Special Report

Best-Selling Grammy Winners of All Time

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46. Alabama
> Sales: 46.5 million albums, 0 million digital singles
> Grammy history: 2 wins, 13 nominations
> Best-selling album or single: “Mountain Music” (album)

Country band Alabama has sold millions of studio albums and greatest hits compilations. The band has two Grammy Awards, both for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal. The winning songs were “Mountain Music” in 1982 and “The Closer You Get…” in 1983.

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45. Kenny G
> Sales: 48 million albums, 0 million digital singles
> Grammy history: 1 win, 17 nominations
> Best-selling album or single: “Breathless” (album)

Saxophonist Kenny G has 48 million certified album sales in the United States. His 1992 album “Breathless” accounts for 12 million and “Miracles: The Holiday Album” for another 8 million. The jazz musician’s sole Grammy win to date is Best Instrumental Composition in 1993 for his “Forever in Love.”

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44. Kenny Rogers
> Sales: 47.5 million albums, 0.5 million digital singles
> Grammy history: 3 wins, 19 nominations
> Best-selling album or single: “The Gambler” (album)

Crossover country singer Kenny Rogers has sold 48 million albums and digital singles combined and won three Grammy Awards. The first of these was for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male, for his country chart-topping song “Lucille” in 1977.

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43. Twenty One Pilots
> Sales: 6.5 million albums, 42 million digital singles
> Grammy history: 1 win, 3 nominations
> Best-selling album or single: “Stressed Out” (single)

The band from Columbus, Ohio, has had great success in its 11-year history. In addition to their exceptional sales — including two multi-platinum albums — the duo won a Grammy in 2016 for their song “Stressed Out.” They accepted the award in their underwear.

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42. Kendrick Lamar
> Sales: 7.5 million albums, 41 million digital singles
> Grammy history: 13 wins, 37 nominations
> Best-selling album or single: “Humble.” (single)

Rapper Kendrick Lamar has had huge sales of singles such as “HUMBLE.,” “LOVE.,” and “Swimming Pools (Drank).” He’s also done exceptionally well at the Grammys, winning a total of 13 awards. His most recent win was Best Rap Performance in 2018 for “King’s Dead” from the “Black Panther” soundtrack.