10 Biggest Grammy Upsets

5. Best Female Pop Vocal Performance 2007; Fergie and Furtardo to Rehab.

Amy Winehouse took everyone by shock when she came up to collect Grammy for best female vocal performance, while Nelly Furtardo, Fergie, Feist and Christina Aguilera were left in shock. It was the same year, when Nell Furtardo released the most downloaded track from a female vocalist, “Say It Right”.


4. Best Hard Rock Performance; Disturbed Priest as Mars Volta grabs it.

The nominees had Rob zombie for Lords of Salem, Disturbed for Inside the Fire, Judas Priest for Visions, the mars Volta for wax Simulacra and Motley Crue for Saints of Los Angeles. It was a sight in itself to see the expression of Judas Priest when The mars Volta was announced as the title winner for Best Hard Rock performer. Though, disturbed and Priest the most anticipated candidates for the category.


3. Best Rap Album 2008; American Gangster and Paper Trail bullied by Tha Carter III.

Lupe Fiasco had taken over the radios with Superstar, while Jay-Z became one of the richest Brooklyner with his ‘American Gangster and T.I had the sickest of rhymes making airwaves internationally. In the midst of this all rap frenzy the commercial act by Lil Wayne took over all the rap albums including Nas’s ‘Nas’. It wasn’t an upset if the statistics were revealed, but the real reason for the upset was the talent in this category. Lil Wayne bagged the Grammy amongst the Big Dogs of rap game.


2. Best New Artist 2008; Adele shock for Antebellum and Jonas.

2008 was musically one of the toughest for Grammys and the best new artist category has always been the most crucial, as it makes or breaks the market for a new artist. With the induction of strong new artists like Lady Antebellum, Duffy, The jonas Brothers and Jazmine Sullivan, in the music industry, it was Adele who shocked everyone with the Grammy hat night.


1. Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental; Jethro Tull outrules Metallica.

Academy recognized hard rock music artists for the first time in 1989 under the category Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental to Jethro Tull for the album Crest of a Knave taking Mettalica by surprise who were most favorite for ths category. This choice led to widespread criticism of the Academy, as journalists suggested that Jethro Tull’s music did not belong in the hard rock or heavy metal genres. In response, the Academy created the categories Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Metal Performance, separating the genres. The incident is often considered an example of the Grammy Awards being out of touch with popular sentiment, and was even named the biggest upset in Grammy history by Entertainment Weekly.

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