The first Grammy Awards were held in 1959 in the Grand Ballroom of the Beverley Hills Hotel. By 2015, the Grammy Awards were watched by over 47 million people across the United States. With 13.3 percent of American TV households tuning in to watch in 2015, the Grammys have become the most viewed awards ceremony on television.
The 2017 Grammys included 84 award categories. Among the night’s winners were Adele and Chance The Rapper. Kanye West was nominated for six awards in 2017, but went away empty-handed. He is nevertheless on the list of the most Grammy Award-winning individuals of all time with 21 awards. At the top of this list is the conductor Sir Georgi Solti, who has a total of 31 awards.
Justin Bieber won his first Grammy in 2016, having previously been nominated for the award twice in 2011. The Canadian popstar is arguably one of the most successful music artists in the world today and boasts over 90 million Twitter followers. Taylor Swift is also no stranger to the Grammys, taking home three gongs in the 2016 edition of the awards. First week unit sales of her award-winning album, "1989", reached almost 1.3 million and her success continued into 2016, culminating in her becoming the highest paid celebrity in the world.
Since the first Grammy Awards, many famous artists have been named winners, such as Beyoncé (22 Grammys as of 2017) and Jay-Z (21 Grammys as of 2017). Less-famous artists have won as well, like Elmo from Sesame Street. The position of most nominated individual of all time is held by Quincy Jones, who has been nominated 79 times and has won at total of 27 times.
The Latin Grammy Awards take into account all Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking artists and were watched by over nine million viewers in the U.S. in spring 2016. Mexican artists have received the most Latin Grammy Awards - 136 awards as of 2015. Famous artists, Shakira among them, have been honored at the Latin Grammys. The award categories are not limited to classic Latin music genres, but include rock and pop as well.
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