Who was the biggest GRAMMY winner in the '90s?
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 '90s.
Vince Gill, 14
Gill's 14 GRAMMYs in the 1990s set a new record for a country artist. It surpassed Roger Miller's mark of 11 awards in the '60s. Alison Krauss, whose music spans country and bluegrass, surpassed Gill's mark in the 2000s. But Gill still holds the record for male country artist. Remarkably, Gill won one or more GRAMMYs in every year of the decade. His tally for the decade includes seven awards for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male. He won Best Country Song twice during the decade, for "I Still Believe In You" and "Go Rest High On That Mountain."
Eric Clapton, 13
Clapton's 13 GRAMMYS in the '90s set a new record (which still stands) for an artist born in the UK. (It surpassed Sting's mark of nine awards in the '80s.) Clapton won six awards in 1992, including Album Of The Year for Unplugged and Record and Song Of The Year for "Tears In Heaven." He was the first British artist to win so many awards in one night. Clapton won Record Of The Year again four years later for "Change The World." Clapton's former band Cream received a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
Pierre Boulez, 12
Boulez's tally includes three consecutive awards for Best Classical Album from 1993–1995. The French composer and conductor won 11 of these 12 awards as an artist or conductor; the 12th as the composer of "Boulez: Répons," which was voted Best Classical Contemporary Composition in 1999.
Babyface's tally includes a record four awards for Producer Of The Year, Non Classical. (He shared the first of these with his partner, Antonio "L.A." Reid,) It also includes three awards for songwriting and one for his work an artist: Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "When Can I See You." Babyface's awards as a producer include Album Of The Year for Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard soundtrack and Record Of The Year for Clapton's "Change The World."
Alison Krauss, 10
Krauss was the first woman to win 10 GRAMMYs in one decade. She won five of these awards for her work in Alison Krauss & Union Station; the others for solo recordings or collaborations with such artists as Cox Family and Shenandoah. Krauss was 19 years old when she won her first GRAMMY in 1990.
Alan Menken, 10
Menken's tally includes four awards for Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television. His winning songs were "Under The Sea (From The Little Mermaid)," "Beauty And The Beast (From Beauty And The Beast)," "A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)," and "Colors Of The Wind (From Pocahontas)." Menken's biggest year was 1993, when he won four GRAMMYs, including Song Of The Year for "A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)." Check out Menken's favorite GRAMMY Hall Of Fame recordings.
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(Paul Grein, a veteran music journalist, writes for Yahoo Music.)