Grammy Moments to Remember (and Forget)

Elvis Presley, often called the "king of rock 'n' roll," never won a rock 'n' roll Grammy. His three Grammys were in the religious music categories.

Despite Motown’s star-studded talent during the 1960s — including the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, the Four Tops and Gladys Knight & the Pips — it only won a single Grammy the entire decade. The Grammy was for R&B group vocals.

During the 1960s, the revolutionary Beatles earned only five Grammys and never won the record of the year award.

In 1967, the best contemporary (rock 'n' roll) recording went to the New Vaudeville Band for "Winchester Cathedral." The losers included the Beatles’ "Eleanor Rigby," the Beach Boys’ "Good Vibrations," the Associations' Cherish, the Monkees’ "Last Train to Clarksville," and the Mamas & the Papas’ "Monday, Monday."

At the 1981 Grammys, singer-songwriter Christopher Cross swept all top four Grammy categories: best album, best record of the year, best song of the year, best new artist.

In 1985, the best album of the year Grammy had powerhouse nominations, including Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA, Prince’s Purple Rain and Tina Turner’s Private Dancer. The winner was Lionel Richie’s Can’t Slow Down.

In 1989, the Grammys began the category for hard rock/heavy metal performers. AC/DC, Metallica, Iggy Pop and Jane’s Addiction lost. To the boos and hisses of the audience, the winner was Jethro Tull.

In 1990, Milli Vanilli won the best new artist Grammy. Later, when it was revealed that neither of them had sung on their multi-platinum albums, the award was rescinded.