Best of the Best: Who’s Won the Most Grammys

Do you need to know who’s won the most Grammys?  The list is more diverse than you may imagine, with a collection of classical, pop, alternative, R&B, country, rock, and bluegrass artists, plus one very accomplished polka musician.

  1. 31 Grammys: Georg Solti.  Prolific conductor Solti earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996. He was Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1969 to 1991 and conducted 999 performances.  He was nominated for 93 Grammys during his illustrious career.
     
  2. 27 Grammys: Quincy Jones. As a singer, songwriter, musician, conductor, producer, and arranger, Jones may be the most multi-faceted artist on this list.  He’s worked with artists from Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson and has been a political activist, including working with Dr. Martin Luther King in the 1960’s and organizing the “We Are The World” recording and fundraising campaign in the 1980’s.
     
  3. 26 Grammys: Alison Krauss.  Although a bluegrass favorite for many years, Krauss didn’t hit the pop music scene until 1990 when she released her single, “Steel Rails.”  In the same year she earned her first Grammy for the album “I’ve Got That Old Feeling.”
     
  4. 22 Grammys: Stevie Wonder and U2.
    Stevie Wonder.  This multi-dimensional superstar has more than thirty Billboard: Hot 100 hits.
    U2. This Dublin band is listed on Rolling Stone magazine’s top 100 bands of all time.
     
  5. 21 Grammys: John Williams. Big budget “go to” composer Williams wrote the scores for “Star Wars”, “Jaws”, “E.T.”, and the entire “Indiana Jones” series of films.  He’s also well known at the Academy Awards, having been nominated more than anyone except Walt Disney and composer Alfred Newman.
     
  6. 20 Grammys: Bruce Springsteen, Henry Mancini, and Vince Gill.
    Bruce
    Springsteen. In 1999 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    Henry Mancini. Mancini won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995.
    Vince Gill. Gill has also won the second most Country Music Awards ever, only behind duo Brooks & Dunn.
     
  7. 18 Grammys: Aretha Franklin, Pat Metheny, and Jimmy Sturr.
    Aretha Franklin.  The “Queen of Soul” was ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as the number one singer of all time.
    Pat Metheny
    . Jazz guitarist Metheny is an icon, winning countless “Best Jazz Guitarist” and  “Record of the Year” honors from jazz magazine Downbeat among many others.
    Jimmy Sturr
    .  He may not be a household name for many, but Sturr sold out Carnegie Hall seven times and Lincoln Center four times. That’s a good polka player.
     
  8. 17 Grammy's: Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, and  Al Schmitt.
    Ray Charles. Rolling Stone Magazine rates pop, R & B, soul, and fusion pianist Ray Charles #10 on their list of the “100 Greatest Musicians of All Time".
    Eric Clapton. In 1994 “Slowhand” was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to music, and in 2006 won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award as a member of rock band Cream.
    Al Schmitt
    . Recording engineer and record producer Schmitt has worked with many of the best, including two who appear on this list: Ray Charles and Henry Mancini.
     
  9. 16 Grammys: Beyonce Knowles, Leonard Bernstein, Chick Corea, Sting, and Yo-Yo Man.
    Beyonce Knowles. R & B artist and actress Knowles is listed by Billboard as the top female artist of the 2000s decade.
    Leonard Bernstein. Composer and conductor Bernstein wrote music for classics like  “West Side Story" and "Candide".
    Chick Corea. Best known for jazz fusion, Corea was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 for his 1968 album “Now He Sings, Now He Sobs."
    Sting
    . This British rocker began with pop band “The Police”, has an Oscar nomination, and is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
    Yo-Yo Ma. An eclectic cellist and composer, he’s written a bluegrass record, performed traditional Chinese melodies, and appeared on several television shows.

     

  10. 15 Grammys: Michael Brecker and B.B. King.
    Michael Brecker. Jazz saxophonist and composer Brecker was inducted in 2007 to the Downbeat Jazz Hall of Fame.
    B.B. King.
    This expressive singer-songwriter and guitarist was is listed by Rolling Stone magazine as #3 on their “Top 100 Guitarists of All Time” list.

 

References:

 Rolling Stone Magazine

Billboard

Country Music Hall Of Fame


 

 

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