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Iconic Artists Who Never Won A GRAMMY

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Beach Boys
With dozens of top 40 hits to their name and pioneers of the surf pop sound, The Beach Boys shockingly never won a Grammy Award. Brian Wilson had to wait until he went solo to take home the Grammy in 2005 for best rock instrumental performance for "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow."
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Queen
How Queen never took home a Grammy award is still baffling to many fans. The group was nominated in 1976 for "Bohemian Rhapsody" and in 1980 for "Another One Bites the Dust," but never walked away with that gramophone.
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The Doors
The reason behind The Doors' winless streak was based largely on a technicality. The Grammys didn't introduce a rock category until 1978, so much of the group's work was overlooked by Grammy voters.
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Led Zeppelin
Though nominated in 1970 for Best New Artist, Led Zeppelin has never taken home the GRAMMY. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant did however win the award for projects after the group disbanded.
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Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin put out four albums before her death and never once won a GRAMMY award. She was posthumously given the Lifetime Achievement Award at 47th Annual Grammy ceremony in 2005.
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The Kinks
One of the pioneering bands of the British Invasion, The Kinks were continually overlooked by the Recording Academy throughout their career.
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Jimi Hendrix
Considered one of the greatest guitars in history, Jimi Hendrix was never even nominated for a Grammy award during his short, but influential career. Hendrix was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award some 20 years after his death at age 27.
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Diana Ross
Like many of the classic artists on the list, Ross never won a Grammy in any of the regular categories - with the Supremes or solo - but was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
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Journey
With huge anthem-type hits like "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Wheels In The Sky," but have somehow been passed over by voters. They did receive a nomination for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for their 1996 song "When You Love a Woman."
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Jackson Brown
The folk-rock legend known for his hits "Running On Empty" and "The Pretender" has gone his entire career without a singLE Grammy win. He was nominated in 2007 for Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album.
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The Who
With a five-decade career still going strong today, it's hard to imagine how The Who has never taken home the award. They did pick up the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammy Foundation in 2001.
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