Dissed By Grammys' Past: Led Zep, Velvet Underground, Madonna, The Grateful Dead, And More

Well, maybe not.

A look back at the 40-year history of the Grammys and the musicians that they have chosen to reward (and overlook) provides more than ample fodder for second guessing and head scratching. If Grammy winners aren't actually decided by a dart-toss, how else could you explain how ultra-wholesome pop-songstress Amy Grant (a very nice woman, no doubt) has managed to collect five of the little statuettes while Madonna (an artist who has changed whole continents of culture in our time) has never won one for her music? The singer, dancer, and overall cultural phenomenon has only picked up one Grammy, that for her "Blond Ambition" tour documentary in the long form video category.

Even the Rolling Stones, who turbo-charged rock through the 60s, 70s and into the 80s, were unable to pry loose their first Grammy until 1994's "VooDoo Lounge," an album that even they laugh about today. But smiley-faced Bill Cosby has nine Grammys at home, and "Flubber" star Robin Williams

has four. Even Hillary Clinton has one.

The totally depressing truth of the matter is that the list of acts who have never won a competitive Grammy Award reads like a who's-who of the rock world: the Beach Boys, the Grateful Dead, the Who, Led Zeppelin, the Velvet Underground, and Kiss among others.

Armed with this knowledge, the Spice Girls and any other artists who remain Grammy-less after Wednesday night's ceremony will be able to content themselves with the fine company they keep. The rest of us should just try to keep it all in perspective.... after all, the Starland Vocal Band won a Grammy, but Zeppelin never did.

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