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The Top 10 Worst Artists To Win a Grammy

by dsussman   January 29, 2010 at 8:00AM  |  Views: 10,146

There have been a lot of so-called artists over the years that have won Grammys that truly didn’t deserve them in the first place. For an award that is held in such high regard, it’s a bit perplexing how the Grammy voters just hand out the coveted gilded gramophone statuettes like they were freakin’ Dum Dum lollipops.

10. Celine Dion

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Just because you have a great voice doesn’t mean you can create great music. Celine Dion is pretty much the quintessential example of this scenario.

Dion has been given a handful of gilded gramophones in her day and most definitely did not deserve any of them. No one is questioning Celine’s respectable vocal chops, it’s her soulless music and psychotic stage antics that make her impact on music nothing more than a wart that needs to be removed. Some people may think that huge pop epics like “My Heart Will Go On” are good for the music industry, but songs this overdramatic have a serious way of dumbing down music listeners with each and every play.

 

9. Enya

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Giving out an award for Best New Age Album is pretty much the equivalent of some random kid winning Most Improved Soccer Player at fat camp.

Irish vocalist Enya has nabbed four Grammys over the years and has dominated the genre by selling over 26.5 million records in the United States alone. As far as the pop world goes, I can understand why sh***y artists like Britney Spears and 'N Sync sell records, but I honestly cannot wrap my head around why Enya is so popular and how she has been so successful. Her music is basically just piano white noise with someone humming fantasy-inspired gibberish on top of it.

She also has to have some of the worst song titles of all-time. “Waterfall,” “Relaxation,” and "The Memory of the Trees" have to be my least favorite. Lord of the Rings fans must eat this s*** up.

By the way, if you're thinking it, Yanni has never won a Grammy.

8. Nelly

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I gotta say that Nelly’s only okay song is “Country Grammar” and the only real reason why is because of the beat and production. "Hot in Herre" is a close second. Either way, the dude is bum.

Nelly won Best Male Rap Solo Performance for "Hot in Herre" and somehow beat out Eminem for "Without Me" to boot. He also found himself on the winning side of things for his collaboration with Kelly Rowland for "Dilemma." I know most awards don’t mean s*** to begin with and the Rap Solo category has been a mess since day one, but I still can’t understand how this clown got praise for his work.

Nelly is not only a joke of an MC, he’s also one of the key players in the early-‘00s that helped turn hip-hop into a bubblegum pop package ripe ‘n ready for MTV. Even calling the song "Dilemma" a "Rap Collaboration" is an insult to the genre.  

7. Hootie & The Blowfish

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1996 was a rough year in pop music, and Hootie had the very easy task of beating out Alanis Morissette, Joan Osborne, and Shania Twain for the Best New Artist Grammy. Luckily for them, the people who gave them this award were very fond of horrible, sentimental soft-rock. When I sit back and think about some of the worst artists of the ‘90s, Hootie is always on the top of my list. I’m not saying that some of the dudes in the band aren’t talented musicians. I’m just saying that they were just a group of guys who chose to water down their skills and create popular pop hits to sell more records. Although, I guess Hootie didn’t know at the time that they had recorded songs that were basically the equivalent of a sexually transmitted disease.

6. All-4-One

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All-4-One's ear-bleeding hit "I Swear" won a Grammy in 1995 for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group and it also stood atop the Billboard charts at #1 for eleven weeks. *Facepalm*

I will accept that these guys do have some decent pipes and can harmonize pretty good, but the direction they decided to take their careers with “I Swear” instantly put them on long list of other horrible groups that have poisoned the well with even more bubblegum trash. "I Swear" is up there with some of the most annoying songs ever recorded, and the group themselves are truly one of the cheesiest the music scene has ever seen.

It makes my head want to implode that idiots like All-4-One can get a Grammy while legendary artists like Neil Young have never once took a statuette home. Balls.

 

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