Best-Selling Grammy Winners of All Time
11. Mariah Carey
> Sales: 66.5 million albums, 33 million digital singles
> Grammy history: 5 wins, 34 nominations
> Best-selling album or single: “Music Box” (album) / “Daydream” (album)
Mariah Carey has had 13 albums be certified at least platinum. Two of these — “Music Box” and “Daydream” — attained diamond status. She’s won five Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist in 1991.
10. Led Zeppelin
> Sales: 111.5 million albums, 0 million digital singles
> Grammy history: 1 win, 3 nominations
> Best-selling album or single: “Led Zeppelin IV” (album)
Hard rockers Led Zeppelin won a single Grammy Award. Surprisingly, it was awarded following the band’s original 12-year run and came in 2013 for “Celebration Day” — a live album depicting a reunion set recorded in 2007. The band was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
> Sales: 120 million albums, 1 million digital singles
> Grammy history: 6 wins, 18 nominations
> Best-selling album or single: “Hotel California” (album)
The Eagles compilation “Their Greatest Hits (1971 – 1975)” holds the record for highest certified album, with 38 million sales and sales equivalents. In total they’ve sold 120 million albums in the U.S. The band’s first Grammy win was in 1975 for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Group for “Lyin’ Eyes.” Their most recent was in 2008 for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for the song “I Dreamed There Was No War.”
8. Michael Jackson
> Sales: 84 million albums, 42 million digital singles
> Grammy history: 13 wins, 38 nominations
> Best-selling album or single: “Thriller” (album)
Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is the second-highest certified album of all time, with 33 million copies sold in the U.S. to date. The King of Pop had similar success at the Grammy Awards. In 1984 he was the first artist to win eight awards in one night — a feat matched only by Santana in 2000. He was also a recipient of the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 and the Grammy Legend Award in 1993.
> Sales: 22.5 million albums, 121 million digital singles
> Grammy history: 9 wins, 33 nominations
> Best-selling album or single: “We Found Love” (single)
Of the 121 million digital singles sold by Rihanna, the most popular was her 2011 “We Found Love,” followed by “Stay.” She has also released seven albums that have been certified at least platinum. She has won nine Grammy Awards, beginning with Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Umbrella,” which she collaborated with Jay-Z on, in 2007.