Top 10 Legendary Musicians Who Never Won a Grammy


The Grammys, much like the Oscars, have lost some of its luster and credibility in recent years with such pop phenoms such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera taking home Grammys. But even more indefensible is the rock and roll legends that haven’t won a Grammy. Some of the most famous and influential musicians in music history have never won a Grammy and here are the top 10 on the list. Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix won Lifetime Grammy Achievement Awards after their deaths, but we won’t count those since they were given out based on a career and not a year, so to speak.

10. Buddy Holly

Although his success lasted only a year and a half before his death in an airplane crash, Holly is described by critic Bruce Eder as “the single most influential creative force in early rock and roll.” His works and innovations were copied by his contemporaries and later musicians, notably The Beatles, The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones, and exerted a profound influence on popular music. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Holly #13 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Buddy Holly died in 1959, the year of the first Grammy Awards ceremony and was never eligible for a Grammy during his lifetime.

9. The Doors

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The Doors’ music was a fusion of psychedelic rock, hard rock, blues-rock, and acid rock. They were considered a controversial band, due mostly to Morrison’s cryptic lyrics and unpredictable stage persona. After Morrison’s death on July 3, 1971, the remaining members continued as a threesome until disbanding in 1973. Despite a career that barely totaled eight years, The Doors still enjoy a huge cult following as well as status in the mainstream music industry as being hugely influential and original. According to the RIAA, they have sold over 32 million albums in the US alone. The Doors went winless by the Grammys for during their entire eight years together.

8. Lynyrd Skynyrd

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The band became prominent in the Southern United States in 1973, and rose to worldwide recognition before several members, including lead vocalist and primary songwriter Ronnie Van Zant, died in a plane crash in 1977. The band reformed in 1987 for a reunion tour with Ronnie’s younger brother, Johnny Van Zant as the frontman, and continues to record music today. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 13, 2006. The band now has a total of 7 deceased members. A Grammy still eludes this iconic and pioneering Southern rock band.

7. Jimi Hendrix

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Hendrix synthesized many styles in creating his musical voice and his guitar style was unique, later to be abundantly imitated by others. Despite his hectic touring schedule and notorious perfectionism, he was a prolific recording artist and left behind more than 300 unreleased recordings. With all of his popularity and musical influence he never won a Grammy. In 1992, Hendrix was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

6. Queen

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As of 2005, according to The Guinness Book of World Records, Queen albums have spent a total of 1,322 weeks or twenty-seven years on the United Kingdom album charts; more time than any other musical act including The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Also in 2005, with the release of their live album with Paul Rodgers, Queen moved into third place on the list of acts with the most aggregate time spent on the British record charts, but Queen has still never won a Grammy.

5. Grateful Dead

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The Grateful Dead’s musical influences varied widely; in concert recordings or on record albums one can hear psychedelic rock, blues, rock and roll, country-western, bluegrass, country-rock, and improvisational jazz. These various influences were distilled into a diverse and psychedelic whole that made the Grateful Dead “the pioneering Godfathers of the jam band world. 30 years of touring though couldn’t garner a Grammy award.

4. Led Zeppelin

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With their heavy, guitar-driven sound, Led Zeppelin are regarded as one of the first heavy metal bands. However, the band’s individualistic style draws from many sources and transcends any one genre. The band have sold more than 300 million albums worldwide, including 111.5 million sales in the United States and they have had all of their original studio albums reach the U.S. Billboard Top 10, with six reaching the number one spot. Led Zeppelin are ranked #1 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. Rolling Stone magazine has described Led Zeppelin as “the heaviest band of all time” and “the biggest band of the ’70s”. But sorry, no Grammy for you.

3. Diana Ross

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A twelve-time Grammy and Oscar-nominated singer, record producer and actress, whose musical repertoire spans R&B, soul, pop, disco and jazz. During the 1960s, she helped shape the sound of popular music and the Motown Sound as lead singer of The Supremes before leaving for a solo career in the beginning of 1970. Since the beginning of her career with The Supremes and as a solo artist, Diana Ross has sold more than 100 million records. Apparently not enough to win a Grammy though.

2. Bob Marley

He was the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for the ska, rocksteady and reggae bands: The Wailers (1964 – 1974) and Bob Marley & the Wailers (1974 – 1981). Marley remains the most widely known and revered performer of reggae music, and is credited for helping spread Jamaican music to the worldwide audience. Although he never won a Grammy in his lifetime, he was recently announced as a 2007 Grammy Hall of Fame inductee.

1. The Who

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The primary lineup was guitarist Pete Townshend, vocalist Roger Daltrey, bassist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon. They became known for energetic live performances, are one of the most influential rock bands of the 1960s and ’70s, and recognized as one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, their first year of eligibility. According to the New York Times, The Who have sold 100 million records yet were never recognized by the Recording Academy.

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  1. The Grateful Dead were the best musicians by far. They wrote and played more music than the other nine groups combined. They could draw from more than 100 songs on stage and never had a set list. Their music was complex, musical geniuses. How many bands were willing to put themselves out there and show their mistakes? I would urge all of you to put your preconceived notions aside and listen to The Dead and their wide variety of work. (live).

  2. How is Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj and Rihanna not on this list?!?! Where are their Grammys ?!?!!
    Just kidding. I’m honestly just kidding. Lol don’t shoot

  3. This list needs to be updated. Diana Ross received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy award in 2012. That award covers here entire career

    Why in the F do people think that a group like Lynyrd Skynyrd deserves a Grammy? Besides making noise and having nothing but a marginal musical sound, they were rude, low class and crude, always trashing hotel rooms and what not.

  4. Stop spreading your gossip. Artist like Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Paul Simon are described as “hard to work with” yet when women are (especially black women especially in the sixties) they are considered “witches.” Men always get a pass in any industry not just music. And for the record, as a trailblazer and one of the first cross over artists. The industry always tried to put her in a box and she was so much more than that. Berry Gordy was lucky to have Diana Ross at Motown. The Supremes were only second to the Beatles in sales and popularity in the sixties.

  5. People must understand that with the Grammy’s, it’s a committee of peers and industry insiders that vote on who gets to win, it’s a not a vote by fans, like Dick Clark’s American Music Awards.

    Yes, it’s very suprising that someone like Diana Ross has never won a Grammy, considering she was a trailblazer and outsold them all , until Madonna came along, and actually knew how to sing, and sounded much better live than on her records – they didn’t have auto-tune in her day.

    However someone else hit the nail on the head when it comes to Diana Ross. She was very spoiled, demanding, and difficult to work with, as well as being an impossible employer. Diana would fire someone or have them fired just because they looked at her, or she didn’t like their hair style. Ask anyone who’s worked with her. She’s reminded them of Cruella DeVille! Yes, she was an extremely vocally talented lady, but trust me, she will win no industry popularity contests- hence no Grammy. If it weren’t for Berry, she may not have been the legend she is today.

    All that being said, name me one singer or actress that has reached the heights Diana Ross has, that isn’t self centered, demanding ,etc. Self absorbed is was makes these people the kind of people you want to throw money at and gobble up at record stores and movie theatres.

    What does Diana care? She’s got tons of AMAs and other awards and she has a Kennedy Center Award-worth more than any Grammy or Academy Award will ever be worth.

    It’s a little known fact that Diana won the French equivalent of an Academy Awards or Lady Sings The Blues or Mahogany. I’m not sure which one. And she has French Grammy Awards. So Phooey on USA. We’re just stupid simpletons.

    • Your comment was ok until you attacked Diana Ross’ character. She was a trailblazer and very ambitious and new what she wanted. She was also a black woman in the sixties. I have heard many many stories of male rock musicians who were equally ambitious and were hard to get along with. I just saw a documentary last night on Simon and Garfunkel making their iconic album “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”. Paul Simon said that he always included an apology on his albums to people because he wasn’t always a nice guy. Others like Bob Dylan and Neil Young have the same reputation. Your comments seem biased to me. When women (in any field) are ambitious and hard to work with they are considered bitches. Men always get a pass. Ms Ross was different (not your typical soul singer). She was a trailblazer, one of the first cross over artists, and you really have no idea what she was up against. Berry Gordy was lucky to have her at Motown. Period. Stop spreading your gossip. That’s my 2 cents.

  6. Not trying to defend Britney, but on her first two albums, home girl could pack a punch with her voice. It wasn’t till later, that they started auto-tuning and manipulating her songs. I don’t know why they did that. It sounds dreadful. That has more to do with the control of her record company and what they want her to be. Kind of sad, but that’s the way the world is.

    Britney is more of a spectacular dancer and show woman than a singer, so is Madonna. Neither one of them sound especially great live and wouldn’t even make it past American Idol’s judges, but at least Madonna isn’t afraid to make a fool of herself., And Madonna only sounds terrible live , I think ,due in part to her constant and extreme movements on stage

    • I noticed that about Britney too. Her voice sounded much better on her first two albums without all that Auto-Tune, which sounds all kinds of dreadful .AutoTune is what kids want.

  7. I am one with the idea that Britney had a Grammy award is nonsense, she is just a mundane product made by capitalist music industry in which there’s not even a little bit of art. Even her dancing is beyond bullshit, she moves like 5 year-old girls. But.. Even though Christina sings pop as well, it doesnt mean her being worthless. Ok of course we do not even need to mention her vocal ability, but her songs have deep, meaningful lyrics, especially of her album Stripped, opposed to Britney singing and saying only “are you ready, are you ready aha” each 10 seconds. I think Christina Aguilera should not have been mentioned in the article as a way of denigrating, and I even think that she (Christina) is better than most of the artists mentioned here, who couldn’t have had any Grammy.

    • Britney is just T and A and the public buys that nonsense. They seem to care very little about musical talent these days, which is sad, because for me, it’s has ruined the art of pop music.

      Most of these singers in the industry today you wouldn’t even let have a chance at karaoke. They sound terrible live, but somehow they manage to make it.

  8. britney spears has won 1 graamy for best dance recording for toxic but grammy not just awarded pop songs they see more in meaningful musicsongs lyrics

  9. It really hurts to think QUEEN did not win a Grammy!!! Its very hard to understand the thinking of the people who voted at the time. Its a good thing that the people in charge of The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame did the right thing!!!! I have nothing more to say but,,you really missed out on giving a Grammy to a group that showed so much energy in there performence and made people love rock and roll. Ray

  10. QUEEN and all of these artists deserve a lifetime Grammy or some new ones life innovative, legends etc..

    Queen wrote, composed, performed and co produced all of their songs! (all of them)

    They were innovative and each member was a college graduate!

    Furthermore they managed to produce music that was not vulgar and is timeless.

    Freddie Mercury is hands down the Best vocalist and overall musician/writer and showman of all time. Maybe not your favorite of this list but if you look at all of the facts it’s true.

    The most impressive thing about Queen is that the pressed on and like many of the above started so very young with no stage mother or production company to help them at all.

    These guys are all awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  11. It’s funny. Just before I read this list I read one on modern musical plagiarists and I thought that if there’s ever a list of ALL-TIME greatest music stealers, Led Zep would probably take the No. 1 spot. Then, on this list, bassbait made my point for me. The only Grammy Zep should ever have gotten is one for popularizing the work of Willie Dixon and Robert Johnson.

  12. I think it’s worth noting that while Bob marley never got a Grammy this is because there was no category. The fact of his death without one- not to mention the sheer number of people who were reggae fans because of him- helped create the category which his sons have won several times now. So before anyone wonders “why isn’t ____ on this list?” ask yourself if an entire category in the Grammys was created because of your favourite artist’s work.

  13. Relaxation Beverage on

    Queen, Diana Ross, and The Who are pretty surprising, because of their longevity and commercial success.

  14. As a teenager, music is all anyone talks about. I have a great bf who has introduced me to most of the TRUE musicians like Buddy Holly. Although I cant bring myself to actually like the songs, I have MAD respect for them. They represent real talent and creativity. As for the whole Britney Spears thing, she sucks. And she knows it. Thats why she has to get so much media attention to bring herself to the limelight rather than just making a good song that does it for her. She mightve written some of her own songs, but I*ve never heard any of them and they arent as faous as the songs written for her. I just think shes fading fast and sex sells, so they make her look slutty to get sales. Really, what has Britney Spears ever done that was deep? What has she done to make a good impression on other girls? And can anyone say shes a good mother? I dont think so. I think shes a bit ridiculous.

  15. You can take The Doors off the list, because they just won a Grammy for Best long form music video!

  16. Grammy Awards Lose the? Remaining Credibility They Had

    With Beyonce winning more Grammys in 1 night than? any other female artist in history, the awards have finally lost whatever remaining credibility they had

    Consider the women who Beyonce has bested. They include: Whitney Houston, Anita Baker, Sade, Patti Labelle, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Mariah Carey, and Chaka Khan. Pity.

    PS: This is not entirely the fault of the Grammys. It is also a reflection of the absolutely bankrupt state of the contemporary pop/r&b music scene.

    Update: Apparently, in one night, Beyonce won the same amount of Grammys that Whitney Houston has won in her entire career, and she topped Mariah Carey’s five.

  17. lol at people who think Britney isn’t a legand. She has sold over 100 million records, has countless number 1 singles around the world, and one of the best entertainers of all time.

  18. Not a fan of Britney but to say that Toxic isn’t a good song and wasn’t worthy of Best Dance Recording that year is nuts. You can’t say you like or respect good music by completely dismissing that song.

    Really the reason why these artists listed don’t have any grammys have nothing to do with Britney, Christina or Beyonce, whatever. They have about 39390290 (okay I’m exaggerating a bit) more categories now that cover all kinds of genres of music which wasn’t true back in the day.

  19. Guitar teacher on

    LOL who would mention Brittney along with Queen, Led Zeppelin, and the others on the list?!?

  20. Really, what is wrong with the grammys? Buddy Holly, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Diana Ross..EVERYONE ON THE LIST SHOULD HAVE WON A GRAMMY!!!

    • But it’s so much better that they didn’t, as it shows that the Grammy is just a joke. Seriously, who listens to an artist/band BECAUSE they won a Grammy? Oh, and The Who FTW. To anyone who disagrees with them, being on the list, go listen to ’em on Youtube. Entwhistle and Moon, especially, were masters of their instruments, and you’ll run into few drummers and bassists that don’t cite them as major inspirations.

    • Well Diana Ross should be taken off the list now, cause she was awarded a Lifetime Grammy in Feb 2012, the best Grammy you can get.


      Chuck Schuldiner and Mikael Akerfeldt are the gods of music, regardless of genre.

      As for this list, Queen should have gotten second place, The Who deserves top, and Led Zeppelin's music should be burned. Not one song they wrote wasn't stolen from somebody else. For this reason, not one of their songs can POSSIBLY deserve a grammy, and so they don't deserve one either. It's like Metallica getting a grammy, it's just sick. Death and Opeth need Grammys.

  21. …..britney spears is an entertainer. As an artist, she's a nobody. Her songs that she wrote herself never achieved anything. She should be respected as a dancer but as a singer, she lacks true talent. In today's society, u get some catchy beat get britney spears to sing it, autotune that shit, strip her so that she is only wearing a bikini, make her shake her booty, photoshop her, and there u go, u have a britney single that will win some useless awards, get over millions of hits, get a crap load of imbecile fans fawning over her, and it will hit #1 on itunes and billboards. Britney cannot sing and she even admitted herself one time that she would much rather have a voice of artists like Christina, Kelly, or Alicia.

    • Really, all of you Britney haters are exhaustively ignorant. The girl has some assemblance of a singing voice other wise she would not have a music career. I have to constantly remind people that Britney had not even dabbled in the world of auto tune until her fourth album and by then she already was named the largest debut by both a teenage and an American artist selling well over thirty some odd million albums. Please for the love of god do not say its all her sex appeal because you cannot see sex appeal through your speakers. When Britney wishes that she had a voice like Christina she, like some many other people, are tricked into thinking that just because you can use your voice to jump through hoops you are in the least bit musical useful. Thankfully oversouling have been exposed and everyone agrees its tacky and down right awful.

      • Oh really? Hmm, that explains why I only bought the first TWO of her albums, The first two albums she actually sang. I can’t stand AutoTune. It makes me sick to my stomach and is obviously used by artists that are lazy or otherwise can’t sing anymore. I’d rather listen to the Dixie Chicks than Britney’s autotune whoring. And I don’t even like country, or so I thought.

        Britney is heavily pitch corrected. That means, anyone can be a singer in today’s market, which CHEAPENS the art form, you dweeb. And the industry wonders why they have a problem selling record units in the large amounts they used to be able to

        • Not only are you grossly late to the party (my comment was made two years ago) but, you haven’t the intelligence to articulate a response without resorting to name calling. You clearly don’t have the authority to comment on the subject when you completely misinterpret the current music landscape. We are in an era, a digital era, where people can download an album for free, however illegally. You can purchase single tracks from an album without purchasing the entire effort via iTunes, Amazon etc. Please save yourself the embarrassment and accept your loss in this battle.

  22. The doors should be higher up. And they have won a Grammy. Not when Jim was still alive but they have won one in the last couple of years.

  23. Are you serious? The Who above arguably the most influential artist this world has ever seen. Bob Marley is far and away number one on this list. The Who is a terrific band, but take a back seat to everybody on this list except maybe the Grateful Dead. You've got the right artists, just wrong order.

    My top 10:

    1. Bob Marley

    2. Diana Ross

    3. Jimi Hendrix

    4. Led Zeppelin

    5. Buddy Holly

    6. Lynyrd Skynyrd

    7. The Doors

    8. Queen

    9. The Who

    10. Grateful Dead

    • The Who are the most influential on that list. Know your music??? I mean this is a no-brainer. If not for the Who are their undeniable talent, music could have a different face today.

      • what about led zeppelin? their track ‘stairway to heaven’ is among the most popular and influential works in rock music, and also considering other influecing songs they produced. im not saying The Who sucks, they are good. but Led Zeppelin should be the most influential guys on that list. they are one of the most bootlegged artists in the history of rock music

        • lol, Led Zeppelin were also a product of The Who. Moon and the Ox formed the band and decided to stay with the Who. Moon named the Band Led Zeppelin and The Ox designed their first album cover. Look it up. But you are talking about a band that had a few songs that made it big. and my point was that Rock N Rock was banned in the early sixties. Even the Who, but The Who had so much talent Rock N Rock was accepted. But it was also the personality of The Who. They were intelligent, Funny, Charming as well. Roger Daltrey was really the first Sex Symbol in Rock as well.

      • Hendrix and Zeppelin are just as influential as The Who, and Buddy Holly is the most influential on the list. Did The Who influence The Beatles and The Rolling Stones? Didn’t think so.

        • Hendrix copied Pete Townsend dude. Keith Richards even said it. It was so hard NOT to copy The Who, that the Stones started making that funky music Disco/Rock Tech… These are facts. After many bands heard the Who, they were obviously the most talented rock band ever. It was hard not to copy their style. But this came from The Who’s editor. The Who’s editor even said The Who were miles ahead in every phase. synthesizer? Townsend was the only person that could program it. Pete Townsend has always been known to be this musical genies. The other bands were good, but not genius.

    • Look people, the Who are the greatest Rock Band ever. This was already put to a test in 1979. All the Radio Stations had the voting for the top Rock Band ever. The Beatles, the Stones Led Zeppelin were leading the polls for a while, and then The Who Fans got fed up and started voting. The Who totally destroyed the rest. The only reason the other bands were leading was because Who fans (which is the majority) know The Who put every other Rock Band to shame. They do not have to vote for this, but they finally did. The Who were voted the Top Rock Band of the 70s and the only band to come close since then is U2. But still The Who PUT EVERYONE TO SHAME. and yes U2 was inspired the most by The Who. Bono even said it. So all this other talk about the other, the Rolling Stones? Townsend use to tune Keith Richards Guitar for crying out loud! Pete Townsend plays 22 insturments. You can not compare the rest. The Who absolutely put everyone to shame and the entire Rock & Roll industry is built around Pete Townsend’s work

  24. Regarding the first 5 or 6 replies.
    Noone is saying that Britney is as good as these legendary artists, but I don’t see anything wrong in the fact that she won in the Best Dance Recording category.
    Also, she DOES write some of her songs. She wrote and co-wrote about 40 songs, not bad considering that she is mainly an entertainer and not a real musician. And she writes her songs on piano, so yes, she can play an instrument.

  25. This is a fantastic list, but when these artist were popular there was a lot of racism in the country, not only that alot of the voters of the Academy were stuffed shirt conservatives and do you really think they would have voted for acts that played songs that had drug references, sexual innuendo and the like.

  26. "britney spears? can you tell me how many songs britney has written in her life? can you tell me what instrument britney plays? give me a break, britney has no talent, she sings songs other people write for her. you are a joke of a human being"

    She has written A LOT of her songs on her studio albums and she's written tons of unreleased songs. So if anyone here is a joke it's you.

    Elvis didn't write his material too and Jimi Hendrix has a CRAPPY voice, but they are a joke too right? You people know nothing about music. Britney isn't a singer, she is a performer, an entertainer and she deserved the last bit of success she will get

    • Just because Britney Spears writes some of her own songs doesn't make her good. Having a good career does not make her talented. She's a product of her label and her dying sex appeal. That's it. She's overstayed her welcome, only survived by blind, ignorant young girls who still think she's anything they'd WANT to be, perverts who want her in bed, and the media circus that she creates. Take those things away and what do you have?

      A cheap stripper who does karaoke.

  27. I think the reason why some bands did not won a grammy coz' druing that time, the music industry were dominated by rock and roll bands so the competition was very tough.

  28. I second RUSH. I am astounded by the fact that The Who wasn't recognized by the recording academy. Led Zeppelin should be lower on the list, but not before The Who. …Maybe. Hell, they're both great.

  29. eh countess,

    you realise that she may be the one of the worst singers of this generation.

    She uses software which enhances peoples voices, this is usually used in movies and such when an actor can't sing but is perfect for the part.

    if you don't believe me look it up on youtube when the software wouldn't work from her.

    I'm astonished Queen and The who have never won a grammy!

  30. I'm doubting most of you can't recognize a troll when it's bloody making the first comment!

    Great list by the way.

  31. Musically Inclined on

    At 27, most of the musicians on on this list, and that you asked about, countless, were busy being legendary musicians in America and England and such. Please, stfu.

  32. Queen should be at the top!!!! I can't believe they have never won a grammy!!! We should protest cos all these musicians are amazing!!!

  33. britney spears? can you tell me how many songs britney has written in her life? can you tell me what instrument britney plays? give me a break, britney has no talent, she sings songs other people write for her. you are a joke of a human being

    • hey,think before you post! you don't know who britney is! She wrote these songs:


      Ooh Ooh Baby




      Let Me Be

      That's Where You Take Me

      Before the Goodbye


      Me Against the Music


      Early Mornin'

      Touch Of My Hand

      The Hook Up


      Brave New Girl

      Don't Hang Up

      Dear Diary

      And Then We Kiss

      Over to You Now

      Someday I will understand

      Mona Lisa

      Let Go

      Sippin' On

      Little Me

      Baby Boy


      And Britney Can play the PIANO..

      Don't underestimate Britney!She'll never be a music icon if she don't know how to play a single instrument!

      • wow looks like your that LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!!! girl

        anyways this list is awesome all these artist are gods!

      • ‘She’ll never be a music icon if she don’t know how to play a single instrument!’

        i don’t believe i’ve ever heard a 6th, 7th, Augmented, Diminished etc Chord in any of these songs.
        all majors and minors. and 3 or 4 chords at that. So Yes, she may play the piano, but that’s like calling someone a artist when they paint with a pallet of 3 colours.
        to quote Hicks – Brittany and all those cut from the same cloth ‘Are demons, sent here to lower the standard!’

  34. i tihnk led zeppelin is too low on this list, also this list convinced me the grammys are stupid so i dont care about them so i dont care who wins or doesnt win so i dont care about about this list. like my game? drop me a line

    [email protected]

  35. Random Soliloquy on

    Excellent list.

    I sort of like that my favorite musicians are Grammy-less. It reaffirms my belief that the Academy is ridiculously snobbish as well as deaf and dumb.

    BTW, Britney still has plenty of time to put on a decent top and write a real song. Old sex doesn't sex nearly as well as young sex, so if she's interested in a Madonna-esque career, she is going to have to scrounge up some talent.

  36. Classic Rock had a tough time at the Grammys because much of the sound is too strong for the delicate sensibilities of the Academy…and the great rockers weren't likely to self-promote through sycophantic pandering to the voters. Heck, that's one of the things that made them so great! At any rate, this is a great list and, judging by some of the drivel earning awards today, may not need to be updated for decades! Good job!

  37. Jill...NOT Jillian on

    Countess, some of who you mentioned are good artists, yes…but if you read the title of the list, it says "top 10 legendary musicians who never won a grammy" and not to mention, britbrit could not even hold a candle to freddie, buddy or led zep.

    Now, go listen to some classic rock!

  38. Yeah, but those people are relatively new artists.

    FYI, Britney sings songs that people have wrote for her.

    Queen of Pop? Queen of Lip-Synching, perhaps?

    Or maybe, Queen of Rubbish dancing?

    Think before you write such comments…

  39. People!!! Britney Spears? yes what's wrong with her? where was Bob Marley at 27 years old? and where was Queen at 27 years old? at this age she's the Queen of Pop. Britney Spears shld have won 10 grammys by now! She is a great artist! what lil wayne is better? or kanye west? or justin timberlake(6 grammys)? why not talk abt these people? think b4 u write such articles….

    • Britney Spears has no talent, just electronic voice manipulators. And once Lil Wayne and Kayne stop not only being d-bags and start talking about life more than "I'm gonna **** you now" they'll start winning.

    • And Duane Allman dedicated his short life to, and succeeded in becoming one of the greatest slide guitarists of all time. Do you know what that means? It means you're a god damn idiot. Age means nothing and Britney is an exposure queen. They expose her to idiots who don't know, appreciate, or understand music outside of having something to hum all day in their head. In case you don't understand how exposure works it means the more people that see her, the more people likely to buy her crapass albums. So, considerings to get on radio you need the backing of an Independent Producer (they can only produce like 10 people cause they need their songs played 2000+x daily on all top 40 stations under their banner. Oh, and by the way, NO ONE can get on the radio without making the cookie cutter songs IP's like clear channel want) the labels that produce artists have to spend millions on these people to get radio play so that they, the record companies, aren't directly paying the people at the stations which would violate payola laws. In the interest of making copious amounts of monies or even in some cases just to stay afloat to support more substantial artists, labels bring on Britneys who are basically actors/actresses who can dance and act ridiculous enough to make enough racket on TV to sell their album. See how this works? She's a song and dance routine without talent. She's a singer/musician right? Then why does she dance to the point she can't sing on stage??? Sounds like music is waaaay important to her; i mean to the point she would rather shake her ass for millions of people instead of express herself with powerful, thoughtful, heartfelt. Besides, she doesn't write her own music, they have formula's for this shit. They write and over-produce it for her, she sings, then they edited, then she dances while it's played on a loudspeaker and all over the radio 24/7 so that she gets all the exposure necessary to sell to you, the idiot ass consumer (re-read your non-nonsensical babbling post again) that thinks the Grammy's are honestly an awards show and not a moneymaking scheme. You're not musically versed so don't sit on here and pretend like you are.

      • Man i wish I could talk to you Josh. I’m writing a research essay for a class right now based on influences of pop culture on music. You’re dead on about the Grammy’s being a money making scheme. My whole paper is going to be based on money and image ruining music. However i’m having trouble articulating it. Can’t think of a more credible way to say that music like Brittney’s is overproduced garbage that is popular based on money and a consumerism driven pop culture. Been a long time since you posted this but oh well, shot in the dark.

    • The music Brittney writes is terrible! Have you listened to her at all? Also Jim Morrison of the doors achieved all of his AMAZING music BEFORE HE WAS 27!! he died when he was 27 and so was Jimi frigging Hendrix he also accomplished all of his amazing music befor and while he was 27 intact almost all of these bands did. but all of these people who are on this list deserve hundreds of Grammys not the horrible music and their artists you just mentioned. And I think I would know if Brittany spears or kanye or lil Wayne deserved a Grammy… Which they don't cuz I'm 16 and have listened to their music… All Brittany has accomplished is being known as a skank and a flipping psycho. Also who played at the Super Bowl this year not brittany and who is selling out concert venues right now let's see Robert plant not Brittany spears… In fact you're the one who should think about posting before thinking about how amazing all of these people were and how almost all of them accomplished something amazing BEFORE they were 27

        • ‘Derek says:
          December 17, 2010 at 12:17 am
          Britney has a good voice and some of the best pop songs of all time. Stay jealous.’

          haha… dude you make me VERY F**KING WORRIED about the future of music!

        • Britney requires autotune to sound good. There is a reason she does not sing live. Her songs may have been catchy, but it had nothing to do with her.

    • Britney Spears already has a grammy! Toxic won Best Dance Recording in 2005. Calm down, people.

    • Where was Queen at 27 years old? Let’s see. By their age of 27 all four had received their college degrees and Freddie Mercury was busy writing the lyrics & the music for BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY plus many other classics. Hello?!?!?!?! Learn some rock history please. Freddie’s voice alone could run circles around Britney. She is not even fit to be the dirt under Freddie’s fingernails.

      • Freddie Mercury and Queen were and are STILL the gods of rock!! They could vomit better songs and music than any of today’s pop losers!! If Freddie were still alive who knows what the face of rock and roll would be today! Long live QUEEN!

    • You can’t be serious. Get over your emotional crap and get real. Where was Bob Marley at 27 and Queen at 27???? Are you for real. Your little PUPPET QUEEN has no talent whatsoever. Can’t sing live to safe her life has no contribution to make to society. No lyrics of any sense. You are talking clearly out of your a..hole.

    • Jimi Hendrix died at 27 and so did Jim Morrison. Bob Marley was cutting records that you’ve never heard of, in Africa at that age.