Detailed Findings & Methodology
Based on the popularity metric used by 24/7 Wall St., some of those who are among the most popular Grammy Award winners of all time might be surprising. Categories such as Best Spoken Word Album and Best Comedy Album broaden the field of possible Grammy Award recipients to include actors, comedians, politicians, historical figures, athletes, journalists, and poets.
In its essence, however, the Grammy Awards honor those in the music industry, and musicians, singers, and songwriters dominate the list.
The most popular of the Grammy winners are contemporary artists such as Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, and Lady Gaga. Beyoncé has 22 Grammy Awards and is second only to country musician Alison Krauss among female artists in Grammy victories.
In addition, several stars who shined brightest in previous generations also earned a place on the list. Among them are Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley. Sinatra, who passed away in 1998, won nine Grammys. His most recent Grammy Award win was in 1995 for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance for “Duets II,” his last studio album.
Non-music figures who appear on the list won Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album and Best Comedy Album. Among the most popular Grammy winners of all time are three presidents, a civil rights icon, various actors, and a comedian.
To determine the most popular Grammy Winners of all time, 24/7 Wall St. ranked artists according to their daily average Wikipedia page views from Jan. 24, 2017 to Jan. 24, 2018. Only artists who have won at least one Grammy Award were considered. Lifetime achievement, hall of fame, and other honorary awards were not considered.