They have never once heard the phrase “And the Grammy goes to…” followed by their name.
Just over one-fifth of the artists on Billboard’s exclusive list of Greatest of All Time Billboard 200 Artists have yet to win a Grammy in competition. These artists have frequently gotten phone calls or texts from their managers with good chart news, but they have never once heard the phrase “And the Grammy goes to…” followed by their name.
Here’s a complete list of the 21 artists who rank among the Greatest of All Time Billboard 200 Artists who have yet to win a Grammy in competition. They’re listed in descending order of where they rank on the GOAT list.
Cyrus has received just one Grammy nomination, when Bangerz (a.k.a., the album where she took a “Wrecking Ball” to her old Hannah Montana persona) landed a 2014 nod for best pop vocal album. Cyrus is just 27, younger than any other solo artist on this list, so there’s still time for her to win a Grammy. GOAT ranking: No. 31.
The critically-panned Canadian pop/rock band has received five Grammy nods. GOAT ranking: No. 32.
The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys are widely regarded as one of the greatest groups of all time, but Grammy voters weren’t tuned into contemporary pop and rock in the mid-’60s when the So Cal group was at its peak. The group received four Grammy nods, three for its 1966 masterwork “Good Vibrations” and one for its 1988 comeback hit “Kokomo.” They received a lifetime achievement award in 2001. The group’s mastermind Brian Wilson has won two Grammys on his own in the last 20 years. GOAT ranking: No. 35.
Guns N’ Roses. The band’s 1987 debut album Appetite for Destruction is one of the classic rock albums of the 1980s, but it wasn’t even nominated for a Grammy. The band later received three nods. GOAT ranking: No. 46.
Back in the day, some dismissed the group as the Pre-Fab Four. Now, people are more inclined to say, “Sure, they weren’t the Beatles, but they made some great pop records.” They had four nominations, two each for “Last Train to Clarksville” and “I’m a Believer.” Michael Nesmith (a.k.a. the Smart Monkee) went on to win a Grammy on his own. He won the first award for video of the year for Michael Nesmith in Elephant Parts (1981). GOAT ranking: No. 49.
It’s hard to imagine that this trailblazing trio never won a Grammy. They were nominated for two of their 12 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 (“Baby Love” and “Stop! in the Name of Love”). It’s even harder to imagine that Diana Ross has yet to win one on her own, despite 10 additional nominations. (Ross received a lifetime achievement award in 2012.) GOAT ranking: 52.
This English band has never even been nominated for a Grammy. “Love Bites” — and so does Grammy Nominations Day for this band. GOAT ranking: No. 55.
The band wasn’t even nominated for a Grammy until 1996, when it received its only Grammy nod to date, for “When You Love a Woman.” Which means there was no Grammy love for “Don’t Stop Believin,'” which has become a pop-culture perennial. GOAT ranking: No. 58.
The country trio has received four nominations, all for best country performance by a duo or group with vocal. GOAT ranking: No. 61.
The British/American band has received three nods, including best new artist of 1977. The group’s Mick Jones has received four additional nods on his own, including song of the year for writing “I Want to Know What Love Is,” Foreigner’s only No. 1 hit on the Hot 100. GOAT ranking: No. 62.
Chesney has been voted entertainer of the year four times by the Country Music Assn., but has yet to win a Grammy. He has received six nods, including best country album for Cosmic Hallelujah (2017). GOAT ranking: No. 65.
The rock star has received five nominations, including best new artist (1999) and best rock album for Rock N Roll Jesus (2008). GOAT ranking: No. 66.
The pop crooner hosted the first seven live Grammy telecasts, but he never got to bring a trophy home. He received six nominations, including album of the year for Days of Wine and Roses, which topped the Billboard 200 for 16 weeks in 1963. Williams died in 2012 at age 84. He is the only solo artist on this list who has taken his final encore. GOAT ranking: No. 67.
The boy band-turned-man band was nominated for best new artist (1998) and was back in the running the following year in four categories, including album of the year for Millennium and record of the year for the irresistible “I Want It That Way.” They have amassed eight nods over the years. GOAT ranking: No. 69.
The pop star wasn’t even nominated in the ’70s, when he had a string of hits including “Peace Train” and “Morning Has Broken.” He finally landed his first nomination, as Yusuf/Cat Stevens, for best folk album for The Laughing Apple (2017). GOAT ranking: No. 74.
The country star has amassed seven nominations, including two for “Beer for My Horses,” a 2003 collab with Willie Nelson. GOAT ranking: No. 79.
Here’s another band that would make virtually everybody’s list of the greatest bands of all time. But they weren’t even nominated for a Grammy until 1990. The English band has received two Grammy nods. They received a lifetime achievement award in 2001. GOAT ranking: No. 80.
The Moody Blues
Like Def Leppard, the Moody Blues have never even been nominated for a Grammy. Their biggest hit, “Nights in White Satin,” was ineligible in 1972 when it rose to No. 2 on the Hot 100 because it had first been released on a 1968 album. GOAT ranking: No. 82.
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Ike & Tina Turner won a Grammy for their “nice ‘n’ rough” cover version of “Proud Mary,” but CCR’s original version wasn’t even nominated. In fact, CCR was never nominated for a Grammy. The group’s mastermind John Fogerty has gone on to receive eight nominations for his solo work. He won a Grammy for best rock album for Blue Moon Swamp (1997). GOAT ranking: No. 85.
Groban seems to fall between the cracks in Grammy balloting—too pop for classical voters; too classical for pop voters. Groban’s millions of fans don’t seem to be thrown by his range. Groban has amassed four nominations, including three for best traditional pop vocal album. Groban is 39, making him the second-youngest solo artist on this list, so, like Cyrus, he still has time to win a Grammy. GOAT ranking: No. 89.
The groundbreaking female-led band has landed four nods. GOAT ranking: No. 95.