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Old 02-10-2006, 06:10 PM   #1
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Complete List of U2's Grammy Victories

U2 have actually won 22 Grammy's. Inexplicably, even the Grammy website doesn't list all of U2's awards.

Prior to the release of ATYCLB, U2 had won 7 Grammy's, including one Album of the Year. ATYCLB brought in 7 additional Grammy's over a 2 year period. That made it 14. "Vertigo" won all three awards for which it was nominated last year. That's 17. Then U2 won five awards this past week. That's 22 total. These include awards for video, but do not include awards for producer.

Here is the full list:

1. Album Of The Year 1987 - 30th Annual GRAMMY Awards - The Joshua Tree
2. Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal 1987 - 30th Annual GRAMMY Awards - The Joshua Tree
3. Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal 1988 - 31st Annual GRAMMY Awards - Desire
4. Best Performance Music Video 1988 - 31st Annual GRAMMY Awards - Where The Streets Have No Name
5. Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal 1992 - 35th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Achtung Baby
6. Best Alternative Music Album 1993 - 36th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Zooropa
7. Video, Long Form 1994 - 37th Annual GRAMMY Awards Zoo TV - Live From Sidney
8. Record Of The Year 2000 - 43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Beautiful Day
9. Song Of The Year 2000 - 43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Beautiful Day
10. Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal 2000 - 43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Beautiful Day
11. Record Of The Year 2001 - 44th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Walk On
12. Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal 2001 - 44th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of
13. Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal 2001 - 44th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Elevation
14. Best Rock Album 2001 - 44th Annual GRAMMY Awards - All That You Can't Leave Behind
15. Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal 2004 - 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Vertigo
16. Best Short Form Music Video 2004 - 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards – Vertigo
17. Best Rock Song 2004 – 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Vertigo
18. Album Of The Year 2005 - 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards - How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
19. Song Of The Year 2005 – 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own
20. Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal 2005 – 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own
21. Best Rock Song 2005 – 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards - City of Blinding Lights
22. Best Rock Album 2005 – 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards - How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
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it's incredible 15 grammies with only 2 album....
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Thanks for posting that!
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My fave is them getting Best Alternative Album with Zooropa. It's shocking they didn't get more for AB, though.
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it's incredible 15 grammies with only 2 album....
yeah, it's really amazing that they had only 7 grammies before the release of ATYCLB, and now they have 22... I only just realized this now.
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It's such a shame albums like UF weren't nominated for anything. Of course in this day in age there's a category for every little thing.
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Didn't win anything for Pop then.....now there's a surprise!
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So now the question is, did U2 win 15 grammys for their past 2 albums just based on the quality of the albums, or more because of their reputation.

i mean, are ATYCLB and HTDAAB so freaking good that they have won more than twice the number of awards than the rest of their work combined?

are ATYCLB and HTDAAB that much better than all their other records, or are they just getting recognition now because of their amazing back catalogue?
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Ah, now I see why some articles put them at 20 and 21 awards instead of 22 - the two video awards. Does the artist actually receive a Grammy for videos, or just the producers/directors?
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People were probably scared of AB and Pop and y'know, stuff that isn't 100% accessible to the mainstream masses. I'm not disrespecting ATYCLB or Bomb because I adore them both and think they deserve all they got, but I just have a weird suspicion that things like the Grammys seem to reward what THEY see as the music bands should be making.
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Ah, now I see why some articles put them at 20 and 21 awards instead of 22 - the two video awards. Does the artist actually receive a Grammy for videos, or just the producers/directors?
The artist receives the Grammy for the video. If it was for the producer or director then they would be listed. Steve Lillywhite won the Grammy for best producer of the year and the award went to Steve, not U2.
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That second one is supposed to read "Best Rock Performance..." - some how the "Best Rock" part got cut off (I asked a mod to correct it). Basically, it's the equivalent to "Rock Album of the Year". So just three awards for JT, one being a video. I imagine if JT was released today, it would get the amount ATYCLB and HTDAAB received.
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People were probably scared of AB and Pop and y'know, stuff that isn't 100% accessible to the mainstream masses. I'm not disrespecting ATYCLB or Bomb because I adore them both and think they deserve all they got, but I just have a weird suspicion that things like the Grammys seem to reward what THEY see as the music bands should be making.
I think the year when Pop won nothing was probably when Billy Ray Cyrus and Garth Brooks swept the board. And well deserved too!
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pop was up for best rock album, but it lost to john fogerty (which was a terrible disappointment, in my opinion)
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POP was nominated? I didn't even realize that.

One question, was there no "Rock Album" category back in '91? I'm a bit confused that Achtung & JT both won "Rock Performance by Duo or Group with Vocal" for those two albums, yet later won the same award multiple times in the future for single songs. I'd also find it hard to believe that U2 wouldn't have won the Rock Album award since AB was nominated for Album of the Year.
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I have to confess that I don't know all the categories and what comes and goes. But things are added and subtracted as needed. Essentially, JT and HTDAAB won "Best Rock Album" and "Best Album". AB won "Best Rock Album" as did ATYCLB. "Zooropa" won "Best Alternative Album". That's quite a few album awards.

Song wise, while the singles from ATYCLB and HTDAAB did very well, I'm still stunned that no song from JT or AB won any individual awards. I'm amazed that "One" didn't sweep all the categories as "Beautiful Day" did in 2001. In fact, part of me suspects that U2's recent Grammy success is based on the fact that they are continuing to produce great albums that are commercial hits (and I realize not everyone likes ATYCLB or HTDAAB, but then, I'm not a fan of JT, so it all evens out) AND because U2 didn't get enough awards in the past. I think now voters realize how great not only the current work is, but how great past work is too - so they are leaning towards U2. Add in the fact that in some years the competition was a bit light and U2 wins. That said, I'm still surprised U2 swept this year. I felt winning the Album of the Year for ATYCLB in 2002 was a sure thing and was a bit irate when it didn't happen. So winning this year is a treat.
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another thing one must realize is the voting base has changed...

in order to vote on the grammys, you must be working in the music industry with at least 6 albums or song credits (in the case of say a producer who has produced 6 tracks for 6 artists for 6 different albums)

think about the difference in the voting base of people who had 6 albums to their credit back in 1987 as opposed to those that have the same credentials in 2006...

the fact is that the current generation of grammy voters are younger and more savvy as far as the rock music is concerned. if you look at winners from before that era, you can see that voters were far more conservative (Toto won in 1982, Christopher Cross in 1980) there are some exceptions (sgt pepper and double fantasy) but those were few and far between.

plus U2 was still a relatively young band at the time. few bands achieve that level of notoriety after only 6 years recording music. (not to mention that JT was only their 5th studio album, so they couldn't even vote for themselves yet!)
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Pink Floyd's "The Wall" was nominated for album of the year, but it lost to "Christopher Cross" by Christopher Cross.
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