The 55th Annual Grammy Awards air tonight and thought this was the perfect time to post this. Entertainment Weekly recently shared a list of 20 artists who surprisingly had never won a Grammy statue. From iconic groups like The Beach Boys to current hitmakers like Katy Perry, the publication certainly did their homework.
While perusing through their list, several snubs certainly surprised me. And I’m not talking about Katy Perry. I’m sure she’ll get her due one day, but she’s relatively new, so her Grammy-less awards shelf isn’t too shocking. I’ve picked five artists from EW’s list that I think are the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ (NARAS) biggest mistakes. Check out my Top 5 list below.
5. Tupac Shakur
Number of Nominations: 6
Several high-profile rappers have never received a Grammy including Nas, Snoop Dogg and the Notorious B.I.G. But the most glaring omission has to be Tupac Shakur. Given his impact on pop culture and in the genre itself, it’s shocking he didn’t win a rap Grammy. The Academy could’ve correct this grave error by giving him a posthumous one in 2000 when “Changes” earned a Best Rap Solo Performance nod. For me, his best work is his collaboration with Dr. Dre on “California Love.” The track was nominated for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group back in 1997.
Number of Nominations: 12 (Plus 1 nomination in 2013)
Perhaps at this year’s ceremony, Bjork can end her losing streak. Her latest album, Biophilia, is nominated for Best Alternative Album. If I were her, I wouldn’t hold my breath. I think it’s Gotye’s to lose. For me, I associate visually stunning music videos with the Icelandic singer. It’s no wonder four of her nods are in the music video categories – “Human Behaviour,” “Bachelorette,” “All Is Full of Love,” and “It’s Oh So Quiet.” My favorite out of the bunch is the latter. Watch it below.
Number of Nominations: 3
Given their sizable catalogue, I’m not only shocked that Queen has never won a Grammy, but that they only have three nominations. Talk about being robbed. Clearly, the Academy realized their lapse in judgement and inducted three of their tracks into the Grammy Hall of Fame. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was inducted in 2004, and both “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions” joined in 2009.
Number of Nominations: 4
I’m sure being inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame eases the pain of never winning a Grammy a little. They shouldn’t feel too bad for never winning though. Their best album, 1987’s Bad Animals which included the humungous hit “Alone” was up against U2’s iconic The Joshua Tree. No shame in losing there.
1. Diana Ross
Number of Nominations: 8 (plus 2 more with the Supremes)
Out of all the snubbed artists, Diana Ross is the most criminal IMHO. The Supremes are the holy grail of girl groups. She was also a force to be reckon with as a solo artist. Like Queen, the Academy tried to make amends by inducting her in the Grammy Hall of Fame three times- twice for tracks with the Supremes and a lifetime achievement award as a solo artist in 2012.
Do any of the five omissions surprise you? If so, which one the most? Sound off below. To check out Entertainment Weekly’s entire list, head over to www.ew.com.