted? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel. Stay tuned for more GRAMMY posts as the week continues!