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Grammy Awards - statistics & facts

The first Grammy Awards were held in 1959 in the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Hills Hotel, and ever since, the ceremony has been gathering the attention of music lovers across the United States and abroad. The 54th edition of the awards, held in 2012, was watched by around 39 million people across the United States, and the event was even broadcasted live around the world. Since then, the number of Grammy Award viewers has more than halved, with the ceremony in 2020 drawing the show’s smallest audience in over a decade. In addition to declining viewer numbers, the Grammy Awards, like most award shows and events, have also been hit by the coronavirus pandemic. In 2021, the show was moved from January to March, while the 2022 show has been postponed indefinitely. And while Music’s Biggest Night remains one of the most popular awards shows in the United States, the ongoing decline in viewership continues to raise questions about the appeal and relevance of such formats in today’s ever-changing media landscape.

Who has won the most Grammys?

Over the past six decades, several hundred artists from various music genres have been nominated for a Grammy Award. While the list of nominees, which includes both newcomers and industry heavyweights, is reshuffled every year, some names have become permanent fixtures of the event: Quincy Jones has received a total of 80 nominations during his career, landing him the spot as the most Grammy-nominated artist of all time. With 28 wins across multiple categories, the musician and producer also ranks second behind Hungarian composer Georg Solti in the running for the most Grammy Award-winning individual in the history of the telecast. The most coveted award of the night is the Album of the Year, which Taylor Swift won with the lockdown album 'Folklore' in 2021. Which musician gets to take home a gilded gramophone in one of the Grammys’ 83 categories is decided by members of the United States National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). In contrast, other popular music awards, such as the Billboard Music Awards, have at least one fan-voted category in their repertoires.

Grammy Awards ratings continue their poor performance

While millions of people tune in to watch the Grammy Awards every year, the CBS telecast has suffered visible audience losses for over a decade. Other award formats and live entertainment shows such as the American Music Awards are also grappling with dwindling audiences, as viewers catch up on artists’ performances and other show highlights online. While fewer fans sit through the live event and its commercial breaks, TV advertising revenue at the Grammy Awards has grown to reach a record 110 million U.S. dollars in 2020. This growth in ad revenue suggests that the event remains profitable for the network and artists alike. Seeing that prominent issues such as the lack of gender diversity and representation in the Grammys is only slowly being addressed by the Recording Academy, however, the show’s appeal among audiences is all but amplifying.

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