These huge artists have shockingly never won a Grammy

The biggest stars in music will gather Jan. 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to laud the best and the brightest in the biz at the 2020 Grammy Awards. But before the Grammys became the glitzy show it is today, legends such as Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Patsy Cline never won one of those golden gramophones.

Back at the first Grammy Awards in 1959, the winners weren’t so iconic: An instrumental TV soundtrack (Henry Mancini’s “The Music of Peter Gunn”) claimed Album of the Year, while an Italian song (Domenico Modugno’s “Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)”) was crowned Record of the Year.

Since then, the number of categories and genres has expanded considerably, but the Recording Academy has still failed to award some of the all-time greats. As we count down to music’s biggest night Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS, here are the 10 most shocking Grammy shutouts of all time. Yes, these stars have been snubbed!

1. Diana Ross
The Motown queen is on the shortlist of female artists who truly changed the game. First, she was the cream of the Supremes, the biggest girl group of all time. Then as a solo artist, she set the pop-diva template for everyone from Madonna to Janet Jackson to Beyoncé. But despite 12 nominations over 18 years, she has never scored a competitive win. Although she did receive some (baby) love with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

2. The Beach Boys
Right alongside The Beatles, these California boys helped define the sound of pop itself in the ’60s. Their 1966 masterpiece “Pet Sounds” has been ranked by Rolling Stone as the No. 2 album of all time. So God only knows how they never won a Grammy, despite four nominations. Surely, losing all three nods for “Good Vibrations” bummed them out in 1966.

3. Queen
Given the miraculous second life that “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the movie, has given Queen after Freddie Mercury’s 1991 death, it’s hard to imagine that the British rockers were once Grammy also-rans. The group was nominated four times, but somehow even the epic “Bohemian Rhapsody” managed to lose — to Chicago’s “If You Leave Me Now” for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in 1977. That’s enough to really make Mama cry.

4. The Who
With such classic albums as 1969’s “Tommy,” 1971’s “Who’s Next” and 1973’s “Quadrophenia,” these kids were much more than just “alright” in their heyday. But the English rockers led by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend have somehow failed to snare any hardware from their two nominations. Grammy, can you hear them?

5. Guns N’ Roses
GNR once ruled rock and MTV on the strength of their blockbuster debut, 1987’s “Appetite for Destruction,” and their simultaneously released 1991 LPs, “Use Your Illusion I” and “II.” While it’s tough to believe they were never even nominated for Best New Artist, it’s even more absurd that they never won in the rock categories. But there was no shame in losing along with Nirvana and Pearl Jam to the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1993.

6. Jimi Hendrix
As with GNR, you would think that this guitar god would have been a cinch for a Best New Artist nod after his revelatory debut album, 1967’s “Are You Experienced” with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. But the only nomination Hendrix ever got — for his iconic interpretation of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Woodstock — left him Grammy-less when he died in 1970.

7. Janis Joplin
Like Hendrix, this bluesy belter also died prematurely at the age of 27 in 1970. So there’s certainly a good chance she would have won at least one gramophone had she lived longer. But her two nominations — for her No. 1 single “Me and Bobby McGee” and its corresponding album, the 1971 classic “Pearl” — left her without any Grammy gems.

8. Public Enemy
Although they became one of the first rap acts inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, Strong Island’s own rebels without a pause have gone 0-for-6 in their Grammy nominations. As revolutionary of a group as Chuck D, Flavor Flav and crew were with their music and their message, it makes you truly want to fight the powers that be.

9. Nas
This Queens rapper is another New York hip-hop act who has not gotten his Grammy props. Regarded as one of the best pure MCs ever — heck, “Old Town Road” nominee Lil Nas X even named himself after him — the artist born Nasir Jones is on a 13-nomination losing streak (mostly in the rap categories). Meanwhile, Will Smith has won four of those bad boys. Now that’s gettin’ wiggy wit it.

10. Katy Perry
The “California Gurl” shares with Nas the dubious distinction of having a whopping 13 nominations without a single victory. Despite nine No. 1 singles, this shutout has happened while other female pop powerhouses — namely Beyoncé, Adele and Taylor Swift — have racked up double-digit wins. But maybe having a Grammy doesn’t really matter when you have Orlando Bloom.

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