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5 Artists Who Have Never Been Nominated for a Grammy: Kinks, One Direction, The Strokes & More

by Carolyn Menyes   Sep 30, 2015 16:06 PM EDT

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Ahead of the release of her new album Confident, "Cool for the Summer" singer Demi Lovato gave a lengthy interview with Complex and among a variety of other topics, she lamented that fact that she'd never been nominated for a Grammy and would finally like to, potentially with her big ballad "Stone Cold."

And, while critical acclaim and awards aren't everything, to Lovato, getting a Grammy seemed to cement an impact or a worthiness of being remembered in days to come. But, don't worry Demi. You're in good company. These five major acts haven't been nominated for a Grammy, either.

One Direction

One Direction has a wide array of awards in its cabinets, with five American Music Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, four MTV VMAs, 12 MTV EMAs, three People's Choice awards and countless Teen Choice Awards. But, the massive 1D trophy cabinet is comprised of industry success and fan votes. However, the boy band is lacking and has yet to receive a single nod for the Grammys despite its massive fandom and four No. 1 albums. And while boy bands never fare that well at the Grammys, Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block and NSYNC all god nods, so it's not the craziest idea.
Biggest Snub:
 "Story of My Life" for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Released in October 2013 from One Direction's third studio album Midnight Memories, "SOML" is largely seen as the peak of 1D's musical careers with its lush harmonies, heartfelt lyrics and slight irresistible hint of Mumford and Sons for some extra English flavor. The "Story of My Life" snub was made for the most recent Grammys in favor of rap/pop collaborations such as Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX's "Fancy" and Katy Perry and Juicy J's "Dark Horse," which is pretty tragic.

Spice Girls

1D isn't the only teen pop sensation to get the snub - '90s girl group icons Spice Girls similarly were snubbed at the Grammys for its entire existence. With four top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, Spice Girls had a meteoric worldwide rise to fame, likened only to Beatlemania and a cultural impact on the '90s that is undeniable. Despite "girl power" and massive singles such as "Wannabe" and "Say You'll be There," Spice Girls never got their due for their undeniable pop brilliance. And girl groups have had decent modern success at the Grammys - Destiny's Child received three awards and plenty of nominations.
Biggest Snub: Best New Artist. Because the Grammys run from an Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 deadline, Spice Girls would have been best eligible to win the Best New Artist gramophone at the 40th Annual Grammy Awards in 1998, which was the true peak of their fame, right on the heels of Spiceworld. However, the girls were passed up for the likes of Hanson, Paula Cole (the winner), Erykah Badu, Fiona Apple and Puff Daddy. While that was a stacked field, Spice Girls would have fit in seamlessly... And really, Paula Cole?

The Kinks

Despite helping to lead the British invasion of the '60s, legendary rock band The Kinks are yet another act ignored by the committee. Given, when The Kinks were rocking and rolling all over the place, there was no Grammy category for rock music (that didn't pop up until 1980), probably leading to the band's constant snubs. But, The Kinks have yet to even receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, the way the Grammys say, "Sorry for never giving you the recognition back in the day." Whatever it may be, the Grammys did not and continue to not feel The Kinks.
Biggest Snub: "You Really Got Me" for Record of the Year. The Kinks were a rip and roaring force in the '60s and nothing helped to break them out or break rock into the U.S. quite like "You Really Got Me." Call it the harder Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand," which did get nominated for Record of the Year at the 7th Annual Grammys in 1965. So, it's not like rock was totally out of the question for the hardened, old fashioned Grammy voters. Given, it was a big year for music, with Louis Armstrong and Barbra Streisand nominated. Classic hit "The Girl from Ipanema" ended up taking the Grammy home, but giving a nod to The Kinks couldn't have hurt.

The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground, pioneers of all things underground and punk rock, were unsurprisingly a little out of the norm for the Grammys to recognize them in their time. In the late '60s and early '70s, the likes of Frank Sinatra, Carole King, James Taylor and Simon and Garfunkel were regularly getting nominations and sweeping categories such as Record of the Year. So, it's no surprise Lou Reed and co. didn't get a nod. But, as the years go on, it's surprising that a box set, live album or reissue didn't even get a nomination, like Led Zeppelin's first-ever Grammy win in 2014. But, alas... still Grammy-less.
Biggest Snub: The Quine Tapes for Best Rock Album. While it would have been amazing for something like The Velvet Underground and Nico to get a nod at the 1968 Grammys, a sort of retroactive release from The Velvet Underground was just far, far more likely and so the band's triple bootleg release The Quine Tapes getting the snub in 2003 in favor of albums from fellow oldtimers such as Elvis Costello, Robert Plant and Bruce Springsteen stings a little harder.

The Strokes

It's not unheard of for influential rock bands not to get their due at the Grammys, and 2000s garage rock pioneers The Strokes are no different. Despite helping to revive a music scene in New York City in 2001 with the release of Is This It? and continuing to release punchy, hook-laden albums over the next decade and a half. Despite the ability to sell out massive festivals in minutes and inspiring hundreds of scrappy young dudes to pick up guitars, The Strokes have yet to get a nod.
Biggest Snub: Best New Artist. At the 44th Annual Grammys in 2002, the rock representation in Best New Artist went to Linkin Park. Just let that settle in. While Alicia Keys was the eventual winner of that category (against nominees David Gray, India.Arie and Nelly Furtado), fellow New Yorkers The Strokes were shut out. Best Alternative Album in 2002 for Is This It? would have also been an acceptable nomination, but it seemed as though the Grammys were too busy rewarding Fatboy Slim.

Additional reporting by Lindsay Haddox

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