Music Quiz: What’s Your Grammy IQ?

How much do you know about the biggest night in music? Test your Grammy knowledge and discover a few fun facts along the way.

By Adrienne Farr
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Biggest Snub, Part I

Which hit lost out on a Grammy for Song of the Year?

1.  "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele

2. "The Way We Were" by Barbara Streisand

3.  "Hey Jude" by The Beatles

Biggest Snub, Part I

3. "Hey Jude" by The Beatles
The mega stars lost the Grammy to Bobby Russell's "Little Green Apples." Other losers in this category were Simon and Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson" and Tom T. Hall's "Harper Valley PTA."



"Rolling in the Deep" was awarded the Grammy in 2012 and "The Way We Were" took home the award in 1975.


Biggest Snub, Part II

What other big song missed out?

1.  "Streets of Philadelphia" by Bruce Springsteen

2.  "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana

3.  "Hello, Dolly!" by Louis Armstrong

Biggest Snub, Part II

2. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana
The group that's responsible for knocking '80s hair bands like Poison off the radar never received a Grammy for their hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Nirvana (fronted by the brilliant and tortured Kurt Cobain) had to settle for a single win in 1995 for Best Alternative Music Performance, MTV Unplugged.

"Streets of Philadelphia" won several awards including Song of the Year in 1995. "Hello, Dolly!" won for Best Vocal Performance, Male in 1965.

 

Biggest Winner, Male

Who holds the record for most overall Grammy wins by a male?

1.  Michael Jackson

2.  Vladimir Horowitz

3.  Sir Georg Solti

Biggest Winner, Male

3.  Sir Georg Solti
With 31 wins, Sir Georg Solti (1912-1997) is the most decorated Grammy winner of all time. He is most famously known as the Music Director for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Solti has won for several musical arrangements, including Decca's complete set of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, which some believe is his best musical work.

Second on the "Biggest Winner, Male" list is Quincy Jones (27) followed by French composer Pierre Boulez (26). Michael Jackson does not even break the top 10, while Vladimir Horowitz is 4th with 25 wins.

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Biggest Winner, Female

Who holds the record for most overall Grammy wins by a female?

1.  Alison Krauss

2.  Leontyne Price

3.  Aretha Franklin


Biggest Winner-Female

1. Alison Krauss
This bluegrass/country singer, songwriter and musician has a whopping 27 Grammy wins. Alison is not only the most decorated female winner, but she is also tied with Quincy Jones in second place for most Grammy wins of all time. Her latest Grammy was in 2012 for Best Bluegrass Album, "Paper Airplane."

Aretha Franklin is second with 18 wins while Leontyne Price and Ella Fitzgerald are tied in fifth with 13 wins.

Biggest Loser

What artist holds the record for most nominations without a Grammy win?

1.  Brian McKnight

2.  Katy Perry

3.  Martina McBride

Biggest Loser

1.  Brian McKnight
R&B crooner Brian McKnight has sold over 20 million albums and has been nominated 16 times with no Grammy wins.






Martina McBride appears third on this list with 14 nods and no wins while Katy Perry is in 8th with 8 Grammy nominations.


 

Youngest Winner

Which artist was the youngest to ever receive a Grammy win?

1.  Luis Miguel

2.  LeAnn Rimes

3.  Beyonce

Youngest Winner

1. Luis Miguel and 2. LeAnn Rimes 
A bit of a trick question--both artists were just 14 years old when they won. LeAnn Rimes won for Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1996. Luis Miguel won for Best Mexican-American Performance (with Sheena Easton) in 1984.


Beyonce was 19 when she received her first Grammy.

Oldest Winner

Which artist was the oldest to ever receive a Grammy win?

1.  Betty White

2.  George Burns

3.  Pinetop Perkins

Oldest Winner

3.  Pinetop Perkins
Pinetop Perkins (1913-2011) was 97 years young when he won for Best Traditional Blues album in 2011.  Perkins started his career as a guitarist but after an arm injury, opted for the piano.  He is considered to be one of the most influential blues performers and was inducted in the Blues Hall of Fame in 2003.

George Burns is second oldest to receive a Grammy win (94) while Betty White is third (90).


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