Top 5 Artist of all time that have never won a Grammy

Published on April 10th, 2017

Five Deserving Musical Artists Who’ve Never Won Grammys

By: Susan Monaghan


Snoop Dogg


The artist formerly known as Snoop Doggy Dog, Snoop Lion, and sometimes just Snoop, has been nominated for more Grammys than any other non-winning artists (15 as of now), and in multiple categories: best reggae album, best rap song, album of the year, best pop collaboration…etc. He’s been active on the scene of rap, reggae, and pop since 1992, when he was discovered by Dr. Dre and prominently featured on The Chronic.




Bjork is one of the most active, iconic alternative artists working today, and for good reason: her career spans four decades and several mediums, including television and production work. She’s been nominated 13 times thus far, her most frequent nominations falling under the category of Best Alternative Music Album and Best Music Video.


Nicki Minaj


Nicki Minaj has been an undeniable force in rap and pop music for several years now. Born in Trinidad and raised in New York, Minaj was discovered by Lil Wayne after releasing three attention-grabbing mixtapes in the late 2000s. A New York Times editor has since called her “the most influential female artist of all time.” Her nominations (10 as of now) include Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Album, and Best Rap Song.




Consensus remains that Tupac was one of the greatest musical artists of all time, and was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as of April 7th. He may never have won the Grammy, but as Leonard Cohen said about Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize win in 2016, “It’s like pinning a medal on Mount Everest for being the highest mountain.” His nominations (5) came from the Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Album, and Best Rap Performance by a Group categories.


Katy Perry


Katy Perry started out as a teen gospel singer in 2001 – 16 years later, she’s one of the biggest pop stars of the new millennium, and the second artist ever to produce five number-one songs in America (after Michael Jackson’s album, Bad). Katy’s award nominations (13, tied with Bjork) mostly come from the Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal categories, but she’s also scored a few for Album and Song of the year.


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