18 Legendary Artists with Fewer Grammys Than Lorde


Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

updated 08/25/2015 AT 8:16 PM ET

originally published 01/27/2014 AT 1:00 PM ET

When Lorde won two awards (song of the year and best pop solo performance) at the 2014 Grammys, she didn’t just become the third-youngest winner in the ceremony’s history. Barely a year into her career, the 17-year-old Kiwi also surpassed dozens of industry legends in the great list of Grammy winners in the sky.

Whether they’ve only won one Grammy, or are still waiting for their first golden gramophone entirely, here are some of the musical superstars who have taken home fewer Grammys than Lorde. (A note: We’re only counting competition Grammys. Lifetime achievement awards don’t count, nor do inductions into the Grammy Hall of Fame.)

Katy Perry

Nominations: 11
Biggest Miss: “Teenage Dream” losing out on best female pop vocal performance in 2011

Britney Spears

Nominations: 8 (one win in 2005 for best dance recording)
Biggest Miss: Losing best new artist in 2000 (to Christina Aguilera, but still)

Diana Ross

Nominations: 13 (plus one lifetime achievement award in 2012)
Biggest Miss: The Supremes’ “Stop in the Name of Love” losing for best contemporary rock & roll group vocal performance in 1966

Led Zeppelin

Nominations: 3 (one win in 2014 for best rock album)
Biggest Miss: Losing best new artist in 1970 (to Crosby, Stills & Nash, but still)

The Who

Nominations: 1 (alongside one lifetime achievement award in 2001)
Biggest Miss: Tommy not even being nominated for album of the year in 1970

The Doors

Nominations: 2 (The band won a lifetime achievement award in 2007, and the documentary When You’re Strange won for best long form music video in 2011, but that Grammy went to the filmmakers, not the band)
Biggest Miss: “Light My Fire” not being nominated for song of the year in 1968


Nominations: 2
Biggest Miss: “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” not being nominated for best rock performance by duo or group with vocal in 1982

Bob Marley

Nominations: 0 (Marley was posthumously honored with a lifetime achievement award in 2001)
Biggest Miss: The Grammys not giving an award for best reggae album until five years after Marley’s death

The Beach Boys

Nominations: 3 (one win for best historical album in 2013)
Biggest Miss: “Good Vibrations” losing to a band of session musicians for best contemporary (R&R) recording in 1967


Nominations: 3
Biggest Miss: “Bohemian Rhapsody” losing out on best pop vocal performance by a duo, group or chorus in 1977

Notorious B.I.G.

Nominations: 4
Biggest Miss: “Big Poppa” losing for best rap solo performance in 1996

Snoop Dogg

Nominations: 16
Biggest Miss: “Gin and Juice” losing best rap solo performance in 1995

Janis Joplin

Nominations: 2
Biggest Miss: “Me and Bobby McGee” losing best female vocal in 1971

Jimi Hendrix

Nominations: 0
Biggest Miss: Are You Experienced? not even being nominated for album of the year in 1968

Tupac Shakur

Nominations: 6
Biggest Miss: “Changes” not winning best rap solo performance in 2000


Nominations: 7 (one win in 1996 for best alternative music performance)
Biggest Miss: “Smells Like Teen Spirit” losing both best hard rock performance and best rock song in 1993

Pearl Jam

Nominations: 14 (one win in 1996 for best hard rock performance)
Biggest Miss: Vs. losing best rock album in 1995

Guns N’ Roses

Nominations: 3
Biggest Miss: Use Your Illusion I losing best hard rock performance in 1992

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