Winning a Grammy Award is deemed as a major achievement for many music artists. However, as we’ve seen time and time again, selling out shows and topping the Billboard charts doesn’t mean that’s enough to win a golden gramophone or earn a nomination. This is especially true in hip-hop and R&B.


Grammy nominations: 13

Being in the rap game since 1991, Nas has managed to nab 13 Grammy nominations, which is a great accomplishment. His first was in 1997, when he was up for Best Rap Solo Performance for his Lauryn Hill-assisted hit ‘If I Ruled the World.’

2Snoop Dogg

Grammy nominations: 15

Although it may seem that Snoop Dogg wouldn’t necessarily be an artist the Grammy Awards would be into, he has actually been a frequent nominee since his 1994 nod in the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for his song, ‘Ain’t Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang’ with Dr. Dre. With 15 nominations, one would think he’d win a gramophone eventually. However after losing to Jay-Z and Kanye West in the Best Rap Song category at this year’s Grammys, Snoop will have to churn out another hit and hope to get a win next year.

3J. Cole

Grammy nominations: 5

This 32-year-old’s third studio album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, was the first rap album in over 25 years to go platinum without any guest appearances or features. It also got him three out of the five Grammy nominations he has received so far, but he lost each of those five times.

4Katy Perry

Grammy nominations: 13

Katy Perry's 2010 album 'Teenage Dream' shattered records—and made her the first female with five No. 1 singles from one album—but she has yet to see that translate into a GRAMMY win. She's been nominated for 13 to date.

5Nicki Minaj

Grammy nominations: 10

Nicki nearly single-handedly put female rappers back on the map when she stormed the industry at the start of the decade. Her music and rhymes have proven time and times again that she can compete with the top pop and rap stars, yet the Recording Academy has yet to award her a statue. Roman Zolanski ain't happy.


Grammy nominations: 6

Tupac has never won, but he has been nominated for six GRAMMYs, four of which he received after he died in 1996.

7Guns & Roses

Grammy nominations: 3

Three! That's the number of times hit band Guns N' Roses has been nominated. While it is a shame that there haven't been any additional noms or wins in their book, they are going out on tour again and making every fan rock out until that time comes!

8The Notorious B.I.G

Grammy nominations: 4

Three of Biggie's four nominations were posthumous, including one for Life After Death, which lost the Best Rap Album race in 1998 to Puff Daddy's No Way Out. Ironically, No Way Out's biggest hit was the Biggie tribute track "I'll Be Missing You."


Grammy nominations: 13

Though she has one of the most iconic voices of our time (and she's definitely the most famous thing to ever come out of Iceland), Bjork, though nominated for 13 GRAMMYs, has never won one.

10Selena Gomez

Grammy nominations: 0

American actress and singer Selena Gomez has won more than seventy awards during her career.

11Bob Marley

Grammy nominations: 0

Bob Marley was an activist as much as musician. The famous reggae musician won no Grammys for his inspirational anthems.

12Brian McKnight

Grammy nominations: 6

You could call Brian R&B's Susan Lucci, since the singer is right behind Snoop for being nominated the ost without ever being awarded. You'd think with a song like "Favorites" back in 1999 would have won him the gold, but nope.

13Busta Rhymes

Grammy nominations: 0

Busta, how is this possible? The late 90s were Busta Rhymes' golden time, but he didn't manage to have any luck with hits like "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See Them" or "Dangerous." This is a straight up travesty.


Grammy nominations: 1

Not even their insanely long tongues could win over Grammy voters. Kiss was only nominated once in their career, back in 1999 for Best Hard Rock Performance with "Psycho Circus."

15Jennifer Lopez

Grammy nominations: 2

Jennifer Lopez is multi-talented; singing, dancing, acting and judging…it won’t be long.

16Spice Girls

Grammy nominations: 0

"Tell me what you want, want you really, really want." A Grammy nom! The Spice Girls just wanted a Grammy nom! While they actually never received one nomination, the will always have a special place in our hearts.


Grammy nominations:1

We wish we could tell you “Don’t Stop Believin’”... but it might be time to stop believing. Despite huge success over the past four decades, this rock band has only earned one nomination (for a 1996 song we’ve never heard of)!


Grammy nominations: 8

Of the four most sought after Grammy Award categories, including Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist, Sia was snubbed in each of them. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel, because while she may have missed out on a nomination in one of the four main categories, Sia was nominated for 2017 Grammy Awards in a few other sections.

19Twenty one pilots

Grammy nominations: 3

Twenty one pilots is an American musical duo originating from Columbus, Ohio. The band was formed in 2009 by lead vocalist Tyler Joseph along with former members Nick Thomas and Chris Salih, who eventually left in 2011, and currently consists of Joseph and drummer Josh Dun. The duo rose to fame in the mid–2010s after several years of touring and independent releases

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