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Most famous musicians who haven't 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.

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Klaus Hiltscher // Wikicommons

#60. Patti Smith

Nominations: 4

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 92,513

Monthly Spotify listeners: 949,688

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Tore Satre // Wikicommons

#59. Ellie Goulding

Nominations: 1

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 95,608

Monthly Spotify listeners: 13,677,762

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Christian Misje // Wikicommons

#58. Avenged Sevenfold

Nominations: 1

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 102,188

Monthly Spotify listeners: 3,918,789

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Stefano Masselli // Wikicommons

#57. The xx

Nominations: 0

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 102,415

Monthly Spotify listeners: 4,797,650

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Jim Summaria // Wikicommons

#56. The Who

Nominations: 2

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 102,738

Monthly Spotify listeners: 4,402,406

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Thesupermat // Wikicommons

#55. James Blunt

Nominations: 5

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 103,222

Monthly Spotify listeners: 9,456,397

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Derzsi Elekes Andor // Wikicommons

#54. Iggy Pop

Nominations: 2

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 108,099

Monthly Spotify listeners: 2,417,948

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Silvio Tanaka // Wikicommons

#53. Deep Purple

Nominations: 0

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 110,686

Monthly Spotify listeners: 3,179,788

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JoeJoeJoe93 // Wikicommons

#52. Queens of the Stone Age

Nominations: 7

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 113,829

Monthly Spotify listeners: 3,888,174

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Charlie Llewellin // Wikicommons

#51. Morrisey

Nominations: 1

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 115,284

Monthly Spotify listeners: 1,351,659

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#50. Panic! at the Disco

Nominations: 2

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 115,453

Monthly Spotify listeners: 6,219,851

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Coral Records // Wikicommons

#49. Buddy Holly

Nominations: 0

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 115,514

Monthly Spotify listeners: 911,805

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Journalist 2nd Class Denny Lester // Wikicommons

#48. blink-182

Nominations: 1

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 133,125

Monthly Spotify listeners: 7,180,988

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Featureflash Photo Agency // Shutterstock

#47. Björk

Nominations: 14

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 133,931

Monthly Spotify listeners: 1,403,846

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Michelle G // Wikicommons

#46. Tyga

Nominations: 1

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 136,686

Monthly Spotify listeners: 7,286,316

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#45. Robbie Williams

Nominations: 2

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 139,435

Monthly Spotify listeners: 4,476,457

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Kirstenmgreene // Wikicommons

#44. J. Cole

Nominations: 5

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 141,566

Monthly Spotify listeners: 10,180,393

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Chad Cooper // Wikicommons

#43. A$AP Rocky

Nominations: 2

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 142,140

Monthly Spotify listeners: 13,216,053

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The Come Up Show // Wikicommons

#42. Wiz Khalifa

Nominations: 10

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 142,932

Monthly Spotify listeners: 18,108,252

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Nightshooter // Wikicommons

#41. Kid Rock

Nominations: 5

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 143,911

Monthly Spotify listeners: 2,065,041

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Nir Nussbaum // Wikicommons

#40. Depeche Mode

Nominations: 5

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 146,744

Monthly Spotify listeners: 4,188,730

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Matt Becker // Wikicommons

#39. Journey

Nominations: 1

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 148,654

Monthly Spotify listeners: 7,386,173

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#38. Khalid

Nominations: 5

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 152,021

Monthly Spotify listeners: 30,855,546

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Festival Eurockennes // Wikicommons

#37. Wu-Tang Clan

Nominations: 0

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 153,355

Monthly Spotify listeners: 2,833,612

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Flickr user Wok // Wikicommons

#36. KISS

Nominations: 1

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 155,530

Monthly Spotify listeners: 3,914,968

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Mikamote // Wikicommons

#35. Nas

Nominations: 13

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 158,008

Monthly Spotify listeners: 3,591,426

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Fuse Box Radio // Wikicommons

#34. SZA

Nominations: 5

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 158,807

Monthly Spotify listeners: 11,908,730

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Elliot Landy // Wikicommons

#33. Janis Joplin

Nominations: 2

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 159,932

Monthly Spotify listeners: 1,588,649

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#32. Oasis

Nominations: 2

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 166,356

Monthly Spotify listeners: 9,792,178

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Ralph Arvesen // Wikicommons

#31. Alice Cooper

Nominations: 2

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 173,067

Monthly Spotify listeners: 1,920,510

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Anirudh Koul // Wikicommons

#30. Backstreet Boys

Nominations: 7

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 176,149

Monthly Spotify listeners: 8,857,453

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Kura.kun // Wikicommons

#29. Spice Girls

Nominations: 0

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 190,558

Monthly Spotify listeners: 4,822,029

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Ed Vill // Wikicommons

#28. Guns N' Roses

Nominations: 3

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 199,480

Monthly Spotify listeners: 10,780,547

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Jeff Terrell // Wikicommons

#27. Charlie Puth

Nominations: 3

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 201,596

Monthly Spotify listeners: 30,065,225

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vagueonthehow // Wikicommons

#26. Little Mix

Nominations: 0

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 215,479

Monthly Spotify listeners: 15,084,062

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Electra Records // Wikicommons

#25. Queen

Nominations: 4

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 230,274

Monthly Spotify listeners: 19,722,806

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#24. Aaliyah

Nominations: 5

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 230,671

Monthly Spotify listeners: 1,171,127

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stock_photo_world // Shutterstock

#23. Future

Nominations: 1

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 238,643

Monthly Spotify listeners: 26,093,132

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#22. Diana Ross

Nominations: 12

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 255,243

Monthly Spotify listeners: 2,838,645

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Rosa Casapullo // Wikicommons

#21. Avril Lavigne

Nominations: 8

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 260,847

Monthly Spotify listeners: 6,172,314

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Jaguar Cars MENA // Wikicommons

#20. Lana Del Rey

Nominations: 4

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 270,567

Monthly Spotify listeners: 10,169,594

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Reprise Records // Wikicommons

#19. Jimi Hendrix

Nominations: 1

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 270,957

Monthly Spotify listeners: 4,968,381

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Brett Robson Global Photographics // Wikicommons

#18. One Direction

Nominations: 0

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 272,300

Monthly Spotify listeners: 9,288,128

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orangesporanges // Wikicommons

#17. Fifth Harmony

Nominations: 0

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 274,606

Monthly Spotify listeners: 15,979,690

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Josiah VanDien // Wikicommons

#16. Shawn Mendes

Nominations: 0

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 278,194

Monthly Spotify listeners: 21,108,856

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Matteo Chinellato // Shutterstock

#15. Sia

Nominations: 9

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 291,438

Monthly Spotify listeners: 34,969,174

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Andreas Lawen, Fotandi // Wikicommons

#14. Marilyn Manson

Nominations: 4

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 299,098

Monthly Spotify listeners: 3,295,705

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Eva Rinaldi // Wikicommons

#13. Ice Cube

Nominations: 0

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 312,852

Monthly Spotify listeners: 3,827,309

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Emma // Wikicommons

#12. Ariana Grande

Nominations: 4

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 341,278

Monthly Spotify listeners: 28,694,655

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Jørund Føreland Pedersen // Wikicommons

#11. Snoop Dogg

Nominations: 17

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 351,474

Monthly Spotify listeners: 11,669,491

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Eddie / monosnaps // Wikicommons

#10. Bob Marley

Nominations: 2

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 359,640

Monthly Spotify listeners: 8,185,975

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Kurt Kulac // Wikicommons

#9. ZAYN

Nominations: 1

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 362,762

Monthly Spotify listeners: 26,573,220

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Takeshi // Flickr

#8. The Notorious B.I.G.

Nominations: 4

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 370,198

Monthly Spotify listeners: 9,374,142

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Eva Rinaldi // Wikicommons

#7. Nicki Minaj

Nominations: 10

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 370,231

Monthly Spotify listeners: 27,205,255

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Jennifer Zambrano // Wikicommons

#6. Demi Lovato

Nominations: 1

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 400,499

Monthly Spotify listeners: 34,950,970

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FashionStock.com // Shutterstock

#5. Katy Perry

Nominations: 13

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 419,962

Monthly Spotify listeners: 18,203,250

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Ana Carolina Kley Vita // Flickr

#4. Jennifer Lopez

Nominations: 2

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 471,326

Monthly Spotify listeners: 11,416,155

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Photo by Sgt. Michael Connors // Wikicommons

#3. Miley Cyrus

Nominations: 1

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 471,375

Monthly Spotify listeners: 18,609,173

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#2. Childish Gambino

Nominations: 7

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 494,839

Monthly Spotify listeners: 9,783,231

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Capital Records

#1. Tupac Shakur

Nominations: 6

Monthly average Wikipedia views: 702,199

Monthly Spotify listeners: 7,340,614

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