With 31 golden gramophones to his credit, the most decorated musician in Grammy Awards history — the late orchestra conductor Georg Solti — is hardly a household name.
But there are plenty of famous pop stars — from Stevie and Kanye to Beyoncé — who have racked up those trademark trophies, too.
With the Grammys coming off today, Sunday, March 14, here are the top 10 nonclassical winners of music’s biggest award’s scheme.
1. Quincy Jones: 28
Not only was Jones, 88, a part of Michael Jackson’s historic “Thriller” sweep in 1984 as producer of that classic LP, he also won Album of the Year for his own “Back on the Block” in 1991. Right behind Solti on the all-time list, Q first triumphed for Best Instrumental Arrangement (of the Count Basie Orchestra’s “I Can’t Stop Loving You”) in 1964.
2. Alison Krauss: 27
The bluegrass queen, 49, has tasted victory both on her own and with her group Union Station. But her biggest wins came with Robert Plant in 2009, when the unlikely pair won Album of the Year (“Raising Sand”) and Record of the Year (“Please Read the Letter”).
3. Stevie Wonder: 25
This R&B icon, 70, holds the distinction of winning Album of the Year three times — a record he shares with Frank Sinatra and Paul Simon. He triumphed for three consecutive LPs: 1973’s “Innervisions,” 1974’s “Fulfillingness’ First Finale” and 1976’s “Songs in the Key of Life.”