Grammy Awards – Did You Know?

By | Jan 31, 2010

Elvis Presley was nominated for 14 Grammy’s. He won three times, all for gospel recordings. The Albums How Great Thou Art (1967), and He Touched Me (1972) and his live Memphis concert recording of the song How Great Thou Art (1974). In 1971 at the age of 36 he was also given the Lifetime Achievement Award (known then as the Bing Crosby Award in honor of its first recipient).

DJ Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince won the first award for a Rap Performance. This was in 1989. For those who don’t know it, The Fresh Prince is Will Smith.

Only the composers Richard Rodger and Marvin Hamlisch has won a Grammy, Tony, Oscar, Emmy and the Pulitzer Prize.

Rodgers won one Oscar (Academy Award) in 1945 for Best Song – “It Might As Well Be Spring” from State Fair, an Emmy Award in 1962 for Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composed – Winston Churchill-The Valiant Years, two Grammys in 1960 for Best Show Album (Original Cast) – The Sound of Music and in 1962 for Best Original Cast Show Album – No Strings, 6 Tony’s 1950 for Best Musical – South Pacific, Best Producers, Musical – South Pacific and Best Score – South Pacific then again in 1952 for Best Musical – The King and I, 1960 for Best Musical – The Sound of Music and 1962 for Best Composer – No Strings. His Pulitzer Prizes were a Special Award and Citation in Letters for Oklahoma! in 1944 and Pulitzer Prize for Drama for South Pacific in 1950.

Marvin Hamlisch won 3 Oscar’s/Academy Award in 1973 for Best Music, Original Dramatic Score – The Way We Were, Best Music, Original Song – The Way We Were and Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation – The Sting. His Emmy’s came in 1995 for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Direction – Barbra Streisand: The Concert, Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics – Barbra Streisand: The Concert, Outstanding Music and Lyrics – AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movies and in 2001 for Outstanding Music Direction – Timeless: Live in Concert. In 1974 he won four Grammy’s for Song Of The Year – The Way We Were, Best New Artist Of The Year, Best Pop Instrumental Performance – The Entertainer, and Album Of Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special – The Way We Were. His Tony and Pulitzer Prize was for his musical scoring of A Chorus Line.

Al number of contestants from the show American Idol have gone on to gain Grammy nominations. The first to win was the first season winner Kelly Clarkson. She won two in 2006. Carrie Underwood has won the most at 4 (2 in 2007, and one in each 2008 and 2009). Jennifer Hudson has also had a win.


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