Was Michael Jackson the biggest GRAMMY winner in the '80s?
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. Let's fire up the GRAMMY time machine and go back to the '80s.
Quincy Jones, 14
Jones' tally for the 1980s includes eight awards as a producer, four as an arranger, one as an artist and one as a video producer. Jones had his biggest of many big GRAMMY nights in 1981, when he won five awards, including Producer Of The Year. He won that award again two years later (sharing it with Michael Jackson). Jones won Record Of The Year twice, for Jackson's "Beat It" and USA For Africa's "We Are The World." Jones received a Recording Academy Trustees Award in 1989 and a GRAMMY Legend Award in 1991.
Georg Solti, 13
Solti, who has won more GRAMMYs than anyone else in history (31), had his biggest GRAMMY night in 1983, when he took home four awards. (He was overshadowed by Michael Jackson, who scooped up twice as many awards that night.) The Hungarian-born conductor won Best Classical Album twice in the '80s. Mahler: Symphony No. 2 In C Minor took the prize in 1981 and Mahler: Symphony No. 9 In D won in 1983. Remarkably, Solti also won 13 GRAMMYs in the '70s. No other classical artist has ever won 13 GRAMMYs in a decade. Solti received a Recording Academy Trustees Award in 1967 (in collaboration with John Culshaw) and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996. He died in 1997.
Michael Jackson, 11
Jackson made history in 1983 when he became the first artist to win eight GRAMMYs in one night. The bounty included Album Of The Year for Thriller and Record Of The Year for "Beat It." Jackson and Lionel Richie shared Song Of The Year in 1985 for "We Are The World." Jackson received a GRAMMY Legend Award in 1993 and was awarded a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously in 2010. He died in 2009.
Robert Woods, 10
Woods can make a good case for being the Classical Producer Of The Decade: He won Classical Producer Of The Year six times in the '80s. In addition, he won as producer of the year's Best Classical Album twice in the decade. He oversaw Berlioz: Requiem (1985) and Verdi: Requiem & Operatic Choruses (1988).
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(Paul Grein, a veteran music journalist, writes for Yahoo Music.)