The GRAMMYs' Biggest Winners: The '10s
Who are the biggest GRAMMY winners for each decade from the 1950s to the 2010s? In our ongoing Music's Biggest Winners series, we'll take a look at the four artists (more in the case of ties) who received the most awards in each decade. You'll learn a little bit about the artists, their GRAMMY wins during the decade and other notable Recording Academy honors. Here's the final installment: the 2010s.
Note: Awards have been presented in just four years of this decade.
Jay Z, 9
All nine of Jay Z's awards in this decade have been for collaborations. He won three awards in 2010. "Empire State Of Mind," his pairing with Alicia Keys, was voted Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. "On To The Next One," a collaboration with Keys' husband Swizz Beatz, won Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group. Jay Z won one award in 2011. "Otis," a collaboration with Kanye West, was named Best Rap Performance. He won three awards in 2012 for two more collaborations with West. "N****s In Paris" was voted Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. "No Church In The Wild" (which also featured Frank Ocean and The-Dream) won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. At the 56th GRAMMY Awards, Jay Z won two awards for collaborations with Justin Timberlake: Best Music Video for "Suit & Tie" and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Holy Grail."
Adele won six awards in 2011, matching Beyoncé's record for most GRAMMYs won in one night by a female artist and Eric Clapton's record for most GRAMMYs won in one night by a British artist. 21 was voted Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. "Rolling In The Deep" took Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Short Form Music Video. "Someone Like You" won for Best Pop Solo Performance. Adele repeated in the latter category in 2012 with a live version of "Set Fire To The Rain" drawn from her DVD/CD set Adele Live At The Royal Albert Hall. At the 56th GRAMMY Awards, Adele won Best Song Written For Visual Media for "Skyfall," which she co-wrote with Paul Epworth.
David Frost, 8
Classical producer/engineer Frost won four awards in 2010, including Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance for Verdi: Requiem. He followed the next year with a win for Best Small Ensemble Performance. At the 56th GRAMMY Awards, Frost took two home two awards for his involvement as the producer/engineer on Winter Morning Walks — Best Classical Vocal Solo and Best Engineered Album, Classical — as well as Producer Of The Year, Classical honors. Frost has won the latter award twice this decade and four times overall.
Dave Grohl, 8
As a member of Them Crooked Vultures, Grohl took Best Hard Rock Performance in 2010 for "New Fang." As a member of Foo Fighters, Grohl swept five awards in 2011. Wasting Light won Best Rock Album. "Walk" won Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song. "White Limo" took Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance. Foo Fighters: Back And Forth won Best Long Form Music Video. At the 56th GRAMMYs, Grohl won Best Rock Song for "Cut Me Some Slack," with Paul McCartney and fellow former Nirvana members Kurt Novoselic and Pat Smear. Grohl also took home Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media honors for Sound City — Real To Reel.
Dan Auerbach, 7
Auerbach has won four awards as a member of the Black Keys, plus three on his own. He was voted Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical in 2012. In 2010 the Black Keys won Best Alternative Music Album for Brothers and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for "Tighten Up." In 2012 the duo won Best Rock Album for El Camino and Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for "Lonely Boy."
Kanye West, 7
Six of West's seven awards in this decade have been for collaborations. West won four awards in 2011. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy took Best Rap Album. "All Of The Lights," a collaboration with Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie, won Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. "Otis," a pairing with Jay Z, took Best Rap Performance. He won three awards in 2012 for two more collaborations with Jay Z. "N****s In Paris" was voted Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. "No Church In The Wild" (which also featured Frank Ocean and The-Dream) won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
Lady Antebellum, 6
The country crossover trio won five awards in 2010, matching Dixie Chicks' record for most GRAMMYs won in one night by a country group. "Need You Now" took Record Of The Year and Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals. The group's members — Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott — also won Song Of The Year and Best Country Song for "Need You Now." The album of the same name took Best Country Album. The trio's follow-up album, Own The Night, won Best Country Album in 2011.
Bob Ludwig, 6
Mastering engineer Ludwig has won GRAMMYs in three consecutive years. He picked up Best Surround Sound Album honors for Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (Super Deluxe Edition) in 2011 and Album Of The Year for Mumford & Sons' Babel in 2012. At the 56th GRAMMYs, Ludwig was among the top winners with four awards. As the mastering engineer for Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, he won Album and Record Of The Year and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. He also picked up Best Historical Album honors for Charlie Is My Darling — Ireland 1965.
The DJ (real name: Sonny Moore) won three awards in 2011 and the same three awards in 2012. Both years, he took Best Dance/Electronica Album (for Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites and Bangarang), Best Dance Recording (for the title tracks) and Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical (for his remixes of Benny Benassi's "Cinema" and Nero's "Promises").
(Paul Grein, a veteran music journalist, writes for Yahoo Music.)