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Top 10 Legendary Musicians Who Never Won a Grammy


Top 10 Legendary Musicians Who Never Won a
Grammy 10. Buddy Holly Although his success lasted only a year and
a half before his death in an airplane crash, Holly is described by critic Bruce Eder as
“the single most influential creative force in early rock and roll.” His works and innovations
were copied by his contemporaries and later musicians, notably The Beatles, The Beach
Boys and The Rolling Stones, and exerted a profound influence on popular music. In 2004,
Rolling Stone ranked Holly #13 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Buddy
Holly died in 1959, the year of the first Grammy Awards ceremony and was never eligible
for a Grammy during his lifetime. 9. The Doors The Doors’ music was a fusion of psychedelic
rock, hard rock, blues-rock, and acid rock. They were considered a controversial band,
due mostly to Morrison’s cryptic lyrics and unpredictable stage persona. After Morrison’s
death on July 3, 1971, the remaining members continued as a threesome until disbanding
in 1973. Despite a career that barely totaled eight years, The Doors still enjoy a huge
cult following as well as status in the mainstream music industry as being hugely influential
and original. According to the RIAA, they have sold over 32 million albums in the US
alone. The Doors went winless by the Grammys for during their entire eight years together. 8. Lynyrd Skynyrd The band became prominent in the Southern
United States in 1973, and rose to worldwide recognition before several members, including
lead vocalist and primary songwriter Ronnie Van Zant, died in a plane crash in 1977. The
band reformed in 1987 for a reunion tour with Ronnie’s younger brother, Johnny Van Zant
as the frontman, and continues to record music today. The band was inducted into the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame on March 13, 2006. The band now has a total of 7 deceased members.
A Grammy still eludes this iconic and pioneering Southern rock band. 7. Jimi Hendrix Hendrix synthesized many styles in creating
his musical voice and his guitar style was unique, later to be abundantly imitated by
others. Despite his hectic touring schedule and notorious perfectionism, he was a prolific
recording artist and left behind more than 300 unreleased recordings. With all of his
popularity and musical influence he never won a Grammy. In 1992, Hendrix was awarded
the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. 6. Queen As of 2005, according to The Guinness Book
of World Records, Queen albums have spent a total of 1,322 weeks or twenty-seven years
on the United Kingdom album charts; more time than any other musical act including The Beatles
and Elvis Presley. Also in 2005, with the release of their live album with Paul Rodgers,
Queen moved into third place on the list of acts with the most aggregate time spent on
the British record charts, but Queen has still never won a Grammy. 5. Grateful Dead The Grateful Dead’s musical influences varied
widely; in concert recordings or on record albums one can hear psychedelic rock, blues,
rock and roll, country-western, bluegrass, country-rock, and improvisational jazz. These
various influences were distilled into a diverse and psychedelic whole that made the Grateful
Dead “the pioneering Godfathers of the jam band world. 30 years of touring though couldn’t
garner a Grammy award. 4. Led Zeppelin With their heavy, guitar-driven sound, Led
Zeppelin are regarded as one of the first heavy metal bands. However, the band’s individualistic
style draws from many sources and transcends any one genre. The band have sold more than
300 million albums worldwide, including 111.5 million sales in the United States and they
have had all of their original studio albums reach the U.S. Billboard Top 10, with six
reaching the number one spot. Led Zeppelin are ranked #1 on VH1′s 100 Greatest Artists
of Hard Rock. Rolling Stone magazine has described Led Zeppelin as “the heaviest band of all
time” and “the biggest band of the ’70s”. But sorry, no Grammy for you. 3. Diana Ross A twelve-time Grammy and Oscar-nominated singer,
record producer and actress, whose musical repertoire spans R&B, soul, pop, disco and
jazz. During the 1960s, she helped shape the sound of popular music and the Motown Sound
as lead singer of The Supremes before leaving for a solo career in the beginning of 1970.
Since the beginning of her career with The Supremes and as a solo artist, Diana Ross
has sold more than 100 million records. Apparently not enough to win a Grammy though. 2. Bob Marley He was the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist
for the ska, rocksteady and reggae bands: The Wailers (1964 — 1974) and Bob Marley
& the Wailers (1974 — 1981). Marley remains the most widely known and revered performer
of reggae music, and is credited for helping spread Jamaican music to the worldwide audience.
Although he never won a Grammy in his lifetime, he was recently announced as a 2007 Grammy
Hall of Fame inductee. 1. The Who The primary lineup was guitarist Pete Townshend,
vocalist Roger Daltrey, bassist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon. They became known
for energetic live performances, are one of the most influential rock bands of the 1960s
and ’70s, and recognized as one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time. They were
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, their first year of eligibility.
According to the New York Times, The Who have sold 100 million records yet were never recognized
by
the Recording Academy.

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