Music’s biggest night has come and gone as the 61st Grammy Awards took place last night. In the spirit of the awards, we decided to share a list of stars who have the most Grammy wins. Let’s start with Norah Jones! She was an immediate sensation when she released her first solo studio album, “Come Away With Me,” in 2002. She took home five Grammys for that album and has gone on to win four more, bringing her total to nine. Keep reading for more as we share other records.
Taylor Swift: 10 Grammys
Taylor Swift has had a stellar career in music thus far. Since she broke onto the scene in 2008, Taylor has gone on to win a total of 10 Grammys. Most recently, in 2016, she won three including for album of the year for “1989” and used her platform to empower females everywhere. “As the first woman to win album of the year twice, I want to say to all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or you fame,” she said during her acceptance speech, “but if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there. And that will be the greatest feeling in the world. Thank you for this moment.”
Adele: 15 Grammys
Talk about turning heartbreak into gold! Adele’s first major studio album, “19,” made her an overnight sensation. By the time her next album, “21,” was released, she was a bona fide superstar. Over the course of her decade-long career, Adele has won a whopping 10 Grammys — including six in one night at the 2011 Grammys for her work on “21.” At the 2017 Grammys, Adele brought home five more awards, including album of the year for “25
Aretha Fraklin:18 Grammys
Aretha Franklin made history in the music world. She won 18 Grammys plus several special awards from the Recording Academy (including a legend Award, a lifetime achievement Award and a MusiCares Person of the Year honor) throughout her long career. But the most impressive part of her prize history is that she won Grammys for best female R&B vocal performance every single year from 1968 to 1975 — which is a shocking eight years in a row! Aretha got all the respect!
Paul McCartney: 18 GrammysPaul
McCartney has enjoyed tremendous success as both a member of The Beatles and as a solo artist throughout his 50-plus-year career. His 18 Grammys put him near the top of the list for most Grammy wins ever. He also has several of the Recording Academy’s special awards including a MusiCares Person of the Year honor as well as two lifetime achievement awards.
Kanye West: 21 Grammys
For all the controversy that surrounds Kanye West, you can’t argue with his critical success in the music industry. He’s sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and taken home 21 Grammys. This amount of Grammy hardware has made him one of the most decorated musicians ever and the most decorated musician to debut in the 21st century. Not bad, eh?
JAY-Z: 21 Grammys
Talk about a Grammy power couple! On the heels of Beyonce’s 20 Grammy wins, we should note that her husband, JAY-Z, has a slightly more impressive Grammy wins record. The rapper-producer-mogul has been making waves in the music world since 1986 and has spectacularly sold more than 100 million records worldwide. His Grammy success is remarkable — 21 wins off 64 nominations. Jay might have had some problems over the years, but winning Grammys is not one.
Alicia Keys: 15 Grammys
Alicia Keys burst on to the scene in 2001 with her album “Songs in A Minor” — which garnered her five Grammys in 2002. The former coach on “The Voice” has sold 35 million albums worldwide over her career and has taken home 15 Grammys in total. Pretty impressive if you ask us!
Beyonce: 22 Grammys
Beyonce started her career in a girl group, Destiny’s Child, and has since established herself as one of the most talented solo singers of a generation. Queen B has been nominated a monumental 62 times and has taken home 22 Grammys. Also impressive? She’s the most nominated woman of all time in Grammy history.
U2: 22 Grammys
U2 has been around for a long time and their career has simply been one of the sweetest things. With 170 million albums sold worldwide, 13 major albums and a career spanning four decades, it’s easy to see why. Equally impressive, though, is that Bono and company have won a whopping 22 Grammys — which is the most ever for a band. Rock on!
Stevie Wonder: 25 Grammys
Boy wonder! Stevie Wonder began his career as a child and by the time he was in his 20s, the accolades were pouring in. In 1973, the icon won his first Grammy — best rhythm & blues song — for “Superstition.” Stevie has won 25 Grammys throughout his career including two for album of the year in 1973 and 1974.
Quincy Jones: 27 Grammys
Quincy Jones is nothing short of a musical legend. He’s worked with the biggest stars in the world, including the late king of pop, Michael Jackson, in a career that spans more than six decades. He can boast 79 — yes, 79! — Grammy nominations over the years. He won his first of 27 Grammys in 1963 for best instrumental arrangement for the song “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” The legend also took home a special icon award in 1991.