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Most famous musicians who haven't won a Grammy

Stacker Logo By Kate Mulligan of Stacker | Slide 1 of 50: How does the success of a good musician or group get measured? Album sales are a reliable gauge, but then so are awards—none more prestigious than the Grammy. At Stacker, our team examined whether commercial success had a relation to industry acclaim. Using data from RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), artists were analyzed using the combined numbers of their certified album sales and digital singles. To be considered, artists needed a minimum of 10 million total certified album units or five million certified digital single units. They were ranked first by sales by unit, with ties broken by accounting for monthly Spotify listeners. Next, we reviewed the top artists to determine whether or not they've received a Grammy, which we have sourced directly from the Grammy archives (Lifetime Achievement Grammy awards were not considered). Read on to discover the artists whose commercial impacts weren't enough to impress the powers that be at the Recording Academy.

Most famous musicians who haven't won a Grammy

How does the success of a good musician or group get measured? Album sales are a reliable gauge, but then so are awards—none more prestigious than the Grammy. At Stacker, our team examined whether commercial success had a relation to industry acclaim.

Using data from RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), artists were analyzed using the combined numbers of their certified album sales and digital singles. To be considered, artists needed a minimum of 10 million total certified album units or five million certified digital single units. They were ranked first by sales by unit, with ties broken by accounting for monthly Spotify listeners.

Next, we reviewed the top artists to determine whether or not they've received a Grammy, which we have sourced directly from the Grammy archives (Lifetime Achievement Grammy awards were not considered). Read on to discover the artists whose commercial impacts weren't enough to impress the powers that be at the Recording Academy.

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