In the music industry, winning a Grammy is of the highest honors. The prestige of such an award can catapult an artist’s career to the next level. However, there are those who’ve amassed many Grammys over the years, winning time and time again. With a total of 84 categories celebrating the best of all music genres, thousands of music creators have been recognized by the Grammys since they’ve come to be in 1957. Have you ever wondered who among them have won the most Grammys in total? Who has collected the highest amount of Grammys over the course of their career?
Taylor Swift – 10 Wins
So far, it’s safe to say that Taylor Swift has had an incredible career. Since her start as a singer-songwriter in 2008, she’s gone on to win a total of 10 Grammys. Just in 2016, she won three Grammys, including for album of the year for “1989”. On top of her wins, she’d been nominated for no less than 35 Grammy Awards in the 14 years she’d been singing. In fact, she became the youngest-ever artist to win album of the year when she won it at age 20. Currently, that record is held by none other than Billie Eilish, who won the same award at age 18 just this year.
Adele – 15 Wins
If anyone can turn heartbreak into gold, it’s Adele. Her first studio album, “19” turned her into an overnight star. By the time her next album was released, she was riding a major wave of success. To date, she’s won 10 Grammys, including six she’d one in one night at the 2011 Grammys on her second album, “21”. In fact, Adele has one of the best winning percentages in Grammys history. Out of 18 nominations, she’s won 15 of them. She only lost three times, in 2009 and 2010, meaning that she hasn’t lost a nomination she’d been up for ever since.
Alicia Keys – 15 Wins
There are many artists out there who have to wait decades before they have the honor of winning a Grammy. Alicia Keys was not one of them. The singer-songwriter has won five Grammys in her first shot after her debut album, “Songs in A Minor” earned six nominations in 2002. Today, she’s won 15 Grammys in total and has been nominated 29 times. Somehow, she has yet to win the prestigious album of the year award, but she’s been nominated for it in the past.
Paul McCartney – 18 Wins
Despite the fact that he’s had so much success with Grammy wins, Paul McCartney probably has a distinction he doesn’t want.l Back in 1996, when he was still working with the Beatles, he set the all-time record for most nominations in a night with no wins. He has nine nominations and zero wins. However, he now has won 18 Grammys all the same. His most recent win was in 2014 although he’d been nominated for two Grammys in the rap genre for his collaborations with Kanye West in 2015.
Jay-Z – 21 Wins
For someone who’s dissed the Grammys in a song, Jay-Z definitely has had a lot of success at the awards ceremonies in the past. He has won 21 Grammys to date, tying with Kanye West. His first Grammy win was in 1999 for his album “Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life”. It wasn’t until 2004 that he would win another Grammy, but since then, he’d been a steady victor, winning at least one Grammy a year from 2007 to 2015. Overall, the rapper had been nominated 60 times.
Beyoncé – 24 Wins
Beyonce holds the second-most wins by a female artist, with 24 Grammy wins. Aside from all her wins, Beyonce has been nominated for Grammys 70 times – more than any other female artist. All her Grammy wins have come since the year 2000 when she first won as part of the iconic group, Destiny’s Child. However, she’s made a name for herself since then. In 2010, she made history when she won six Grammys in one night. And, since 2015, she’d been nominated for no less than 21 Grammys, winning seven of them.
Stevie Wonder – 25 Wins
Throughout his lengthy and successful career, the iconic musician has won a total of 25 Grammy Awards. Four of those wins, including album of the year, took place in 1973 alone. He is now one of the most awarded male solo artists in the history of the Grammys. On three separate nights, the singer has won five or more awards. In addition to all his individual awards, he’s won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.
Alison Krauss – 27 Wins
Alison Krauss is the female artist with the most Grammy Awards. She shares 14 of her wins with her backing band of almost 30 years, Union Station. Over the course of her career, she’s been nominated for a Grammy 41 times. She began her career young. When she won her first Grammy in 1991, she was the second-youngest winner at 19 years old. Nowadays, she’s tied as the ninth-youngest Grammy Winner.
Quincy Jones – 28 Wins
Quincy Jones is one of the 15 artists to ever win the Grammy Legend Award. On top of that, he’s won a total of 28 Grammys, having been nominated 80 times. He is currently the record holder for the most Grammy Awards won by a producer, with 11 of his 28 wins being for production duties. Throughout his career as an artist, arranger, and producer, he’d spanned over more than 10 fields. From Jazz, Pop, Rap, to R&B and so much more.
Georg Solti – 31 Wins
No one has more Grammys than the Hungarian conductor, Georg Solti. He’s currently the only artist who’s ever passed the 30-win mark. He’s been nominated for (and won) his first Grammy in 1963 and simply kept on collecting them after that. With a total of 74 nominations, he’s won the Grammy for classical album of the year six times and for best opera recording eight times. His very last win was in 1998, a year after his death in 1997 at the age of 84.