January 25, 2020
For most musicians, there’s no sign that they’ve made it quite like a win at the Grammys.
Grammys 2020: 16 Huge Music Stars Whove Never Won An Award
This year, new artists are dominating, with Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X among the top-nominated stars hoping to scoop their first Grammy in Sunday night’s ceremony.
However, a select few artists have proven over the years that you can still have a huge music career without taking home one of those coveted gold gramophones.
From multi-nominated rappers to legendary singers and groups who managed to slip through the awards show’s net, here are 16 huge artists that have made a massive impact in the music world, but still have space on their mantelpiece for a Grammy...Diana RossDespite more than 50 years in the entertainment industry, Diana Ross never won any of the 12 Grammys that she was nominated for.
However, her contribution to the music world is so un-ignorable that the Recording Academy eventually granted her a Lifetime Achievement award in 2012.Bob MarleyDespite being a trailblazer in the world of reggae music, Bob Marley was never even nominated for a Grammy in his lifetime, let alone awarded one.
The award for Best Reggae Album was introduced at the Grammys in 1985, with the late star’s son Ziggy Marley the artist who has won in this category the most times.Katy PerrySince I Kissed A Girl was released in 2008, Katy Perry has been nominated for 13 Grammys, including a coveted nod in the Album Of The Year category for Teenage Dream.
As of yet, she’s yet to win an award, and was last nominated for one in 2015.Nicki MinajNicki Minaj is slightly behind her former collaborator on 10 nominations without a win, last receiving a nomination in 2016 for her The Pinkprint album.
In 2019, she accused the Recording Academy of deliberately snubbing her, claiming: “I was bullied into staying quiet for seven years out of fear.”Snoop DoggSnoop Dogg is the Glenn Close of the Grammys, as he’s the artist with the most nominations and zero wins (joint with singer-songwriter Brian McKnight).
The rapper has 17 Grammy nominations to his name, and was last nominated in 2016, for his contribution to Kendrick Lamar’s album To Pimp A Butterfly.QueenIn Freddie Mercury’s lifetime, Queen received a total of four Grammy nominations – for Bohemian Rhapsody and Another One Bites The Dust – though none of them translated into a win.
The band was eventually awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018, the same year their album A Night At The Opera was inducted into the Grammys Hall Of Fame.ABBALet’s just have a look at ABBA’s stats, shall we?
Nine UK number one singles. 385 million records sold. Not one but two jukebox musicals that solely feature their music.
Zero Grammy nominations.
In all honesty, we can’t help but think this renders the entire Grammys pointless, but the Academy did kind of make up for their oversight by inducting Dancing Queen into their Hall Of Fame in 2015.The Beach BoysTupac ShakurThe band has only been nominated for four Grammys in their career, three of which were for Good Vibrations, while the other was for Kokomo.
And while they still don’t have any wins (not even for Pet Sounds), they were awarded with an honorary Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in 2011.Jimi HendrixSadly, the legendary musician is another artist who the Recording Academy only recognised after his death (unless you count his sole nomination for his guitar of The Star-Spangled Banner).
After being awarded Lifetime Achievement in 1992, he’s since won posthumous Grammys and had his work inducted into the Hall Of Fame on more than one occasion.BjörkKnown for her unique and avant-garde approach to music, Björk has an impressive 15 Grammy nominations to her name, placing her high on the list of musicians who’ve received the most recognition without an actual win.
Among her nominations are Best Alternative Album nods for her last six albums, although none of these resulted in a win.Pet Shop BoysUndoubtedly one of the most celebrated pop acts Britain has ever produced, with 14 albums to their name and a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution, Pet Shop Boys have never won a Grammy.
They have been nominated on six occasions, though, most recently in 2010 for their Xenomania-produced Yes album.Miley CyrusShe might be one of the most famous women in pop, but Miley Cyrus has actually only ever been nominated for one Grammy.
In 2015, she was up for Best Pop Vocal Album for her infamous Bangerz release, but lost out to Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour.Lana Del ReySpread out over six years, Lana Del Rey has a total of six Grammy nominations to her name.
Although so far she’s without a win, 2020 could well be her name, as she’s up for two of the so-called “big three” thanks to her album Norman Fucking Rockwell, and its title track, which is up for Song Of The Year.SiaShe’s known as much for her own music as she is for her songwriting credits for artists including Beyoncé and Rihanna. But despite six nominations, Sia is yet to win a Grammy for any of her musical offerings.Robbie WilliamsIt’s been well-documented that Robbie Williams’ mammoth UK success has not translated overseas, and despite having the most Brit Awards of any singers in history, he’s never managed to win a Grammy.
Interestingly, he has been nominated for two in the past, but neither were actually for his music.
His first nomination was for the music video for 1 Giant Leap’s My Culture, on which he was a featured artist, while his second was in the Best Music Film category for his live show at the Royal Albert Hall.MORE GRAMMYS: 30 Most Memorable Grammys Performances Of All Time 17 Most Infamous And Shocking Grammys Moments Ever New Artists Dominate As Grammy Nominations Are Revealed In Full
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Star Wars Director Says It's About Time A Woman Makes A Star Wars Movie
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Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy is directing an upcoming Star Wars movie that brings back Daisy Ridley in the role of Rey. Obaid-Chinoy will become the first woman to direct a Star Wars film, dating back to the franchise's origins in the 1970s. Speaking about this, Obaid-Chinoy told CNN that she is "very thrilled" to make the movie and create something that is "very special.""We're in 2024 now, and I think it's about time we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away," she said.Obaid-Chinoy won Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Awards for Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015).In 2020, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC that a woman would eventually direct a Star Wars movie, saying that would "absolutely" happen, "without question." Victoria Mahoney was a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, but a woman has never claimed a top directing credit on a Star Wars movie.On the TV side of things, The Mandalorian has featured a number of female directors, including Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. Chow went on to direct the Obi-Wan TV series, too.Another high-profile franchise that has never had a female director is James Bond. Producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall director Sam Mendes have both said they want to see a woman direct a future 007 film.As for Obaid-Chinoy's Star Wars movie, little is known about it apart from the fact that Ridley will come back to play Rey. It is expected that this film will be the first of the three new Star Wars films to come to theaters, possibly releasing in December 2025.According to a report, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is writing the Rey movie, taking over for Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson.
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The NBA named Clare Akamanzi – an accomplished business executive and international trade and investment lawyer – as CEO of NBA Africa. Akamanzi will start her position on Jan. 23, 2024, and report to NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. In this role, Akamanzi will oversee the NBA’s business and basketball development efforts in Africa and will be responsible for continuing to grow the popularity of basketball, the NBA and the Basketball Africa League (BAL) across the continent, including through grassroots basketball development, media distribution, corporate partnerships, and social responsibility initiatives that improve the livelihoods of African youth and families. For the last six and a half years, Akamanzi was CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), where she spearheaded Rwanda’s economic development by enabling private sector growth. Under Akamanzi’s leadership, RDB implemented several business policy reforms and initiatives that led to significant investment and development for the country, including through partnerships with the BAL, Arsenal FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC, FC Bayern Munich and TIME Magazine, among others. “Clare’s business acumen, international experience and familiarity with basketball and the NBA make her the ideal executive to lead our business in Africa,” says Tatum. “NBA Africa and the Basketball Africa League are well-positioned for continued growth, and under Clare’s leadership we believe these initiatives will transform economies, communities and lives across the continent.” “I’ve seen firsthand how sports can positively impact businesses, families and communities in Africa, and the NBA and the BAL are a perfect example of that,” says Akamanzi. “The NBA has done an incredible job growing basketball and the economy around it across the continent, and I’m excited about the enormous opportunities ahead to build on that momentum.” Previously, Akamanzi was Chief Operating Officer of RDB and Head of Strategy and Policy Unit, Office of the President of the Republic of Rwanda. She has extensive international trade, business and diplomatic experience, having previously worked for the Rwandan Government at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Rwandan Embassy in London, England. Akamanzi has worked or studied in seven different countries and holds an honorary LLD from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, in recognition of her work in Rwanda. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was the recipient of three prestigious awards for academic excellence and distinguished contribution to the community: the Lucius N. Littauer Fellows Award, the Raymond & Josephine Vernon Award and the Robert Kennedy Public Service Award. In addition, Akamanzi holds a Master of Laws degree in international trade and investments from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Akamanzi has served on several company boards, including the World Health Organization (WHO) Foundation, ECOBANK and Aviation, Travel and Logistics (ATL) company. She was recognized by Forbes as one of Africa’s Top 50 Powerful Women in 2020.
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