21 Black History Grammy Facts

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Over the years, the Grammys have been making many strides in black history, including this year. Kendrick Lamar made history as the first hip hop artist to have 11 nominations in a year and only second in history to Michael Jackson.

Lamar’s historical nominations aren’t the only accomplishments black artists made in the 58 years of the Grammys. So before the red carpet get swarmed with designer gowns and the awards are handed out, check out the 21 black history grammy facts.


Will-Smith-and-Jazzy-Jeff-with-their-Grammy-Award-360338Fresh Prince (Will Smith) and DJ Jazzy Jeff won the first Grammy for a Rap Performance when it was added as a category in 1989.

Stevie Wonder holds the record for most Grammys won by a solo artist, with 25 Grammys and a Lifetime Achievement award.

In 2010 Beyonce made history by winning the most awards by a female artist in one night with six. She was tied two years later in 2012 with Adele.

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LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 13: Kanye West poses backstage with his awards for "Best Rap Album", "Best Rap Song", and "Best R & B Song" during the 47th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center February 13, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

Kanye West has 21 Grammys more than the Beatles, Barbra Streisand and James Taylor combined.

Michael Jackson and Babyface hold the record for the most Grammy nominations in one year with 12. Michael held the record first in 1983 and Babyface matched him in 1992.

Jay Z and Kanye West are tied with the most Grammy wins by a rap artist. They both have 21 Grammys.

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Milli Vanilli is the only artist in Grammy history to have their award revoked after it was found out their lead vocals belong to someone else.

Brian McKnight is the only artist to have the most nominations at 16 without ever winning a Grammy Award.

Ray Charles holds the record for most awards won in one night after his death. In 2005 he won five Grammy Awards.


Michael Jackson set the bar with the most awards won in one night with eight gramophones in 1984. His record was tied in 2000 with Santana.

Brandy and Monica were the first all-female collaboration to receive a Record of the Year nomination with “The Boy is Mine” in 1998.

Stevie Wonder is the only artist in Grammy history to win five or more awards on three different nights.

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Beyoncé is the only female to have 62 Grammy nominations.

Quincy Jones has the most Grammy wins by a producer with 27.

B.B. King has the most Grammy wins in the blues category with 15.


Aretha Franklin is the only artist to win the most consecutive Grammys in the same category. For eight years (1968-1975) straight she won the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

Bill Cosby is the only comedian to have won six years in a row (1965 and 1970) in the Best Comedy Album category.

Lenny Kravitz is the only rock artist to win the Best Male Rock Vocal Performance award four years in a row (1999-2002).


Quincy Jones has the most Grammy nominations with 79 nods.

Kendrick Lamar makes history as the first hip hop artist to have 11 nominations in a year and he’s second under MJ to have the most ever.

India Arie and Kendrick Lamar both received seven nominations in a single night without winning any…ouch!

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