A Grammy Award – originally called Gramophone Award, is an honour awarded by The Recording Academy to recognise outstanding achievement in the mainly English-language music industry.
This year, Beyoncé began the night as the most-nominated artist of 2017 but it was Adele who (once again) won top honours. Adele has not lost a Grammy she has been nominated for since 2010 and has earned 15 so far, including all of the big four categories…
And while some GRAMMYs “scandals” (like Milli Vanilli’s revoked award in 1990 and Jethro Tull’s unlikely heavy metal win in 1988 to name a couple) are well remembered, other GRAMMYs moments don’t come to mind so easily. Check out these things you (probably) didn’t know about The GRAMMYs:
- The first GRAMMY Awards were held on the 4th of May 1959, at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.
- The GRAMMYs were first televised in 1971 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
- Before settling on the term “GRAMMY,” The Recording Academy chose “Eddie” as the nickname for the statuettes given out at their awards. This was inspired by the inventor of the phonograph, Thomas Edison.
- The GRAMMY trophies are hand-crafted in Colorado by a team led by sculptor John Billings. Each statuette is moulded from a zinc/aluminium alloy (Billings calls it “Grammium”) before being hand-filed, buffed, electroplated in 24-karat gold, attached to a lacquered metal base, and polished. Each Grammy takes 15 to 20 hours to produce.
- In 1997, LeAnn Rimes became the youngest artist to ever win a GRAMMY at the age of 14.
- Sinéad O’Connor refused to accept her award for Best Alternative Album in 1991 and boycotted the event. In a letter to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, O’Connor explained that she was protesting the ceremony’s commercialism.
- Snoop Dogg has been nominated 17 times yet still hasn’t won a GRAMMY.
- Country singer Alison Krauss remains the biggest winner among female artists with 27 award wins.
- Michael Jackson and Santana hold the male record for most GRAMMYs won in one night – 8.
- Rap wasn’t introduced as a category until 1989.
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