First held in 1959 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, the Grammy Awards have come to represent the pinnacle of success for members of the music industry.
Awarded each year by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc., the peer-presented awards recognize the excellence of both musical artist and recording professionals, without taking into account records sales or chart performance. Some of the industry's greatest legends have been awarded multiple times, with the honor remaining a celebrated mark on the career of any artist.
Ahead of the 56th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, let's take a brief look back at some record-breaking Grammy Awards winners and nominees. All the artists and producers below have made music history -- whether it be for their insane amount of wins or high number of fails at snagging that Grammy.
1. Milli Vanilli
After wining the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1990, the pop duo Milli Vanilli became the first Grammy-winning artists to be stripped of the award, confirms the Guinness Book of World Records. The group -- consisting of Fabrice Morvan and Rob Pilatus -- were exposed as lip-syncing frauds during a live performance on MTV, subsequently leading to the removal of their Grammy.
2. Leann Rimes
The country singer became the youngest Grammy Award winner when she won the honor in 1997 at 14 years old. She was also the first country artist to win the Best New Artist Category, reports the Examiner.
3. Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross is the only artist to ever win all the "big four" categories in the same year. In 1981, the singer's self-titled debut album won Album of the Year and the album's track "Sailing" won Record of the Year and Song of the Year. That night he also won the Best New Artist award.
With a total of 22 Grammy Award, U2 has received the most awards of any group in history.
5. Michael Jackson and Santana
Both the King of Pop and Santana hold the record for the most Grammys awarded in a single night. Jackson won eight in 1984 and the guitarist/songwriter snagged the same number in 2000.
6. Beyoncé And Adele
When it comes to the most Grammys awarded to a female in one night, Beyoncé and Adele hold the record. Beyoncé was awarded six on the same night in 2010. Adele tied that record in 2012, taking home six Grammys of her own.
8. Stevie Wonder
It's no surprise music legend Stevie Wonder holds the title of the most Grammys awarded to a solo male artist. His record currently stands at 22 awards.
9. Alison Krauss
Singer Alison Krauss has won a total of 26 Grammy Awards, making her the most honored female solo artist in the history of the ceremony.
10. U2 's "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" And Santana's "Supernatural"
11. Santana, Again
Carlos Santa and his band also hold the record for the most Grammys won by a group in a single night, taking home eight in 2000.
12. Michael Jackson's "Thriller"
The King of Pop holds the record for the most nominations in one night, with "Thriller" being honored with 12 in 1984.
13. Brian McKnight
Singer Brian McKnight hasn't had the best of luck on Grammy night. But with 16 nominations, he can at least celebrate his status as the most-nominated artist who has yet to actually win one.
14. Quincy Jones
Music great Quincy Jones is the Grammys' golden child, holding the title as the most Grammy nominated artist -- with a staggering 79 nominations.
Treye Green is a reporter for The International Business Times and a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Green has shot, edited and...