Now that we're in the final stretch before this year's Grammys on Sunday night, you're probably up on your Grammy lore. But, as is true with all major awards shows, Grammy history is filled with surprises, upsets, and oddities. Here are some Grammy facts that you won't believe are true. Trust us, they are.
12. Bob Dylan, the most respected songwriter of the rock era, has never been nominated for Song of the Year. (The Grammys were averse to rock when he wrote many of his most classic works, including "Blowin' in the Wind.")
11. The Beatles never won Record of the Year, despite nominations for four all-time classics — "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "Yesterday," "Hey Jude," and "Let It Be." The Fab Four did win in the other top Grammy categories — Album of the Year (for "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"), Song of the Year (for "Michelle"), and Best New Artist.
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10. The Rolling Stones weren't nominated for a Grammy in any category until 1978, when "Some Girls" was a finalist for Album of the Year. In 1986, the Recording Academy made amends by bestowing a Lifetime Achievement Award upon the band. The Stones finally won their first two Grammys in 1995 — more than 30 years after their U.S. breakthrough.
8. Polka king Jimmy Sturr has amassed as many Grammys as soul queen Aretha Franklin. Both artists have won 18 awards.
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6. Reggae legend Bob Marley never won, either. The Grammys didn't add a reggae category until 1984, three years after Marley died of cancer. In 2001, the Recording Academy voted Marley a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award.
4. "Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev & Sophia Loren" sounds like the set-up to a really corny joke, but these three Very Famous People shared a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for 2003's "Peter and the Wolf"/"Wolf Tracks."
2. Christopher Cross is the only artist to sweep the Big Four awards — Record, Album and Song of the Year, and Best New Artist — in one night. Alas, it was a case of too much, too soon. Cross hasn't won another Grammy since.
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