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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).
The record for the most Grammy Awards won in a lifetime is held by Georg Solti, a Hungarian-British conductor who conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for twenty-two years. He has won a total of 31 competitive Grammy Awards out of 74 nominations and was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.
Georg Solti has won a total of 31 Grammy Awards.
|Paul McCartney[note 1]|
Alison Krauss has, as a solo artist, collaborator and producer, won 27 Grammy Awards.
|1||Alison Krauss[note 2]||27|
|12||Mary J. Blige||9|
|Hillary Scott[note 4]|
U2 holds the record for most Grammy Awards won by a group. They have won 22 awards.
|2||Alison Krauss and Union Station||14|
|5||Pat Metheny Group||10|
|6||The Manhattan Transfer||9|
|Emerson String Quartet|
|Asleep At The Wheel|
|Simon & Garfunkel|
|Los Tigres del Norte|
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.
|8||T Bone Burnett||13|
|Jay David Saks|
John Williams with 24 awards holds the record for most Grammy Awards won by a composer or songwriter. Some composers and writers have also won awards as producers, singers, and conductors.
|22||Paquito D' Rivera||12|
Al Schmitt, with 20 awards, has won more Grammy Awards than any other 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.
|1||8 years||Leah Peasall|
|2||11 years||Hannah Peasall|
|3||14 years||Sarah Peasall|
|4||14 years, 182 days||LeAnn Rimes|
|5||14 years, 313 days||Luis Miguel|
|6||17 years, 80 days||Lorde|
|7||18 years, 105 days||Daya|
|8||18 years, 123 days||Monica|
|9||19 years, 67 days||Christina Aguilera|
|10||19 years, 112 days||LaTavia Roberson|
|1||20 years, 49 days||Taylor Swift|
|2||21 years, 242 days||Alanis Morissette|
|3||22 years, 18 days||Barbra Streisand|
|4||23 years, 274 days||Lauryn Hill|
|5||23 years, 283 days||Adele|
|6||23 years, 293 days||Stevie Wonder|
|7||23 years, 330 days||Norah Jones|
Pinetop Perkins is the oldest person to win a Grammy. In 2011 he was awarded Best Traditional Blues Album for Joined At The Hip at 97 years of age.
|1||97 years, 221 days||Pinetop Perkins|
|2||95 years, 31 days||George Burns|
|3||94 years, 132 days||Jimmy Carter|
|4||91 years, 137 days||Jimmy Carter|
|5||90 years, 52 days||Elizabeth Cotten|
|6||90 years, 26 days||Betty White|
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.
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.
|Rank||Albums and artists||Awards|
|1||How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb — U2||9|
|Supernatural — Santana|
|3||Come Away With Me — Norah Jones||8|
|Genius Loves Company — Ray Charles|
|Thriller — Michael Jackson|
|6||All That You Can't Leave Behind — U2||7|
|Back on the Block — Quincy Jones|
|21 — Adele|
|24K Magic — Bruno Mars|
|10||Back To Black — Amy Winehouse||6|
|The Blueprint 3 — Jay Z|
|Bridge Over Troubled Water — Simon & Garfunkel|
|Raising Sand — Robert Plant & Alison Krauss|
|The Return of Roger Miller — Roger Miller|
|Taking the Long Way — Dixie Chicks|
|To Pimp a Butterfly — Kendrick Lamar|
|Toto IV — Toto|
|Unforgettable... with Love — Natalie Cole|
|Unplugged — Eric Clapton|
The record for most Album of the Year wins is four.
Three recording artists, four record producers, two mastering engineers and four engineer/mixers have won the award three times.
Pat Metheny and his band the Pat Metheny Group have won 20 Grammy Awards in total, including seven consecutive awards for seven consecutive albums. Metheny held the record for Grammy wins in the most different categories as of the 2005 Grammy Awards:
Aretha Franklin holds the record for winning the most consecutive Grammys in the same category. She won the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance every year from 1968 to 1975, for an eight-year winning streak. She also won in this category in 1982, 1986, and 1988, giving her 11 wins in the category.
Sturr won six years in a row between 1987 and 1992 for Best Polka Album. He also won for three runs of four consecutive years (1996–1999, 2001–2004, and 2006–2009.) He won 18 out of the 24 Best Polka Album Grammys that were awarded since that category was added in 1985. The award was discontinued in 2009.
Cosby won six years in a row between 1965 and 1970 for Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.
Williams won six years in a row between 1978 and 1983 for Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.
There have been only two artists who have won all four General Field awards. In 1981, Christopher Cross won Record, Album and Song of the Year as well as Best New Artist. Adele is the second artist to win all four, and the first female to do so. In 2009, she won Best New Artist and in 2012 and 2017, she won Record, Album and Song of the Year.
The Record for Most Grammys won in one night is eight. Michael Jackson won eight in 1984 and Santana tied Jackson's record in 2000.
|1||Michael Jackson (1984)||8|
|3||Roger Miller (1966)||6|
|Quincy Jones (1991)|
|Eric Clapton (1993)|
|Bruno Mars (2018)|
Michael Jackson won eight in 1984.
|1||Michael Jackson (1984)||8|
|2||Roger Miller (1966)||6|
|Quincy Jones (1991)|
|Eric Clapton (1993)|
|Bruno Mars (2018)|
The record most Grammys won by a female artist in one night is six. Beyoncé and Adele each won six in 2010 and 2012, respectively.
|3||Lauryn Hill (1999)||5|
|Alicia Keys (2002)|
|Norah Jones (2003)|
|Amy Winehouse (2008)|
|Alison Krauss (2009)|
In 2000, Santana was awarded a total of 8 awards. They won the awards for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals, Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Best Pop Instrumental Performance, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals, Best Rock Instrumental Performance and Best Rock Album.
|2||Simon & Garfunkel (1971)||5|
|Dixie Chicks (2007)|
|Lady Antebellum (2011)|
|Foo Fighters (2012)|
The record for most awards won 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 the Dixie Chicks, Best Rock Album for the Red Hot Chili Peppers as well as Producer of the Year, Non Classical.
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 Engineered Album Non Classical, Best Alternative Music Album 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'.
Christopher Cross (1981) received all four General Field awards in one night. Cross won the Record of the Year ("Sailing"), Album of the Year ("Christopher Cross"), Song of the Year ("Sailing"), and Best New Artist Grammys in a single ceremony.
The three biggest Grammy Awards are Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Seven artists have won all three in one night. Adele is the only artist in Grammy history to accomplish this twice.
The most awards awarded to an album in one night is nine. 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 Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals, Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Best Pop Instrumental Performance, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals, Best Rock Instrumental Performance and Best Rock Album.
Ray Charles holds the record for most posthumous awards won in one night. He was awarded five Grammy Awards in 2005 including Album of the Year.
|2||Paul McCartney[note 5]||78|
|3||Jay Z[note 6]||77|
|13||Jay David Saks||53|
|15||Thomas Z. Shepard||50|
Michael Jackson and Babyface hold the record for most Grammy nominations in one night with 12 nominations.
|The Manhattan Transfer||1986|
The record for most Grammy nominations without a win is 26, held by Morten Lindberg.
|1||Paul McCartney (1966)||9|
|2||Kanye West (2017)||8|
|5||Stevie Wonder (1983)||7|
|Kendrick Lamar (2014)|
|8||Henry Mancini (1959)||6|
|Thomas Z. Shepard (1970)|
|Mariah Carey (1996)|
|50 Cent (2006)|
|Bruno Mars (2012)|
|13||Robert M. Jones (1961)||5|
|Elvis Presley (1961)|
|Frank Sinatra (1961)|
|James Taylor (1971)|
|Eugene Ormandy (1971)|
|Vittorio Negri (1979)|
|Paul McCartney (1983)|
|Jay David Saks (1986)|
|Leonard Bernstein (1989)|
|Joan Osborne (1996)|
|Avril Lavigne (2003)|
|50 Cent (2004)|
|Alicia Keys (2006)|
|Gwen Stefani (2006)|
|James Blunt (2007)|
|Jazmine Sullivan (2009)|
|Ari Levine and Philip Lawrence (2011)|
|Lil Wayne (2012)|
|Drake (2014, 2016)|
|No I.D. (2018)|
|Maren Morris (2019)|
|1||Quincy Jones||15||General field, spoken word, arranging, music video/film, jazz, pop, rap,|
|2||Paul McCartney||11||General field, pop, arranging, rock, traditional, music for visual media, music video/film, spoken word, historical, alternative music and rap|
|3||David Foster||10||General field, r&b, arranging, composition, music for visual media, production, music video/film, pop, traditional and musical theatre|
|Bob Dylan||General field, country, gospel/contemporary Christian music, rock, music video/film, music for visual media, folk pop, American roots and traditional|
|5||Jack White||9||General field, rock, alternative, country, pop, package, music video/film, American roots and engineered album|
|Béla Fleck||Country, pop, jazz, American roots, world music, classical, folk, spoken word, composition and arranging|
|Janet Jackson||General field, pop, r&b, rock, arranging, rap, music video/film, dance and production, non-classical|
|8||Cyndi Lauper||8||General field, rock, pop, music video/film, dance, arranging, American roots and musical theater|
|Elton John||General field, pop, musical theatre, rock, music video/film, music for visual media, composition and r&b|
|Prince||General field, pop, r&b, rock, engineered album, music video/film, music for visual media and production, non-classical|
|Michael Jackson||General field, pop, r&b, rock, disco, children's, music video/film and production, non-classical|
|Danger Mouse||General field, pop, r&b, rock, rap, alternative, music video/film and production, non-classical|
|Herbie Hancock||General field, pop, r&b, rock, jazz, music video/film, music for visual media and composition|
|Lionel Richie||General field, pop, r&b, music for visual media, dance, arranging, gospel/contemporary Christian music and production, non-classical|
|Justin Timberlake||General field, pop, r&b, country, rap, music for visual media, dance and music video/film|
|Stevie Wonder||General field, pop, r&b, arranging, composition, music for visual media, music video/film and production, non-classical|
|Beyoncé||General field, pop, r&b, rock, rap, music for visual media, surround sound and music video/film|
|Pharrell Williams||General field, pop, r&b, dance, rap, music for visual media, music video/film and production, non-classical|
Only ten artists have been nominated for all four General Field awards in one night.
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.
|1||8 years||Leah Peasall|
|2||8 years, 161 days||Deleon Richards|
|3||11 years||Hannah Peasall|
|4||12 years, 126 days||Zac Hanson|
|5||12 years, 155 days||Joey Alexander|
|6||12 years, 199 days||Michael Jackson|
|7||12 years, 234 days||Kelvin Grant|
|8||12 years, 273 days||Billy Gilman|
|9||14 years, 45 days||Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith|
|10||14 years, 140 days||Marie Osmond|
|11||14 years, 182 days||LeAnn Rimes|
|12||14 years||Sarah Peasall|
|13||14 years, 197 days||Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly|
|14||14 years, 313 days||Luis Miguel|
|15||14 years, 348 days||Taylor Hanson|
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