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Who Is The Leonardo DiCaprio Of The Grammys?

How have Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj and Bob Marley received ZERO Grammys? HOW?

Leonardo DiCaprio is, without a doubt, one of the finest actors of our time. He killed it in "The Wolf of Wall Street," murdered it in "The Aviator" and shed his Hollywood nice-guy image to play a villain in "Django Unchained." And, hello, "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" Come on!

And yet, for all his good work -- he's arguably one of finest actors of his generation -- he's scored two Golden Globe wins, five Oscars nominations, but no Oscars. None.

So, with the 57th Grammys just around the corner, that got us thinking: Who's the Leonardo DiCaprio of the music world? Perpetually talented, perpetually prolific, perpetually ignored by the Academy.

There are tons of Grammy-less hip-hop artists who've gotten the short end from the typically predictable Recording Academy (Nas, Snoop Dogg, Tupac, Busta Rhymes. But who's the clearly deserving, hard-working musical pop/rock crusher who just can't seem to dodge Grammy underdog status?

  • Katy Perry
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    Katy has sold more than 11 million albums, 81 million singles, and she has three Guinness World Records. She claims a record five No. 1 hits from Teenage Dream alone, 13 Grammy nominations and literally zero Grammys sitting on her mantle. Where's the love, Recording Academy?

  • Nicki Minaj
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    She's one of the biggest artists of the second decade of the aughts. She's set records, broken them, and seen a total of six Grammy nominations (including two 2015 Grammy nominations). But Nicki Minaj still has yet to take home a Grammy.

  • One Direction
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    Sorry, but it's true. Four straight No. 1 Billboard album chart debuts in a row, a 19/19 record at the Teen Choice awards, and not a single Grammy nomination so far for 1D? As Jimmy Fallon would say, "ew."

  • Miley Cyrus
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    Five No. 1 albums, 29 Hot 100 entries on the Billboard singles chart, close to 750 million views of the "Wrecking Ball" video and... One nomination to date for Best Pop Vocal Album (Bangerz) for Miley (none for Hannah Montana). One!!

  • Justin Bieber
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    If you're a true Belieber, you've haven't forgotten Justin Bieber's had four No. 1 albums and that "Baby" is the second-most watched music video of all time with more than 1.1 billion views. But Justin's been up for a Grammy just twice. Even when he seemed a shoo-in for Best New Artist in 2011 he got passed over for jazz artist Eperanza Spalding. Beliebers everywhere are still scorned.

  • Nickelback
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    Just goes to show you, selling 50 million albums and crushing at radio will get you a mansion and Grammy six nominations, but no trip to the podium for Nickelback.

  • Björk

    Nominated 13 times and seemingly the kind of artsy Grammy bait the Academy loves to honor thanks to her quirky, super musical abilities, Björk is always the Icelandic bridesmaid, never the swan dress-wearing bride.

  • Bob Marley
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    Bob Marley has zero Grammys. Seriously. The undisputed king of dorm room walls has never even been nominated despite selling more than 75 million albums and almost singlehandedly bringing reggae to the global masses. Marley was granted a lifetime achievement honor in 2001http://articles.mtv.com/wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=syndication_partner.

  • Led Zeppelin
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    Speaking of dorm room rocking, "Stairway To Heaven" superstars Led Zep are also in the honorary category and have never won any real hardware despite selling more than 250 million albums and retaining a standing as one of the most influential rock bands of all time.

  • Guns N' Roses
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    Really? Three nominations and not a single win for the "Sweet Child 'O Mine" rock icons? GNR defined heavy metal and excess in the 1990s, sold more than 100 million albums and trashed countless hotel rooms. But not one little Grammy? That just feels wrong.

  • 50 Cent
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    He's had huge crossover hits like "In Da Club," and he's got 14 Grammys nominations, but 50 Cent will just have to stare at Marshall's baker's dozen for now thanks to a lone 2010 shared Grammy with mentors Eminem and Dr. Dre for Em's "Crack A Bottle."