Memorable GRAMMY Acceptance Speeches

  • Robert Plant at the 51st GRAMMY Awards in 2009
    Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com
  • Janet Jackson at Michael Jackson at the 35th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 1993
    Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.com
  • Taylor Swift at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2010
    Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
  • Helen Reddy
    Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage.com
  • Paul Simon
    Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage.com
  • Paul Williams
    Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage.com
  • U2 at the 43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2001
    Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage.com
  • Kanye West at the 47th GRAMMY Awards in 2005
    Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.com
  • Vince Gill at the 50th GRAMMY Awards in 2008
    Photo: Michael Caulfield/WireImage.com

(The following is featured in the List Issue of GRAMMY magazine. For more lists, read the full issue here.)

Not quite, “I Have A Dream,” but these were pretty good.

"And I would like to thank God because she makes everything possible."  — Helen Reddy, accepting Best Pop Performance, Female for "I Am Woman" at the 15th GRAMMY Awards in 1973

"I thought I told you to wait in the car." — Paul Simon to estranged partner Art Garfunkel, who was accepting the Record Of The Year Award on behalf of Olivia Newton-John at the 17th GRAMMY Awards in 1975

"[I'd like to thank my doctor for] some incredible valium [that] got me through the entire experience." — Songwriter Paul Williams, accepting the Song Of The Year GRAMMY with Barbra Streisand at the 20th GRAMMY Awards in 1978

"I think John is with us here today. Both John and I were always very proud and happy that we were part of the human race. He made good music for the Earth and for the universe." — A tearful Yoko Ono accepting Album Of The Year at the 24th GRAMMY Awards in 1982, approximately one year after the death of John Lennon

"I hope this finally puts to rest another rumor that's been in the press for too many years. Me and Janet really are two different people." — Michael Jackson accepting a GRAMMY Legend Award from sister Janet at the 35th GRAMMY Awards in 1993

"I'm amazed. I didn't even know that GRAMMYs were given to tone-deaf singers like me." — Then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton accepting her Best Spoken Word GRAMMY at the 39th GRAMMY Awards in 1997

"It's a very unusual emotion I'm feeling right now. I think it's called humility. The whole year's been humbling — going back to scratch, reapplying for the job. What job? The best band in the world job." — U2's Bono accepting for "Beautiful Day," which won Record and Song Of The Year and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal at the 43rd GRAMMY Awards in 2001

"I plan to celebrate and scream and pop champagne every chance I get, because I'm at the GRAMMYs baby! I know everybody asked me the question. … Everybody wanted to know what I would do, if I didn't win. I guess we'll never know." — Kanye West accepting Best Rap Album at the 47th GRAMMY Awards in 2005

"I just got an award given to me by a Beatle. Have you had that happen yet, Kanye?" — Vince Gill accepting his Best Country Album award from Ringo Starr at the 50th GRAMMY Awards in 2008

"In the old days we would have called this selling out, but I think it's a good way to spend a Sunday." — Robert Plant accepting Album Of The Year at the 51st GRAMMY Awards in 2009

"When we are 80 years old, and we are telling the same stories over and over again to our grandkids, and they are so annoyed with us, this is the story we are going to be telling … in 2010 we got to win Album Of The Year at the GRAMMYs." — Taylor Swift at the 52nd GRAMMY Awards in 2010

Email Newsletter