Who were the biggest GRAMMY winners of the 70s?
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 '70s.
Stevie Wonder, 15
Wonder is the only artist in GRAMMY history to win five or more awards on three separate nights. All three sweeps included Album Of The Year. The albums, which were consecutive studio releases, were Innervisions, Fulfillingness' First Finale and Songs In The Key Of Life. Wonder won Best Producer Of The Year in his third sweep, in 1976. He received a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.
Georg Solti, 13
Solti won Best Classical Album (sometimes called Album Of The Year — Classical) four times during the decade, for his interpretations of works by Mahler, Berlioz, Beethoven, and Brahms. Remarkably, the Hungarian-born conductor picked up another 13 GRAMMYs in the '80s. No other classical artist has ever won 13 GRAMMYs in a decade. Solti received a Recording Academy Trustees Award in 1967 (in collaboration with producer John Culshaw) and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996. He died in 1997.
Paul Simon, 10
Simon received seven GRAMMYs in 1970 for his work on Simon & Garfunkel's instant standard "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and the duo's album of the same name. (This set a new record, breaking Roger Miller's record of six GRAMMYs in one night.) Simon received three more GRAMMYs in 1975 for his third solo album, Still Crazy After All These Years. Both of these albums were voted Album Of The Year. Simon & Garfunkel received a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.
Vladimir Horowitz, 9
After winning eight GRAMMYs in the '60s, Horowitz did even better in the '70s, taking nine awards. Horowitz won Album Of The Year, Classical in 1971 for Horowitz Plays Rachmaninoff (Etudes-Tableaux Piano Music; Sonatas) and Best Classical Album in 1977 for Concert Of The Century, a collaboration with such giants as Isaac Stern, Leonard Bernstein and Mstislav Rostropovich. The Ukrainian-born pianist died in 1989. He was awarded a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously in 1990.
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(Paul Grein, a veteran music journalist, writes for Yahoo Music.)