These 8 Musical Artists Have Never Won a Grammy

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to identify ABBA as a Swedish pop group and to clarify that Dennis Wilson died in 1983.

(NEXSTAR) – As the Recording Academy prepares to honor a new slate of artists with its annual Grammy Awards, you might be surprised how many of music’s biggest artists have yet to win the coveted gramophone. Gold (from which “Grammy” gets its name) .

Here are eight musical juggernauts who have yet to win the trophy.


Mamma mia, mamma mia! The legendary rock band has four nominations under its cap but no wins. Two of the British band’s most famous hits, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Another One Bites the Dust’, lost in their categories, but the remaining band members (frontman Freddie Mercury died in 1991) are unlikely. are too rushed by the losses.

Queen remains one of music’s most influential bands to this day, with Mercury’s biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” winning four Oscars in 2019, including Best Actor for actor Rami Malek, who starred Mercury. Queen is also the 36th best-selling musical artist of all time based on data from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

In this July 20, 1986 file photo, Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury performs in Germany (AP Photo/Marco Arndt)


Mamma mia, here we go again! Sweden’s iconic pop maestros have only been nominated once – and that’s for this Grammys of the Year. The group of exes will compete in the Record of the Year category with their comeback single “I still have faith in you.”

ABBA’s catalog of earworm classics like “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me,” and “Fernando” was introduced to a new generation of audiences with the 1999 hit musical, “Mamma.” Mia! ”, which was adapted for the 2008 film of The Same Name. There was also a sequel not adapted to the film in 2018.

Benny Andersson, Agnetha Foltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Anni-Frid Lyngstad
ABBA’s latest album “Voyage,” released Nov. 5, follows 1981’s “The Visitors,” which until now has been the Swedish supergroup’s swan song. (AP Photo/Tsugufumi Matsumoto)

Snoop Dogg

Under his real name, Calvin Broadus, the “Doggfather of Rap,” has racked up 16 nominations over his decades-long career. While many of his nominations are made up of songs/albums he is featured on, some of his most iconic tracks, like “Gin and Juice”, “Nothin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” and “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” all nods caught. Although he has never won a Grammy, the California native is considered a rap icon, especially west coast hip-hop.

Snoop Dogg performs at halftime during the NFL Super Bowl 56 football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Snoop Dogg performs at halftime during the NFL Super Bowl 56 football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Katy Perry

Perry’s beloved 2010’s “Teenage Dream” album topped the Billboard charts for two years, but the album (nominated for Album of the Year) and its hit singles (“California Gurls”, “Firework”, “Wide Awake” and the title track) failed to strike gold. “Teenage Dream” isn’t short on accolades, though. It was named to numerous year-end and decade-end “best” lists and helped Perry tie Michael Jackson for the number of Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits.

A 2021 retrospective in Fork called the album Perry’s “crowning achievement”.

In this November 30, 2010 file photo, Katy Perry performs at the Grammy nominations concert in Los Angeles
In this November 30, 2010 file photo, Katy Perry performs at the Grammy nominations concert in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)


‘Don’t Stop Believin’: The 27th best-selling group of all time in the US (according to the RIAA) have never won a trophy – and have only been nominated once, according to the Grammys. This is despite several Billboard Top 10 singles, many of which remain popular to this day, including “Open Arms” and “Faithfully.” Meanwhile, the band’s “Don’t Stop Believin” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame as a work of “qualitative or historical significance”. It has remained a popular choice for movies, TV shows, and cover songs, including the hit cover by the cast of “Glee” in 2009.

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj’s 2010 debut “Pink Friday” and 2014’s “The Pinkprint” were both nominated in the Best Rap Album category, and she received a slew of nominations for Best Rap Performance. But the 10 nominations resulted in no wins for the self-proclaimed (although also called so by others) Queen of rap. Although he has never won an award, Minaj is widely considered by critics among the greatest female rappers of all time – if not the the greatest rapper.

Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj presents the award for Favorite Duo or Group (Pop/Rock) at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015 (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, FIle)

Diana Ross

Stop in the Name of Love: This soul/pop legend has 12 nominations to his name but still no trophies. Her first nomination was at the 7th Annual Grammys in 1965, where she was nominated as part of The Supremes. Some of his most famous solo tracks, “Endless Love” and “Upside Down”, have also received acclaim.

But a Grammy-less career hasn’t stopped her from having a breakthrough career: She’s remained a frequently named inspiration to young artists, and her music is often sampled or covered by them. For example, Ross’ work was covered by Amy Winehouse and Janet Jackson, and sampled in Notorious BIG’s iconic 1997 single “More money, more problems.” More recently, her hit “It’s My House” was sampled by Lady Gaga for “Replay.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee released her 25th studio album, titled “Thank You,” last year.

Diana Ross performs a medley at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles.
Diana Ross performs a medley at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

beach boys

The Beach Boys were picking up some good vibes for their hits “Good Vibrations” and “Kokomo,” but the nominations didn’t land Grammys. But don’t worry (baby) about these musicians — they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, and the Grammy Hall of Fame inducted the band for their seminal 1966 album “Pet Sounds.”

While co-founder Dennis Wilson passed away in 1983, the Beach Boys’ legacy reverberates to this day. A 2017 data analysis of 53,630 artists using AllMusic Biographical Data found 422 cited the artists of “God Only Knows” as influential on their sound, making him the sixth most influential musician of all time, according to AllMusic.

The Beach Boys’ are pictured performing in Essen, West Germany, October 30, 1966. From left, Bruce Johston on bass, Dennis Wilson, guitar, Carl Wilson, guitar and Mike Love, vocals. (AP Photo/Klaus Schlagmann)

The 64th Annual Grammy Awards will take place on April 3. Singer-songwriter Jon Batiste leads the field of nominees with 11 total chances to win a gramophone. Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and HER follow with eight nominations each.