The Grammy’s Have Been Around for 1/2 Century

By | Feb 9, 2008

2008 marks the 50th year of the annual Grammy Awards. They were first awarded in 1959 for the year 1958. A national contest was held to name the award with the winning entry going to Jay E. Danna of New Orleans. The award is shaped like a gramophone.

The first live telecast of the Grammy Awards was in 1971. One of the performances at that show was Three Dog Night doing their new release Joy to the World. The song was the most popular song of 1971 and they performed it again at the 1972 ceremony. It was nominated for record of the year in 1972, but did not win.

Elvis Presley may be the King of Rock and Roll, but the three Grammy Awards he won were all for his gospel music.

LeeAnn Rimes is the youngest person to win an award. She was 14 when she won the award for Best New Artist in 1997. Shewasn’t the youngest nominated. That honor goes to Billy Gilman, who was 12 when he was nominated for Best Country Vocal Artist in 2001.

Quincy Jones with 79 has had the most nominations. Alan Parson and Joe Santrani have each been nominated for 13 awards. Neither has yet to take home an award, the most nominations without a win. The performer with the most Grammy Award with a total of 38 is the conductor Sir Georg Solti. He was nominated a total of 74 times.

Jimmy Carter, Martin Luther King Jr, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are a few of the people who have won a Grammy award in the category of Best Spoken Word.


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