Grammy Award records
Throughout the history of the Grammy Awards, many significant records have been set. This page only includes the competitive awards which have been won by various artists. This does not include the various special awards that are presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences such as Lifetime Achievement Awards, Trustees Awards, Technical Awards or Legend Awards. The page however does include other non-performance related Grammys (known as the Craft & Production Fields) that may have been presented to the artist(s).
Most Grammys won
The record for the most Grammy Awards won in a lifetime is held by Georg Solti, a Hungarian-British conductor who was music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for twenty-two years (1969-1991). He won 31 competitive Grammy Awards out of 74 nominations and was also awarded the first Grammy Trustees Award in 1967 and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.
Most Grammys won by a male artist
Georg Solti has won 31 Grammy Awards.
Most Grammys won by a female artist
Alison Krauss has, as a solo artist, collaborator and producer, won 27 Grammy Awards.
Most Grammys won by a group
U2 holds the record for most Grammy Awards won by a group. They have won 22 awards.
Most Grammys won by a producer
Quincy Jones with 28 awards holds the record for most Grammy Awards won by a producer (and eleven of those were awarded for production duties. Jones also received Grammys as an arranger and a performing artist). Some producers have also won awards as engineers, mixers and/or mastering engineers.
Most Grammys won by an engineer or mixer
The Peasall Sisters are the youngest Grammy winners, when they were credited artists on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, which won Album of the Year in 2002. LeAnn Rimes is the youngest individual winner. She was 14 years old when she won her first two awards in 1997. She was also the first Country artist to win the Best New Artist Grammy.
Youngest artists to win Album of the Year
Youngest artist to win Record of the Year
Youngest artist to win Song of the Year
Youngest artist to win Best New Artist
Note: Sources vary on the birth year of Elizabeth Cotten, with some stating it as 1893, while others say 1895. The above information credits it as 1895. With either year, Cotten is the oldest female Grammy winner.
Most honored albums
Santana's Supernatural and U2's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb hold the record for most honoured album having won nine awards. Supernatural won nine awards in 2000 and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb won three awards in 2005 and won a further six in 2006 giving it a total of nine awards.
Most Album of the Year wins
Three recording artists, four record producers, four engineer/mixers and two mastering engineers have won the award three times;
- Frank Sinatra, artist — Come Dance with Me! (1960), September of My Years (1966), A Man and His Music (1967)
- Stevie Wonder, artist — Innervisions (1974), Fulfillingness' First Finale (1975), Songs in the Key of Life (1977)
- Paul Simon, artist — Bridge over Troubled Water (1971), Still Crazy After All These Years (1976), Graceland (1987)
- David Foster, producer — Unforgettable... with Love (1992), The Bodyguard - Original Soundtrack Album (1994), Falling into You (1997)
- Phil Ramone, producer — Still Crazy After All These Years (1976), 52nd Street (1980), Genius Loves Company (2005)
- Daniel Lanois, producer — The Joshua Tree (1988), Time Out of Mind (1998), How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2006)
- Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer — Babel (2013), Random Access Memories (2014), Morning Phase (2015)
- Mike Piersante, engineer/mixer — O Brother, Where Art Thou? – Soundtrack (2002), Raising Sand (2009), 25 (2017)
- Tom Elmhirst, engineer/mixer — 21 (2012), Morning Phase (2015), 25 (2017)
- Ryan Tedder, producer — 21 (2012), 1989 (2016), 25 (2017)
- Serban Ghenea, engineer/mixer — 1989 (2016), 25 (2017), 24K Magic (2018)
- John Hanes, engineer/mixer — 1989 (2016), 25 (2017), 24K Magic (2018)
Most Record of the Year wins
The record for most Record of the Year wins is four. Tom Coyne won four consecutive times as a mastering engineer — “Stay with Me (Darkchild Version)” (2015), “Uptown Funk” (2016), “Hello” (2017), “24K Magic” (2018)
In addition, only two persons have won the award three times;
- Paul Simon, artist — “Mrs. Robinson” (1969), “Bridge over Troubled Water” (1971), “Graceland” (1988)
- Tom Elmhirst, engineer/mixer — “Rehab” (2008), “Rolling in the Deep” (2012), “Hello” (2017)
Most Song of the Year wins
The record for the most Song of the Year wins is two. Six songwriters have won in this category twice
- Henry Mancini - “Moon River” (1962), “Days of Wine and Roses” (1964)
- Johnny Mercer - “Moon River” (1962), “Days of Wine and Roses” (1964)
- James Horner - “Somewhere Out There” (1988), “My Heart Will Go On” (1999)
- Will Jennings - “Tears in Heaven” (1993), “My Heart Will Go On” (1999)
- U2 - “Beautiful Day” (2001), “Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own” (2006)
- Adele - "Rolling in the Deep” (2012), “Hello” (2017)
Most Grammys won for consecutive albums
Alison Krauss and Union Station, Beyoncé (including Everything Is Love), Pat Metheny (along with the Pat Metheny Group), and The Manhattan Transfer have won seven consecutive awards for seven consecutive studio albums.
Most consecutive Grammys won for the same category
Artists who have won all four General Field awards
There have been only three artists who have won all four General Field awards: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. In 1981, Christopher Cross became the first artist to win all four awards, as well as the first act to win all four awards in a single ceremony. Adele is the second artist to win all four, and the first female to do so. In 2009, she won Best New Artist and both in 2012 and 2017, she won Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year. In 2020, Billie Eilish became the third musician ever, second woman overall, and first female artist to win all four awards in a single ceremony.
Most Grammys won in one night
Most Grammys won by a male artist in one night
The record most Grammys won by a male artist in one night is eight. Michael Jackson won eight in 1984.
Most Grammys won by a female artist in one night
Most Grammys won by a group in one night
The record most Grammys won by a group artist in one night is eight. Santana won eight in 2000.
Most Grammys won by a record producer in one night
The record for most awards winning by a producer in one night is five. Rick Rubin won five awards in 2007, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Best Country Album for his work on the The Chicks' Taking the Long Way, and Best Rock Album for the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Stadium Arcadium as well as Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.
Finneas O'Connell repeated the record in 2020, winning Producer of the Year, Non-Classical and four additional awards, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for his contribution on Billie Eilish's When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?.
Most Grammys won by an engineer or mixer in one night
The most Grammys won by an engineer or mixer in one night is six. At the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in 2017, Tom Elmhirst won Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Alternative Music Album, Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, and Best Rock Album for his work on Adele's 25, David Bowie's Blackstar, and Cage the Elephant's Tell Me I'm Pretty, respectively.
Artists who have won all four General Field Awards at a single ceremony
Artists who have won Album, Record, and Song of the Year in one night
The three biggest Grammy Awards are Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Eight artists have won all three in one night. Adele is the first and only artist in Grammy history to accomplish this feat twice.
Most Grammys won by an album in one night
The most awards awarded to an album in one night is nine. At the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2000 Santana's Supernatural was awarded nine awards. It won Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Best Pop Instrumental Performance, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, Best Rock Instrumental Performance, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and Best Rock Album.
Most posthumous Grammys won in one night
Ray Charles holds the record for most posthumous awards won in one night. He was awarded five Grammy Awards at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards in 2005, including both Record of the Year and Album of the Year.
Most Grammy nominations
Most nominations in one night
Most nominations without winning
With 18 nominations, Zubin Mehta has received the most Grammy nominations without winning.
Norwegian sound engineer and chorus leader Morten Lindberg removed himself from this list in February 2020, when he finally received his first Grammy Award with his 28th nomination between 2006 and 2020.
Most nominations in one night without winning
The record for most Grammy nominations without a win in one night is 9, held by Paul McCartney. The record was set in 1966.
Grammy nominations in the most fields
Artists who had been nominated for all four General Field awards in one night
Only twelve artists have been nominated for all four General Field awards in one night. Lizzo is the oldest person to be nominated for all four awards in one night, at 31 years old; while the youngest person to be nominated is Billie Eilish at 17 years old. Both were nominated in 2020, making it the first time that two artists were nominated for all four awards in one night. In 1968, Bobbie Gentry became the first person and first female artist to be nominated for all four awards, followed by Christopher Cross in 1981 and Fun. in 2013, becoming the first male artist and first group to be nominated, respectively.
Leah Peasall of The Peasall Sisters is the youngest ever Grammy nominee (and winner) as one of the credited artists on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Soundtrack in 2002. Deleon Richards is the youngest performer to receive an individual nomination, for Best Soul/Gospel performance.
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