Despite countless categories and a Lifetime Achievement selection committee that’s thrown trophies to such long-time award losers as David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and The Beach Boys, there are still some legendary artists who are long overdue for some Grammy love. Here are five of the most egregious cases.
- Diana Ross
Ross—both with The Supremes and solo—regularly received Grammy nominations for everything from “Baby Love” to “Muscles.” Sadly, she’s never gotten to take a trophy home.
- Neil Young
Neil’s nominated for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance this year—his seventeenth nomination since 1990. Since his competition has over 35 Grammy Awards between them (5 belonging to John Mayer!), maybe they’ll finally let him have one.
- George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic
George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars performed at the Grammys with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1993, and with Best Album winners Outkast at the 2004 show. Ironically, George has never even been nominated for Grammy—not even with his classic groups Parliament or Funkadelic.
- Lou Reed
An hour-long American Masters documentary about the former leader of the Velvet Underground won the 1998 Grammy for Best Long Form Music Video. So it’s especially ironic that the Academy has never bothered to give the man one for his music.
In 1986, Run-DMC were the first rap group to ever be nominated for a Grammy. They lost Best R&B Vocal By A Duo Or Group to Prince & The Revolution‘s “Kiss” (which, ironically, Prince recorded without the group) and were never nominated again. Meanwhile, Will Smith has four Grammys.