Surprising Stars Who’ve Never Won a GRAMMY: Nicki Minaj, Blake Shelton and More

Many renowned artists, such as Miley Cyrus, Dierks Bentley, and Katy Perry, find themselves among the long list of those who have never clinched the coveted trophy.

Consider this: Snoop Dogg boasts an impressive 16 GRAMMY nominations, yet he has never secured the music industry’s revered gold-plated phonograph. It’s a perplexing reality, one that Katy Perry can relate to, having endured 13 nominations without a win.

But that’s merely scratching the surface of the issue.

Miley Cyrus, Dierks Bentley, Nicki Minaj, Martina McBride, and Blake Shelton stand as examples of music’s elite who have yet to experience the euphoria that accompanies the words, “And the GRAMMY goes to…” With Trevor Noah preparing for his fourth hosting stint at the GRAMMY Awards this Sunday, set to take place at Crypto.com Arena in downtown Los Angeles, ET reflects on some of the unexpected oversights in recent ceremonies.

Miley Cyrus, known for her hit “Flowers,” boasts a total of eight GRAMMY nominations. This year, she is up for six GRAMMYs, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year. Her initial GRAMMY nomination came in 2015, when her album “Bangers” was recognized in the Best Pop Vocal Album category. In 2022, she received her second nomination for Album of the Year as a featured artist on Lil Nas X’s “Montero.”

At the age of 22, Cyrus celebrated her first GRAMMY nomination, an event documented by ET.

“At that moment, my friend was in my room and casually mentioned, ‘Hey, you just got nominated for a GRAMMY,'” Cyrus reminisced. “And I was simply taken aback… I initially thought it was a jest.”

 

Dierks Bentley (15 Nominations)

In 2007, he received his initial two nominations for Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song for his contributions to “Every Mile a Memory.”

Since then, the country artist has amassed an additional 13 nominations, including four in 2008. These nominations encompassed Best Country Album (Long Trip Alone), Best Male Country Vocal Performance (“Long Trip Alone”), Best Country Song (“Long Trip Alone”), and Best Long Form Music Video (Live & Loud at The Fillmore).

In the current year, he once again finds himself nominated, this time for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “High Note,” a collaboration with Billy Strings.

 

Nicki Minaj, the artist behind “Chun-Li,” has received 12 GRAMMY nominations in total. Among them are two nominations this year: one for Best Rap Song (“Barbie World” featuring Ice Spice and Aqua) and another for Best Song Written for Visual Media (“Barbie World”).

Despite being acknowledged as one of the music industry’s premier superstars, Minaj found herself at odds with The Recording Academy when it categorized her 2023 hit “Super Freaky Girl” as pop, despite her team’s submission of the track for consideration in rap categories. In response, Minaj publicly criticized The Recording Academy, alleging that they were “moving the goal posts.”

 

Jennifer Lopez, with two GRAMMY nominations to her name, has been in the spotlight for over two decades. Her initial nomination came in 2000 for “Waiting for Tonight” in the Best Dance Recording category, followed by another nomination the next year for “Let’s Get Loud,” also in the same category.

Speaking with ET at the GRAMMYs in 1999, Lopez expressed optimism about future nominations, saying, “One day, hopefully, who knows,” with a smile.

In the Latin GRAMMYs arena, she secured a nomination in 2000 for “No Me Ames” in the category of Best Pop Performance by a Duo/Group with Vocals.

 

Sia has garnered 9 nominations throughout her career. She made her mark on the music scene in 2013 with a nomination in the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category for her collaboration with Flo Rida on “Wild Ones”. Two years later, she made a powerful return with her song “Chandelier”, earning four nominations including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Music Video.

Similarly, two years later, Sia received three nominations, but once more, she did not secure a win. In 2018, she earned her ninth nomination with “Never Give Up” in the category of Best Song Written for Visual Media.

Snoop Dogg boasts 16 nominations in his career. His first nomination came in 1994 for his collaboration on Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang.” The following year, his solo track “Gin and Juice” earned him another nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance, solidifying his presence as a formidable force in the rap scene, transitioning from his former role as a member of 213.

The rapper known for “Gangsta Party” eventually emerged as one of the most in-demand collaborators, joining forces with a diverse range of artists including Dr. Dre, Pharrell, Bruno Mars, and Katy Perry. Snoop Dogg, often referred to as the D-O double Gizzle, boasts an impressive 16 nominations. His most recent nod came in 2016 for his feature on “To Pimp a Butterfly” (Album of the Year).

In terms of versatility, Snoop Dogg, also known as the Doggfather, has received nominations spanning three genres: rap, reggae, and pop.

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