The Quick 10: Gossip About the Grammys

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So who watched the Grammys last night? Were you underwhelmed? I kind of was. Granted, I turned it on during the Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus performance (I'm not exactly a Miley fan) so maybe it tainted the rest of the show for me. Anyway, it made me think about Grammys past, which resulted in today's Q10. Feel free to share your Grammy impressions in the comments!

grammy1. "The Grammys" are actually the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Awards. The actual award that winners receive is in the shape of a gramophone (or phonograph) which is where the nickname comes from.
2. The first-ever Grammy Awards were held on May 4, 1959. Winners included Henry Mancini for Album of the Year and Best Arrangement, The Kingston Trio for best Country & Western Performance, Ella Fitzgerald for Best Jazz Performance (individual), Count Basie for Best Jazz Performance (group), and Frank Sinatra for Best Album Cover Photography (really?).
3. That same year, "Tequila" by the Champs was the winner of the best Rhythm and Blues performance. This strikes me funny "“ the song Pee-Wee Herman dances to is a Grammy-winning song?

4. Best New Artist winners are usually pretty right on "“ past winners have included the Beatles, Tom Jones, The Carpenters, Bette Midler, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, John Legend and Alicia Keys. But sometimes they're not so right...

Bobbie Gentry over Jefferson Airplane, A Taste of Honey over Elvis Costello, and Robert Goulet over The Four Seasons. Other Best New Artist losers: Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Cream, Green Day, Sonny & Cher and The Eagles.

5. The Disco category was included in the Grammy Awards for just a year before being yanked from the lineup. The only person to ever win "Best Disco Recording" was Gloria Gaynor for "I Will Survive."

6. The category "Best Rap Performance" was added in 1989 "“ the first-ever winners were D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince for "Parents Just Don't Understand."

7. Quincy Jones has the most Grammy nominations at 79 (with 27 wins).

8. Michael Jackson and Babyface Edmonds share the record for most nominations in one year "“ 12. Jackson hit the record in 1984 with his Thriller album, and Babyface tied it up in 1997.

9. LeAnn Rimes is the youngest person to ever win a Grammy. She was just 14 when she won Best New Artist in 1997. She also received the Best Female Country Vocal Performance Grammy the same year.

10. Only one Grammy Award has ever been revoked: Milli Vanilli's Best New Artist award from 1990. They also won three American Music Awards, but those were never reclaimed.

February 9, 2009 - 10:43am
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