"Music is always a creative process that comes from the heart. It's a feeling, a vibration, that we ride on." — Maurice White 

  • Members: Philip Bailey, Ralph Johnson, Maurice White (died Feb. 4, 2016), Verdine White
  • Formed 1970 in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Earth, Wind & Fire broke through in 1975 with their first No. 1 hit, "Shining Star," from their chart-topping album, That's The Way Of The World. This was followed by 1975's live album, Gratitude, which also reached No. 1 and spawned the No. 5 song, "Sing A Song."
  • The group earned their first career GRAMMY win for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus for 1975 for "Shining Star." The group made their GRAMMY stage debut at the 46th GRAMMY Awards in 2004 when they performed "Shining Star" as part of a funk music tribute segment.
  • Before Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White founded a band called the Salty Peppers, which formed the kernel of what became the famous funk band.
  • As recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Earth, Wind & Fire performed on the 2016 PBS special dedicated to The Recording Academy's Special Merit Awards recipients.
  • In 2015 Earth, Wind & Fire played at the Houston Children's Charity gala to benefit "underprivileged, abused and disabled children who have been otherwise left behind."

 

Earth, Wind & Fire

"Music is always a creative process that comes from the heart. It's a feeling, a vibration, that we ride on." — Maurice White 

  • Members: Philip Bailey, Ralph Johnson, Maurice White (died Feb. 4, 2016), Verdine White
  • Formed 1970 in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Earth, Wind & Fire broke through in 1975 with their first No. 1 hit, "Shining Star," from their chart-topping album, That's The Way Of The World. This was followed by 1975's live album, Gratitude, which also reached No. 1 and spawned the No. 5 song, "Sing A Song."
  • The group earned their first career GRAMMY win for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus for 1975 for "Shining Star." The group made their GRAMMY stage debut at the 46th GRAMMY Awards in 2004 when they performed "Shining Star" as part of a funk music tribute segment.
  • Before Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White founded a band called the Salty Peppers, which formed the kernel of what became the famous funk band.
  • As recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Earth, Wind & Fire performed on the 2016 PBS special dedicated to The Recording Academy's Special Merit Awards recipients.
  • In 2015 Earth, Wind & Fire played at the Houston Children's Charity gala to benefit "underprivileged, abused and disabled children who have been otherwise left behind."

 

GRAMMY Award Results for Earth, Wind & Fire

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Nominations
Lifetime Achievement Award
Lifetime Achievement Award - 2016
 
Nominations
Best R&B Album
Illumination
 
Nominations
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Show Me The Way
 
Nominations
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
Hold Me
 
Nominations
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Sunday Morning
 
Nominations
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Fall In Love With Me
 
Wins
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Wanna Be With You
 
Nominations
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Let's Groove
 
Wins
Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus
After The Love Has Gone
Best R&B Instrumental Performance
Boogie Wonderland
Nominations
Record Of The Year
After The Love Has Gone
Best Disco Recording
Boogie Wonderland
 
Wins
Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus
All 'n All
Best R&B Instrumental Performance
Runnin'
Nominations
Best Pop Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus
Got To Get You Into My Life
 
Nominations
Best Arrangement For Voices (Duo, Group Or Chorus)
Can't Hide Love
Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus
Gratitude
 
Wins
Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus
Shining Star