Since the ceremony began in 1959, the Grammy Awards have been considered among the most important awards in music. That first year rewarded the likes of iconic stars such as Frank Sinatra, the Kingston Trio, Count Basie, and Ella Fitzgerald.
Since then, many other outstanding artists—considered by critics and fans to be among the best of all time—have also found acclaim. But while many Grammy wins are considered well-deserved by most, the awards have had their fair share of controversies. Stacker used independent research to compile a list of some of the most notable Grammy flubs and how those wins have aged since.
Music fans have long complained that the voting system skews in favor of those with top-selling records rather than the best music, divorcing winners from the reality of what's happening in the industry. And following an unprecedented snub for a bid at the 2021 ceremony for his critically acclaimed album "After Hours," The Weeknd even spearheaded a boycott against the show, accusing the awards of corruption.
Some undeniably iconic artists, such as Diana Ross and Jimi Hendrix, never won competitive Grammys throughout their vaunted careers. What's more, certain winners beat out superior artists (or at least artists that most fans or critics insisted were better). In a few cases, artists were nominated in categories that made no sense for their style of music.
Keep reading to discover some of the most controversial Grammy wins in history.
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