Grammy winners are sometimes notable for their number of wins, their failure to win again or for the sheer fact that they won at all. Even the most unflappable Grammy host has been surprised by who takes home the win.
You Call that Metal?
The Grammy award is a peer-nominated award. Record companies, individual artists and other music industry professionals submit the entries. This explains how occasionally a category winner comes as a surprise to those outside the industry. In 1989, the award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance went to Jethro Tull instead of Metallica. This caused quite an uproar at the time and is still a point of contention for those who feel the Academy is out of touch.
Controversy was reignited in 2001, when Steely Dan won Best Album of the Year, beating out Eminem, Radiohead and Beck. The Grammys are the only awards that focus on artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence. Chart position and sales don't get counted, so it is possible for an obscure artist to beat out someone who's at the top of the charts.
This explains why the Chicago Symphony Orchestra holds the most Grammys of any musical group. They have more than 60 wins. It also explains why Sir Georg Solti, an orchestral and operatic conductor, has the most wins of any male artist. He has 31 awards, including a Lifetime Achievement award.
Notable Grammy Facts