The Grammy Award (originally called Gramophone Award) is considered to be the “Olympics” of music. It is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. For more than 60 years, it has been the great equalizer across musical genres. From country to pop to hip-hop to R&B, etc., the Grammys transcend mainstream popularity statuses, honoring many artists who have become household names. This also includes the names whom many viewers hear about for the first time.
While many artists long for a prestigious award such as this, there are some who deserve to have one but have not earned any. And, if we were to list them, it would take us a whole page to write down their names.
What do you think Patsy Cline, Kenny Chesney, and Dierks Bentley all have in common? Well, they are all great artists but there is this one thing that they should have. Believe it or not, they have never won a Grammy!
While the fight to a Grammy award is so tight, not everyone goes home a winner. Even some of the greatest country artists have never brought home the golden gramophone. Some may have coveted a plethora of awards, may have broken attendance records at their live shows, or who have written over 36 Top 10 songs. Even some artists have been nominated for a Grammy 14 times, but still, no Grammy was brought home.
Aside from the three singers aforementioned, here is a list of country artists who have never earned this prestigious award:
This country crooner may have set and then broken an arena record for concert attendance in less than 24 hours, but surprisingly, he is “Grammy-less.” Church has been nominated seven times, but he has never managed to walk away with a trophy.
Chesney got his very first Grammy nomination in 2005 for Best Country Collaboration With Vocal category. Since then, he has been nominated five times. With all the nominations plus 12 CMA and ACM awards, it’s shocking that he still doesn’t have a Grammy trophy yet.
One of the best classic country artists of all time, Cline would have racked up tons of awards if only her promising career was not cut short by her sudden death. Despite having a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy and two of her songs, "Crazy" and "I Fall to Pieces," have landed in the Grammy Hall of Fame, she has never won a traditional Grammy award trophy.
Like Patsy Cline, the Everly Brothers have received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. However, they were never awarded the traditional Grammy trophy. In spite of that, they were inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Legendary singer-songwriter Bill Anderson has released more than 40 albums and written songs that have been recorded by a bunch of fellow artists. Also, he has also been an esteemed member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1961, but he has never had any Grammy under his name.
Although McBride is one of the most-nominated artists in Grammy history, raking a total of 14 nominations, she hasn’t taken home the award yet.
Just like McBride, Bentley has had 14 nominations under his name. Also, he has raked awards from other award-giving bodies. However, he, too, doesn’t have a Grammy yet.
Tucker has received a dashing 10 Grammy nomination over the course of her 40-year career. Unfortunately, this veteran country artist has never earned a Grammy that she deserves.
This year’s Grammy awards will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Feb. 10th. The ceremony will be televised at 8 PM ET on CBS. Meanwhile, the pre-telecast Premiere Ceremony will be available to stream online earlier in the evening.