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Most famous musicians who haven't won a Grammy

  • Most famous artists who have never won a Grammy
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    Most famous artists who have never won a Grammy

    With the 60th Annual Grammy Awards around the corner, musicians anxiously wait to see if their hard work over the past year will be rewarded with the highest honor in the industry. But as is the case for many of the most accomplished and world-renowned artists, having a mantle devoid of a Grammy, or any other award for that matter, does not negate his or her success or the meaningfulness of the artist’s work.

    In fact, many still believe that voting system for the Grammy Awards is structurally flawed and favors tastes of the past, rather than representing the pulse of today. As Jon Caramanica explained in the New York Times, “complaining about the Grammys is perennial and inevitable, because the structure of the award-giving, which is flawed, is also etched in stone: the representatives of yesteryear weighing in on the acts of today.” And some feel that selling power is weighed more heavily in a voter’s mind than the quality of the music.

    The proof is in the crop of influential, household names – think of a certain East Coast rapper who died too soon and a 90s boy band that induced many teenage tears — that haven’t yet received a small gold gramophone to put on their mantle, but nevertheless will likely be lauded for years to come. Stacker considered the group of solo artists and bands who haven’t received a Grammy and ranked each by their average monthly Wikipedia pageviews and Spotify monthly listeners over the past year. Please note that since we used this metric, our ranking leans towards favoring musicians that are newer, or receiving more attention recently. For each artist, Stacker included Monthly Spotify listeners and number of Grammy nominations.

  • #60. Patti Smith
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    #60. Patti Smith

    Nominations: 4

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 92,513

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 949,688

  • #59. Ellie Goulding
    3/ Tore Satre // Wikicommons

    #59. Ellie Goulding

    Nominations: 1

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 95,608

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 13,677,762

  • #58. Avenged Sevenfold
    4/ Christian Misje // Wikicommons

    #58. Avenged Sevenfold

    Nominations: 1

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 102,188

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 3,918,789

  • #57. The xx
    5/ Stefano Masselli // Wikicommons

    #57. The xx

    Nominations: 0

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 102,415

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 4,797,650

  • #56. The Who
    6/ Jim Summaria // Wikicommons

    #56. The Who

    Nominations: 2

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 102,738

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 4,402,406

  • #55. James Blunt
    7/ Thesupermat // Wikicommons

    #55. James Blunt

    Nominations: 5

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 103,222

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 9,456,397

  • #54. Iggy Pop
    8/ Derzsi Elekes Andor // Wikicommons

    #54. Iggy Pop

    Nominations: 2

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 108,099

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 2,417,948

  • #53. Deep Purple
    9/ Silvio Tanaka // Wikicommons

    #53. Deep Purple

    Nominations: 0

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 110,686

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 3,179,788

  • #52. Queens of the Stone Age
    10/ JoeJoeJoe93 // Wikicommons

    #52. Queens of the Stone Age

    Nominations: 7

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 113,829

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 3,888,174

  • #51. Morrisey
    11/ Charlie Llewellin // Wikicommons

    #51. Morrisey

    Nominations: 1

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 115,284

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 1,351,659

  • #50. Panic! at the Disco
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    #50. Panic! at the Disco

    Nominations: 2

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 115,453

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 6,219,851

  • #49. Buddy Holly
    13/ Coral Records // Wikicommons

    #49. Buddy Holly

    Nominations: 0

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 115,514

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 911,805

  • #48. blink-182
    14/ Journalist 2nd Class Denny Lester // Wikicommons

    #48. blink-182

    Nominations: 1

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 133,125

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 7,180,988

  • #47. Björk
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    #47. Björk

    Nominations: 14

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 133,931

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 1,403,846

  • #46. Tyga
    16/ Michelle G // Wikicommons

    #46. Tyga

    Nominations: 1

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 136,686

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 7,286,316

  • #45. Robbie Williams
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    #45. Robbie Williams

    Nominations: 2

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 139,435

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 4,476,457

  • #44. J. Cole
    18/ Kirstenmgreene // Wikicommons

    #44. J. Cole

    Nominations: 5

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 141,566

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 10,180,393

  • #43. A$AP Rocky
    19/ Chad Cooper // Wikicommons

    #43. A$AP Rocky

    Nominations: 2

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 142,140

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 13,216,053

  • #42. Wiz Khalifa
    20/ The Come Up Show // Wikicommons

    #42. Wiz Khalifa

    Nominations: 10

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 142,932

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 18,108,252

  • #41. Kid Rock
    21/ Nightshooter // Wikicommons

    #41. Kid Rock

    Nominations: 5

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 143,911

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 2,065,041

  • #40. Depeche Mode
    22/ Nir Nussbaum // Wikicommons

    #40. Depeche Mode

    Nominations: 5

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 146,744

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 4,188,730

  • #39. Journey
    23/ Matt Becker // Wikicommons

    #39. Journey

    Nominations: 1

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 148,654

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 7,386,173

  • #38. Khalid
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    #38. Khalid

    Nominations: 5

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 152,021

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 30,855,546

  • #37. Wu-Tang Clan
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    #37. Wu-Tang Clan

    Nominations: 0

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 153,355

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 2,833,612

  • #36. KISS
    26/ Flickr user Wok // Wikicommons

    #36. KISS

    Nominations: 1

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 155,530

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 3,914,968

  • #35. Nas
    27/ Mikamote // Wikicommons

    #35. Nas

    Nominations: 13

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 158,008

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 3,591,426

  • #34. SZA
    28/ Fuse Box Radio // Wikicommons

    #34. SZA

    Nominations: 5

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 158,807

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 11,908,730

  • #33. Janis Joplin
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    #33. Janis Joplin

    Nominations: 2

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 159,932

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 1,588,649

  • #32. Oasis
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    #32. Oasis

    Nominations: 2

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 166,356

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 9,792,178

  • #31. Alice Cooper
    31/ Ralph Arvesen // Wikicommons

    #31. Alice Cooper

    Nominations: 2

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 173,067

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 1,920,510

  • #30. Backstreet Boys
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    #30. Backstreet Boys

    Nominations: 7

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 176,149

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 8,857,453

  • #29. Spice Girls
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    #29. Spice Girls

    Nominations: 0

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 190,558

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 4,822,029

  • #28. Guns N' Roses
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    #28. Guns N' Roses

    Nominations: 3

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 199,480

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 10,780,547

  • #27. Charlie Puth
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    #27. Charlie Puth

    Nominations: 3

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 201,596

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 30,065,225

  • #26. Little Mix
    36/ vagueonthehow // Wikicommons

    #26. Little Mix

    Nominations: 0

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 215,479

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 15,084,062

  • #25. Queen
    37/ Electra Records // Wikicommons

    #25. Queen

    Nominations: 4

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 230,274

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 19,722,806

  • #24. Aaliyah
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    #24. Aaliyah

    Nominations: 5

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 230,671

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 1,171,127

  • #23. Future
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    #23. Future

    Nominations: 1

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 238,643

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 26,093,132

  • #22. Diana Ross
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    #22. Diana Ross

    Nominations: 12

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 255,243

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 2,838,645

  • #21. Avril Lavigne
    41/ Rosa Casapullo // Wikicommons

    #21. Avril Lavigne

    Nominations: 8

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 260,847

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 6,172,314

  • #20. Lana Del Rey
    42/ Jaguar Cars MENA // Wikicommons

    #20. Lana Del Rey

    Nominations: 4

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 270,567

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 10,169,594

  • #19. Jimi Hendrix
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    #19. Jimi Hendrix

    Nominations: 1

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 270,957

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 4,968,381

  • #18. One Direction
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    #18. One Direction

    Nominations: 0

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 272,300

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 9,288,128

  • #17. Fifth Harmony
    45/ orangesporanges // Wikicommons

    #17. Fifth Harmony

    Nominations: 0

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 274,606

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 15,979,690

  • #16. Shawn Mendes
    46/ Josiah VanDien // Wikicommons

    #16. Shawn Mendes

    Nominations: 0

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 278,194

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 21,108,856

  • #15. Sia
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    #15. Sia

    Nominations: 9

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 291,438

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 34,969,174

  • #14. Marilyn Manson
    48/ Andreas Lawen, Fotandi // Wikicommons

    #14. Marilyn Manson

    Nominations: 4

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 299,098

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 3,295,705

  • #13. Ice Cube
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    #13. Ice Cube

    Nominations: 0

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 312,852

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 3,827,309

  • #12. Ariana Grande
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    #12. Ariana Grande

    Nominations: 4

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 341,278

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 28,694,655

  • #11. Snoop Dogg
    51/ Jørund Føreland Pedersen // Wikicommons

    #11. Snoop Dogg

    Nominations: 17

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 351,474

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 11,669,491

  • #10. Bob Marley
    52/ Eddie / monosnaps // Wikicommons

    #10. Bob Marley

    Nominations: 2

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 359,640

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 8,185,975

  • #9. ZAYN
    53/ Kurt Kulac // Wikicommons

    #9. ZAYN

    Nominations: 1

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 362,762

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 26,573,220

  • #8. The Notorious B.I.G.
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    #8. The Notorious B.I.G.

    Nominations: 4

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 370,198

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 9,374,142

  • #7. Nicki Minaj
    55/ Eva Rinaldi // Wikicommons

    #7. Nicki Minaj

    Nominations: 10

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 370,231

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 27,205,255

  • #6. Demi Lovato
    56/ Jennifer Zambrano // Wikicommons

    #6. Demi Lovato

    Nominations: 1

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 400,499

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 34,950,970

  • #5. Katy Perry
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    #5. Katy Perry

    Nominations: 13

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 419,962

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 18,203,250

  • #4. Jennifer Lopez
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    #4. Jennifer Lopez

    Nominations: 2

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 471,326

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 11,416,155

  • #3. Miley Cyrus
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    #3. Miley Cyrus

    Nominations: 1

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 471,375

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 18,609,173

  • #2. Childish Gambino
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    #2. Childish Gambino

    Nominations: 7

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 494,839

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 9,783,231

  • #1. Tupac Shakur
    61/ Capital Records

    #1. Tupac Shakur

    Nominations: 6

    Monthly average Wikipedia views: 702,199

    Monthly Spotify listeners: 7,340,614

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