A Little GRAMMY Background!

Pop quiz: What genre of music boasts the artist who holds the record for the most GRAMMY Awards in a lifetime?

Take your time. ;)

If you guessed classical, congratulations! You are correct! The conductor Sir Georg Solti is the record-holder with 31 GRAMMY wins.

As community blogger for the Classical Field, I have plenty of subject matter to choose from — I'm covering 13 award categories and 66 nominations!

The categories in the Classical Field are:

  • Best Engineered Album, Classical
  • Producer Of The Year, Classical
  • Best Classical Album
  • Best Opera Recording
  • Best Choral Performance
  • Best Orchestral Performance
  • Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (With Orchestra)
  • Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (Without Orchestra)
  • Best Chamber Music Performance
  • Best Small Ensemble Performance
  • Best Classical Vocal Performance
  • Best Classical Contemporary Composition
  • Best Classical Crossover Album

Fortunately for me, I’m not expected to cover every single nomination; I get to choose the highlights.

But I thought it would be a good idea to study up on the history of the GRAMMYs in preparation for this gig. Here are a few tidbits:

In addition to Sir Georg Solti, some other notable record-holders include Alison Krauss, who is third in overall numbers and first among female artists, with 26 wins. The band with the most awards is U2, with 22.

In the classical categories, repeat winners include Leonard Bernstein with 16 awards and Yo-Yo Ma with 15.

Béla Fleck is quite the musical jack-of-all-trades having won awards in four Fields including Country, Pop, Jazz, Classical, and Composing/Arranging.

And those shiny statues you’ll see people hoisting on Jan. 31?

Each GRAMMY is still made by hand and gold-plated by John Billings, but "stunt" trophies are used during the Awards ceremony. Each trophy features an engraved plaque and is shipped to the winner several weeks after the telecast.

I wonder what happens to those "stunt" trophies after the big show? You can add that to my list of questions to ask when I get to L.A....:D

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