10 Music Legends Who Have Never Won Album Of The Year At The Grammys

Album of the Year is the Grammys’ most coveted category. Many greats — like Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, and The Beatles — have won. And a few — like Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, and Taylor Swift — have managed to do win more than once.

But here are 10 legends who still don’t have an Album of the Year Grammy.

1. Mariah Carey

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Even though Carey was nominated for Album of the Year three times for Mariah Carey, Daydream, The Emancipation of Mimi, she still has never won. Perfect pitch, 5-octave vocal range, multi-platinum selling albums, but no AOY Grammy.

2. Prince

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Prince was nominated for Purple Rain and Sign o’ the Times, but lost both times. Yes. Purple. Rain. Lost.

3. Beyoncé

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Lemonade marks the third time Beyoncé has been nominated for Album of the Year (she was also nominated for I Am… Sasha Fierce and Beyoncé). But she has never taken home to the trophy. Like, how?

4. Missy Elliott

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Elliott was nominated in 2004 for Under Construction, but she didn’t win. She was never nominated again despite her groundbreaking career as both an artist and producer.

5. Kanye West

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West is one of two solo artists to receive the Album of the Year nomination for their first three albums. Still, he has never won the category. It’s almost enough to make someone…storm a stage?

6. Shania Twain

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Twain is one of the biggest selling country artists ever, but she’s somehow never been awarded Album of the Year. She was nominated once in 1999 for Come on Over.

7. Dolly Parton

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Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time, yet she has only ever received one AOY nomination (in 1988 for a collaboration album Trio with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris). It just doesn’t add up.

8. Janet Jackson

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Janet has slayed the industry for three decades and was nominated once for for AOY her hit album Control in 1984. But she didn’t win.

9. Madonna

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Madonna was nominated once for Ray of Light in 1999, but she didn’t win AOY that year or ever, even though she’s one to the top five selling artists of all time.

10. Lady Gaga

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Gaga is the other solo artist to receive the Album of the Year nomination for their first three albums. But she also has never won in the category. What a bad romance.

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