The GRAMMYs' Biggest Nights

A historical look back at the artists who have won six or more GRAMMY Awards in one night
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    Roger Miller
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    Paul Simon
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    Michael Jackson
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    Quincy Jones
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    Eric Clapton
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    Carlos Santana
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February 13, 2012 -- 2:29 pm PST
By Paul Grein /

Adele made GRAMMY history last night at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards. By winning six awards, she equaled Beyoncé's record for the most GRAMMYs won by a female artist in one night and Eric Clapton's record for the most awards won by a British artist in one night.

Adele, 23, also broke Michael Jackson's record as the youngest artist to scoop up six or more of the coveted gramophones in one outing. Jackson was 25 at the time of his Thriller sweep.

Adele is only the eighth artist in GRAMMY history to win six or more awards in one night. Here's a list of the individuals who have accomplished this feat, arranged in chronological order:

Roger Miller
8th Annual GRAMMY Awards
March 15, 1966

The genial country singer/songwriter won six awards at age 30. That was the biggest GRAMMY sweep to that point. It remains the biggest sweep for a country artist. Five of the six awards were for Miller's country classic "King Of The Road," including Best Country & Western Song. The other award was for Best Country & Western Album for The Return Of Roger Miller. Miller died in 1992.

Paul Simon
13th Annual GRAMMY Awards
March 16, 1971

Simon won seven awards, breaking Miller's record of six. Then 29, Simon was the first person in GRAMMY history to win Album, Record and Song Of The Year in the same night. He won all seven of his GRAMMYs for Bridge Over Troubled Water and its classic title track. He shared five of the awards with his partner Art Garfunkel. They won as artists, and also as co-producers of the album and single, and as co-arrangers of the title track, which was one of the first and highly acclaimed power ballads. Simon also won two awards for the song, which he wrote.

Michael Jackson
26th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Feb. 28, 1984

Jackson won eight awards, topping Simon's mark of seven. Jackson's bounty included Record Of The Year for "Beat It" and Album Of The Year for Thriller. Jackson, then 25, won vocal performance awards in three fields: Pop (Thriller), Rock ("Beat It") and R&B ("Billie Jean"). He also shared the award for Producer Of The Year (Non-Classical) with Quincy Jones. Seven of Jackson's awards were for Thriller. The eighth was for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, which he recorded (with Jones) to accompany the Steven Spielberg blockbuster. The album was voted Best Recording For Children.

Quincy Jones
33rd Annual GRAMMY Awards
Feb. 20, 1991

The veteran artist and producer won six awards, including Album Of The Year for Back On The Block. The album drew on Jones' unparalleled history in the music business. His awards ranged from Best Jazz Fusion Performance for a version of Weather Report's "Birdland" to Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for the title track, on which he teamed with Melle Mel, Ice-T, Big Daddy Kane, Kool Moe Dee, and his son, Quincy D. III. Jones also won Producer Of The Year (Non-Classical). He became the first person to win that award three times. Jones was 57 at the time of his sweep, older than anybody else who won so many GRAMMYs in one night.

Eric Clapton
35th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Feb. 24, 1993

Clapton, then 47, became the first British artist to win six GRAMMYs in one night. The rock legend's sweep included Record and Song Of The Year for the heartfelt "Tears In Heaven" and Album Of The Year for Unplugged. He also took vocal performance awards in both pop and rock. One of Clapton's awards was for his 1970 Derek And The Dominos classic "Layla," which was voted Best Rock Song.

42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards
Feb. 23, 2000

The band won eight awards in 2000, which tied Jackson's record. This was the first time a group or duo had won six or more GRAMMYs in one night. Santana's awards included Record Of The Year for "Smooth" (featuring Rob Thomas) and Album Of The Year for Supernatural. The group won both vocal and instrumental awards in both the Pop and Rock Fields. Santana also won awards for collaborations with such diverse artists as Thomas, Clapton and Everlast, the former frontman for the hip-hop group House Of Pain.

52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards
Jan. 31, 2010

Beyoncé won six awards in 2010, including Song Of The Year for the exuberant "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)." Beyoncé, then 28, was the first woman to win six GRAMMYs in one night. She won vocal performance awards in Pop, R&B and Traditional R&B Fields. Five of Beyoncé's awards were for her album I Am… Sasha Fierce. The sixth was for a remake of the Etta James classic, "At Last," which she recorded for the movie Cadillac Records.

54th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Feb. 12, 2012

Adele, 23, won six awards last night, including Album Of The Year for 21 and Record and Song Of The Year for "Rolling In The Deep." She also took Best Pop Solo Performance for the torch song "Someone Like You" and Best Short Form Music Video for "Rolling In The Deep." In addition to matching the records set by Beyoncé and Clapton, she surpassed the late Amy Winehouse for the most wins by a female British artist in one night. Winehouse won five awards in 2008.

(Paul Grein, a veteran music journalist based in Los Angeles, writes the weekly Chart Watch column for This piece was adapted from a longer piece which Grein wrote for

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