(Bonnie Raitt at the 2023 Grammy Awards / Photo credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
The Grammy Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. They were first presented in 1959 by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), which was founded in 1957.
The first Grammy Awards ceremony honored artists in 28 categories. Italian singer-songwriter Domenico Mudugno’s chanson ballad “Nel blu, dipinto di blu” won Record of the Year, beating out “The Chipmunk Song” by David Seville and The Chipmunks, among others. Today, there are more than 80 categories, covering a wide range of genres and styles of music. Beyoncé holds the record for most Awards won (32), followed by conductor Georg Solti (31) and producer Quincy Jones (28). The Awards have also helped to launch the careers of several emerging artists, including Adele, who won six Grammy Awards in 2012.
The Grammy Awards have not been without controversy. As of 2023, only eleven black artists have won Album of the Year since the Grammys’ inception. Several artists have boycotted the Awards in the past because of alleged racism in its voting practices, including Sinead O’Connor, Jay-Z, Beyonce, and The Weeknd.
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