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How Many GRAMMYs Has Britney Spears Won? 10 Questions About The "Hold Me Closer" Singer Answered
Britney Spears and Elton John at the 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party in 2013.

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How Many GRAMMYs Has Britney Spears Won? 10 Questions About The "Hold Me Closer" Singer Answered

As Britney Spears' and Elton John's "Hold Me Closer" continues to hit dance floors around the world, GRAMMY.com answers the most popular questions about the pop star.

GRAMMYs/Aug 29, 2022 - 08:00 pm

The past year has given Britney Spears fans several reasons to celebrate. November 2021 marked the end of her nearly 14-year conservatorship with her father, Jamie, and now, Spears has released her first song in six years.

Elton John recruited Spears for his new single, "Hold Me Closer," a club-ready interpolation of his 1972 hit "Tiny Dancer." Though Spears' contribution is mostly vocal harmonies, it's a meaningful moment for the singer and her devoted fans.

"I'm so excited to be able to do it with her because if it is a big hit, and I think it may be, it will give her so much more confidence than she's got already and she will realize that people actually love her and care for her and want her to be happy," John said in an interview with The Guardian. "That's all anybody in their right mind would want after she went through such a traumatic time."

Naturally, Spears' reentry to the music world has caused a frenzy of headlines and buzz. But even when she hasn't been making music, Spears' life and career have been of public interest since she burst onto the scene in 1998. 

As "Hold Me Closer" finds its way to speakers and headphones around the world, GRAMMY.com answers some of the questions that Spears' fans want to know most about her start, her discography and much more.

How Did Britney Spears Get Her Start?

After unsuccessfully auditioning three years earlier, Spears' big break came when she landed a role as a cast member on Disney Channel's The Mickey Mouse Club in 1993. Her co-stars on the variety show included Ryan Gosling, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez.

"It was probably one of the most special times in my life, The Mickey Mouse Club," Spears told Entertainment Tonight in 2018.

Her time on The Mickey Mouse Club led to a recording contract with Jive Records in 1997 at age 15. She subsequently released her first seven albums with Jive before moving to RCA in 2013.

How Many Kids Does Britney Spears Have?

Britney Spears has two children with her ex-husband Kevin Federline: Sean Preston (born in September 2005) and Jayden James (born in 2006). Spears divorce with Federline was finalized in 2007; she recently married her third husband, Sam Asghari, in June.

How Many GRAMMYs Has Britney Spears Won?

To date, Britney Spears has won one GRAMMY and has received eight GRAMMY nominations overall. She took home the award for Best Dance Recording in 2005 for "Toxic." Spears' other nominations include Best New Artist (2000), Pop Vocal Album (2001 and 2003), Dance Recording (2010) and Female Pop Vocal Performance (2000, 2001 and 2003).

Does Britney Spears Have New Music?

In August, Spears released "Hold Me Closer," a duet with Elton John that utilizes elements of his 1971 classic "Tiny Dancer." The song is Spears' first new recording since her 2016 album Glory. (Three singles were released in 2020 — "Mood Ring," "Swimming in the Stars," and the Backstreet Boys collab "Matches" — but were considered part of a re-issue of Glory.) 

As of press time, she has not announced plans to release any more new music.

Who Has Britney Spears Collaborated With?

Along with Elton John, Spears has collaborated with stars including Madonna, Rihanna, G-Eazy, Tinashe, will.i.am, Pharrell Williams, Backstreet Boys, T.I., Giorgio Moroder, Miley Cyrus, Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj and Kesha.

Who Are Britney Spears' Influences?

Spears has often cited '80s superstars such as Madonna, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and even her latest collaborator Elton John as chief influences.

"She asked me who my favorite artists were — Prince — and I asked her who hers was. She said Elton John," Andrew Watt, who co-produced "Hold Me Closer," told The Guardian. "The song meant so much to her, and you can hear it in her vocal performance. She's singing her ass off."

How Many Albums Has Britney Spears Released?

As of August 2022, Britney Spears has released nine albums: …Baby One More Time (1999), Oops!… I Did It Again (2000), Britney (2001), In the Zone (2003), Blackout (2007), Circus (2008), Femme Fatale (2011), Britney Jean (2013) and Glory (2016). Her discography also includes nine box sets, eight compilations and three EPs.

How Long Did Britney Spears Perform In Las Vegas?

Spears performed a successful series of concerts at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas from 2013 to 2017, earning a reported $137.7 million for 248 shows. Unfortunately, it may not have been an altogether pleasant run for the star: In 2019, Spears told the court that she was forced by her father and the conservatorship to perform against her will.

What Is Britney Spears' Biggest Hit?

Spears' biggest hit is still "...Baby One More Time," her debut single. Released in 1998, "...Baby One More Time" spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. According to the RIAA, the song was certified Platinum in January 1999.

Spears has since appeared on four additional No. 1 Hot 100 hits: "Womanizer" (2008), "3" (2009), Rihanna's "S&M" (2010) and "Hold It Against Me" (2011). Surprisingly, "Toxic" peaked at No. 9 on the chart — despite being her most-streamed song on Spotify and her second most-watched video on YouTube.

Why Do People Say Free Britney?

In 2008, after being hospitalized twice for involuntary psychiatric evaluations stemming from concerns about her mental health and possible substance use, Spears was placed under a conservatorship helmed by her father, Jamie Spears. For the next 13 (nearly 14) years, Spears was unable to make decisions about her nearly $60 million dollar fortune or any personal or professional matters in her life.

As Spears became more vocal about finding the conservatorship under her father to be abusive and wanting it to end, the phrase "Free Britney" began as a social media hashtag in 2020. The phrase sprouted a movement that grew to include in-person demonstrations at the Los Angeles County courthouse, where Spears had hearings to terminate the conservatorship. Framing Britney Spears, a 2021 New York Times documentary, examined the goals of "Free Britney" as a force for change.

In November 2021, a judge ruled that Spears is now free from her conservatorship. And on August 28, Spears posted a 22-minute audio clip to the GlitterBritney channel on YouTube discussing how she felt abused in the conservatorship.

"I'm here honestly just to open myself to others and try to shed a light on, if anyone out there has ever gone through hardships or whatever it is, just to put a light on it so that person doesn't feel alone, because I really know what that feels like," she said.

Though she hasn't teased any more new music just yet, this next chapter will be huge for both Spears and her fans. As her lawyer Mathew Rosengart said in a press conference after her conservatorship was terminated, "What's next for Britney, and this is the first time this could be said for about a decade, is up to one person: Britney."

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GRAMMY Insider: Eminem, Jay-Z, Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake

All the GRAMMY winners news, including this week's No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 and a new university course on the Boss

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

(The GRAMMY Insider keeps you up to date about news on your favorite GRAMMY winners, including information about new album releases, tour updates, notable media appearances, interviews, and more.)

Charts
It was a "Berzerk" week for Eminem, whose The Marshall Mathers LP 2 debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 792,000 units sold, marking the second-biggest debut of the year behind Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience, which moved 968,000 units in March.

Academics
The gospel according to Bruce Springsteen will soon be part of the curriculum at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Available as a freshman seminar, the course will examine the theology of the Boss' entire catalogue and will be taught by professor and longtime Springsteen fan Azzan Yadin-Israel.

New Music
The 20th anniversary of the release of Frank Sinatra's 1993 Duets album will be celebrated on Nov. 19 with the release of Frank Sinatra: Sinatra Duets — Twentieth Anniversary, a deluxe package that will also include Sinatra's 1994 follow-up, Duets II. In related news, Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey has announced Sinatra Select, a specially crafted bottle inspired by the Chairman himself. … On Nov. 25 Barbra Streisand will release Back To Brooklyn, a live album/DVD package commemorating her two-night homecoming stay at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2012. On Nov. 29 PBS will air the concert in its entirety as part of its Arts Fall Festival. … Britney Spears will release her new album Britney Jean on Dec. 3. The album will feature guest appearances by will.i.am, T.I. and Spears' sister, Jamie Lynn.

Covers
T-Swizzle and hip-hop? Taylor Swift recently paid tribute to Eminem with an acoustic cover of his GRAMMY-winning song "Lose Yourself" during an interview on Pittsburgh's WOGI-FM. … The music of Jack White will be celebrated on the forthcoming album Rockin' Legends Pay Tribute To Jack White, set for release on Nov. 19. Artists paying tribute to White include Gary U.S. Bonds, Wanda Jackson and Shooter Jennings.

Tune In
Witches, actors and Stevie Nicks … oh my. According to a report this season of "American Horror Story: Coven" will be graced with a bewitching appearance by the legendary Fleetwood Mac singer. … Fab Four fans, save the date: "The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles" will air on CBS Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, from 8–10 p.m. ET/PT. The primetime special will celebrate the remarkable legacy of the seven-time GRAMMY-winning group and their historic first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" — exactly 50 years to the day, date and time of the original event.

Film
Jay-Z's Made In America concert documentary was directed by Ron Howard and will be released to theaters in 2014. … Kill The Trumpet Player, the long-awaited biopic on jazz pioneer Miles Davis, is now underway with Don Cheadle serving as director and actor in the role of Davis, alongside Ewan McGregor and Zoe Saldana.

#theysaidit
When asked about having babies, newlywed Kelly Clarkson said she and husband Brandon Blackstock are trying "like rabbits." … Former "American Idol" judge Mariah Carey recently likened her stint as a judge on the series — along with Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban — to "going to work every day in hell with Satan," but didn't reveal who "Satan" might be.

Taylor Swift On Track For Top-Selling Tour For Summer 2018

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Taylor Swift On Track For Top-Selling Tour For Summer 2018

Ed Sheeran earns top per-show act status according to StubHub's annual preview report, with the Eagles, Harry Styles, and Beyoncé and Jay-Z also ranking high on the list

GRAMMYs/May 31, 2018 - 01:37 am

Last week we asked you to vote on your most anticipated summer tour, from the TDE Championship Tour and  G-Eazy to Luke Bryan, Harry Styles, and more. On May 30 Stub Hub released their fourth annual report on the hottest in-demand summer 2018 tours by the numbers. Let's see how your vote stacks up.

Taylor Swift is predicted to be the top-selling act overall and the seventh highest when calculating the per-show rate, while Ed Sheeran raked in the best overall position according to per-show sales spanning U.S. tour dates from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2018.

Overall, Swift is followed by the Eagles' tour at No. 2, who also placed third highest when factoring in a per-show rate. Third overall was Styles, followed by Beyoncé and Jay-Z's co-headlining tour at No. 4 and the Foo Fighters at No. 5. Others who made the Top 10 for best-selling artist overall include Kenny Chesney, U2, Journey and Def Leppard's co-headlining tour, and Sam Smith (No. 10).

George Strait rounded out second place for most sales per show behind Sheeran. Pearl Jam, whose guitarist Mike McCready was just honored at the 2018 MusiCares Concert For Recovery, also placed in the Top 10 for best-selling act per show, along with Billy Joel, Justin Timberlake, Pink, U2, and the Foo Fighters.

Billboard pointed out that women had a strong representation among the Top 30 overall and per-show tours. In addition to T-Swizzle and Queen Bey, Britney Spears, Shakira, and Shania Twain all earned prominent placement. Swift also outpaced her closest companions on the list by a wide margin, besting the Eagles by 40 percent and Styles by 65 percent.

So what do you think? Where did your favorite artist rank via the numbers?

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GRAMMY Winners To Perform At Haiti Benefit

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 04:22 am

GRAMMY Winners To Perform At Haiti Benefit
GRAMMY-winning artists Christina Aguilera, Bono, Alicia Keys, and Sting are among the artists who will perform at the "Hope For Haiti Now" benefit taking place Jan. 22 in New York. Hosted by GRAMMY winner Wyclef Jean, the show will be televised across more than a dozen broadcast and cable networks and will benefit Oxfam America, Red Cross, and UNICEF, among others, in support of the victims of the recent Haiti earthquake. (1/19)

Celine Dion Is Decade's Top-Earning Artist
Celine Dion has been named the No. 1 artist on the Los Angeles Times' Ultimate Top 10 list, a ranking of artists' combined album sales and concert revenue from the past decade. Dion totaled $748 million in revenue, followed by Kenny Chesney with $742 million, Dave Matthews Band with $737.4 million, the Beatles with $627.3 million, and U2 with $609.7 million. Rounding out the list were Toby Keith, Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, Tim McGraw, and Britney Spears. (1/19)

BRIT Awards Nominees Announced
The BRIT Awards 2010 nominees were announced with Lily Allen, Florence & The Machine, Lady Gaga, and Pixie Lott leading the field with three nominations each. Others artists receiving nods include Dizzee Rascal, Jay-Z, JLS, La Roux, and Paolo Nutini. The BRIT Awards will take place Feb. 16 at Earls Court Arena in London. (1/19)

Japanese Physical Market Declines
Audio production totaled 214.3 million units in Japan in 2009, a 13 percent decline from the previous year, for a value of $2.75 billion, representing a 16 percent year-over-year decline, according to Recording Industry Association of Japan. While audio production declined, music video production totaled 59.2 million units, up 6 percent over 2008, for a value of $739 million, a 2 percent increase. (1/19)
 

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Britney Spears, Chris Stapleton and The Weeknd are featured in the 10 tweets and Instagram posts we didn't want you to miss

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