If your reaction when looking through the list of Grammy Award nominees in the poll categories is “Aren’t they nominated every year?,” you are not alone. Many people get a feeling of déjà vu when they watch 64 every year Grammy Awards nominees as they were announced last week.
Bruno Mars received the sixth record nod of the year for Silk Sonic smash “Leave the door open.” Only two other artists in Grammy history who have accumulated six or more records of the year are nods. Free Sinatra and Beyoncé lead with seven each.
Billie Eilish was nominated for the record of the year for the third year in a row with “Happier than ever”. Only four other artists have been nominated in this category three or more years in a row. Sinatra led with four nods (1958-61); Roberta Flack (1972-74), Steve Winwood (1986-88) and Post Malone (2018-20) each nominated for three years.
Lady Gaga also received a third nod in the category for her Tony Bennett collab “I Get a Kick Out of You.” This was Bennett’s fourth nod in the category – although of course his nominations lasted much longer – until 1962, the award’s fifth year.
Apparently these are the current favorite artists of the Grammy Awards.
But here’s the thing: Every era has its Grammy favorites, artists who seem to have the potential to pile up awards and nominations — at least for a while. Just as no one stays at the top of the charts forever, no one stays in the Grammys forever.
The comebacks happen at Grammyland, just like on the charts. This is Bennett’s first musical nod of the year since 1965, when he was nominated for “The Shadow of Your Smile,” that year’s Grammy Award winner for song of the year and Academy Award winner for Best original song.
This is the nod on Bennett’s first album since 1994; West for the first time since 2007.
Here are the 8 most impressive sets of Grammy hot photos in the top categories.
The Beatles: The Fab Four are the only artist in Grammy history to receive a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year for five consecutive years. They are also the only artist in Grammy history to reach 5 Album of the Year awards within a decade. They have been nominated for Help! soundtrack (1965), Revolver (1966), Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (In 1967, victory), Mystical tour soundtrack (1968) and Abbey Road (1969).
Barbra Streisand: The star, who has been an icon for more than half a century, has been nominated for Album of the Year for four years in a row. She is a candidate for Barbra Streisand’s Album (1963, victory), Everyone (1964), My name is Barbra (1965) and Color Me Barbra (In 1966). The last two albums are titled in conjunction with her first two TV specials.
Free Sinatra: The legendary star is the only artist in Grammy history to have two Album of the Year nominations three years in a row. He was nominated annually from 1958-60 and again from 1965-67. He won in three of those six years. As noted above, Sinatra is also the only artist in Grammy history to receive a record of the year nomination after 4 years (1958-61). Note: Eilish could equal points later if she is nominated again next year.
Beyonce: Beyoncé hit a record sixth and seventh of the nod year last year, which makes her the most nominated artist in the category’s history. If Beyoncé is nominated again, she will break the relationship. (Meaning, assuming she hits her eighth record of the year before Mars charges quickly.)
Bruno Mars: Mars set five nods of the year records in the 2010s, more than any other artist has achieved in a decade. He has been nominated for solo hits “Grenade” (2011), “Locked Out of Heaven” (2013) and “24K Magic” (2017) and is a scene artist in “Nothin ‘on You” ( 2010) by BoB and “Uptown Funk!” (2015).
Stevie wondered: Wonder is the only artist in Grammy history to win Album of the Year with three consecutive studio albums: inner (1973), Fulfillingness’ First Finals (1974) and Song in the key to life (In 1976). Note: Adele could surpass Wonder’s record in early 2023 if her current album, 30, won the award, as her last two, 21 (2011) and 25 (2016), did.
Donald Fagen: Fagen was nominated for Album of the Year with 5 consecutive studio albums – his entire production from 1977 to 1993. Hot achievements include 3 Steely Dan album: Aja (1977), Gaucho (1981) and Two against nature (2000, win) and Fagen’s first two solo albums, Firefly (1982) and Kamakiriad (1993).
Billy Joel: Joel was nominated for Album of the Year with 4 consecutive studio albums: Road 52 (1979, victory), Greenhouse (1980), Nylon curtain (1982) and An innocent man (1983). Stranger, which made Joel a superstar, was released the day before the end of 1977, too late for it to actually register. Had it been released a week later, in qualifying year 1978, it would have been nominated.
As an added bonus, here are the artists that have received the most nominations for Album of the Year and for Discography of the Year in each decade since the 1950s. (In keeping with Grammy tradition, the years go by. called the record year of the Grammys, not the year of the ceremony.)
1950s (2 years: 1958-59)
Album of the Year: Frank Sinatra (3)
Record of the Year: Frank Sinatra (2)
Album of the Year: The Beatles (5)
Record of the Year: Frank Sinatra (4)
Album of the Year: (tie) Elton John, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder (3 people)
Record of the Year: Roberta Flack (3)
Album of the Year: (tie) Billy Joel, Sting (3 people each)
Record holder of the year: Steve Winwood (3)
Album of the Year: (tie) Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton, Lauryn Hill, Bonnie Raitt, REM (2 people each)
Record holder of the year: Celine Dion (3)
Album of the Year: Kanye West (3)
Record of the year: Beyoncé (4)
Album of the Year: Kendrick Lamar (4)
Record of the Year: Bruno Mars (5)
The years 2020 (2 years: 2020-21)
Album of the Year: Taylor Swift (2)
Record of the year: (draw) Beyoncé, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish (2 each)
Note: Simon’s album of the year list for the 1970s includes an album by Simon & Garfunkel. Sting’s album of the year list of the 1980s included an album with The Police. Hill’s album of the year list of the 1990s included an album with the Fugees. Beyoncé’s record of the year in the 2000s included a single Destiny’s Child. Lamar’s album of the year list for the 2010s includes Black Panther soundtrack.
And if you’re wondering how Sinatra got three Album of the Year nominations in just two years in the ’50s, he had two out of five nominations in this category at the very first Grammy in 1958 – Fly with me and Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely. Both albums topped the Billboard 200 chart.
https://www.billboard.com/music/awards/grammy-voters-favorites-analysis-1235003147/ Grammy Voters Always Have Their Favorites (Analysis) – Billboard