Grammy Greats: 12 Artists Who've Broken Grammy Award Records

on January 22 2014 11:16 PM
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Adele took home a haul of six awards at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards in 2013. Reuters

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 Lee Leeann Rimes captured the industry with her debut studio album "Blue."  Reuters

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 Chris The only other artist other than Christopher Cross to have won all of the "big four" is Adele. But her honors were not won all in the same year.  Reuters

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.

4. U2 u2 The guys of U2 are a Grammy favorite.  Reuters

With a total of 22 Grammy Award, U2 has received the most awards of any group in history.

5. Michael Jackson and Santana MikeandSantana Santana is in good company with The King of Pop.  Reuters

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

BeyonceAndAdele Above, King Bey and Adele are pictured above on the nights of their record-setting wins.  Reuters

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 stevie Stevie Wonder has also been honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.  Reuters

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 Krauss Alison Krauss holds her award for Best Bluegrass Album -- "Paper Airplane" -- at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California in 2012.  Reuters

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" Albums "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" and "Supernatural" received rave reviews upon their respective releases.  Tumblr

Santana's "Supernatural" and U2's "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" hold the current record for the most honored album, with both albums winning nine awards.

11. Santana, Again SantanaSolo Santana's "Supernatural" marked a triumphant return to music for Carlos Santana and his band.  Reuters

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" thriller Thriller was released on November 30, 1982, by Epic Records. It remains the best-selling album of all time.  Tumblr

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 Brian Brian McKnight has been awarded numerous honor throughout his career. But a Grammy remains one of the more elusive prizes.  Reuters

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 quincy Record producer and composer Quincy Jones has worked for musicians like Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Tamia and Aretha Franklin.  Reuters

Music great Quincy Jones is the Grammys' golden child, holding the title as the most Grammy nominated artist -- with a staggering 79 nominations.

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