Tim White

Grammy Upsets
Grammy Upsets

Unlike the Oscars, you can never be quite sure who’s going to win at the Grammys. Billboard‘s put together a list of the 10 biggest Grammy upsets of the past 10 years:


  • 2004 – Luther Vandross’ “Dance With My Father” beats Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” and Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” for Song of the Year.
  • 2005 – Ray Charles & Various Artists’ Genius Loves Company beats Kanye West’s The College Dropout and Green Day’s American Idiot for Album of the Year.
  • 2006 – Jay Z & Linkin Park’s “Numb/Encore” beats Ciara & Missy Elliott’s “1, 2 Step” and Destiny Child, T.I. & Lil Wayne’s “Soldier” for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
  • 2008 – Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters beats Kanye West’s Graduation and Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black for Album of the Year.
  • 2010 – Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” beats Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” and Beyonce’s “Halo” for Record of the Year.
  • 2011 – Esperanza Spalding beats Justin Bieber and Drake for Best New Artist.
  • 2011 – Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs beats Eminem’s Recovery and Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now for Album of the Year.
  • 2012 – The Civil Wars’ “Barton Hollow” beats Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson’s “Don’t You Wanna Stay” and Kenny Chesney & Grace Potter’s “You and Tequila” for Best Country/Duo Group Performance.
  • 2012 – Bon Iver beats Nicki Minaj and Skrillex for Best New Artist.
  • 2013 – Adele’s live version of “Set Fire to the Rain” beats Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” for Best Pop Solo Performance.

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