10 actors you didn’t know were nominated for a Grammy

Three months later from its traditionally scheduled date, the 2022 Grammy Awards celebrated music industry achievements on April 3, 2022. Olivia Rodrigue won Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album for his album Acid, while his powerful and dynamic ballad, “Driver’s License”, won the award for best pop solo performance. Singer Jon Batiste won five Grammys while winning album of the year for his album We are.

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In 2022, Bridgerton’s Unofficial Musical won Best Musical Theater Album, but what was surprising about it was that the Unofficial Bridgerton Musical was created by Tik Tok users. Since the first Grammys in 1959, there have been a few other surprises over the years, including nominees and winners who aren’t usually known for their musical abilities.

Seth McFarlane

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Viewers might recognize Seth McFarlanethe voice of as the voice behind the iconic character, Peter Griffin, of family guy (1999-). He is the creator of the hit television series which included episodes that proved family guy can share positive moments. Apart from family guyMacFarlane also played Captain Ed Mercer in The Orville (2017-).

Although McFarlene has yet to win a Grammys, he was nominated five times. In 2006, he earned a Best Comedy Album nomination with Walter Murphy for the album Family Guy: Living in Vegas. In 2018, MacFarlane’s album Booming was nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.


Tyrese Gibson

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Tyrese Gibson was a member of the Fast and Furious family since his character Roman Pearce appeared on screen alongside the late actor Paul Walker in 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003). Throughout the Fast and Furious franchise, his character became a fan favorite and often questioned the risks with every decision.

Although Gibson has yet to win a Grammy, he has been nominated a total of six times for the prestigious award. In 2000, his rendition of the song “Sweet Lady” received a nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. For the song “Shame,” Gibson received a nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance in 2016, while also sharing a nomination with Warry Campbell and DJ Rogers Jr. for Best R&B Song.

Will Smith

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In 2022, Will Smith won his first Oscar for his leading role in the film King Richard (2021). Prior to his role in the biopic, he starred in the television series, The prince of Bel-Air (1990-1996), in the men in black franchise and voiced Genie in the live-action film Aladdin (2019).

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Smith received a total of eight Grammy nominations and four wins to date. In 1988, he shared a nomination with DJ Jazzy Jeff in the Best Rap Performance category for their song “Parents Just Don’t Understand”. In 2001, he received a nomination with Robert Caruso for the music video “Will Smith: Will 2K” in the Best Short Form Music Video category.

Meryl Streep

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From romance movies to comedies and musicals, Meryl Streep can almost be seen in all genres of movies. His collection of works included roles that required him to sing, as in Mama Mia! (2008), where she sang ABBA hit songs, or in the 2014 film In the woods where several characters from classic fairy tales have been cursed by a witch.

Streep’s nominations and wins for other awards outnumber her Grammy nominations. She has a total of six Grammy nominations to date. In 1986, Streep’s first nomination was shared with george winston for their work on the children’s recording, The Velvet Rabbit.

Jack Nicolson

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In 1980, Jack Nicolson portrays Jack Torrence, the sinister protagonist of the brilliant. So far he has won three Oscars for his work on As good as it gets (1997), Terms of endearment (1983), and Flight over a cuckoo’s nest (1975). In addition to his Oscars, he has won seven Golden Globes.

The characters he plays may scare those who come across him, but ironically Nicolson won a Grammy for his work aimed at children. Nicolson won a Grammy for Best Recording for Children in 1988 with Bobby McFerrin for their recording of The Elephant’s Child.

Ben Kingley

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by Ben Kingsley the most recent role was in the 2021 film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings like Trevor Slattery. The character made his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in iron man 3 (2013), as a member of a terrorist organization. Outside of Marvel movies, he played Pastor Byron Brown in the neo-noir TV series Perpetual Grace, LTD (2019).

Kingsley is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi in the biopic Gandhi (1982). Yet it was the album Gandhi’s words released, who won Kinglsey won the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album in 1985. A few years later, his album Schindler’s listreceived a nomination for Best Spoken or Non-Musical Album in 1995.

Kate Winslet

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by Kate Winslet the last role was that of Mare Sheehan, a detective from Pennsylvania, in the limited series Easttown Mare (2021), determined to find the person responsible for the death of a young girl. Winslet won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series for her role as Mare.

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Among the Oscars, Primetime Emmy Awards and BAFTA Awards, Winslet also won a Grammy. In 2000, Winslet with Graham Green and Wynton Marsalis received the award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for their album, Listen to the storyteller.

Lily Tomlin

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In television comedy Grace and Frankie, Lily Tomlin played the role of Frankie, and her husband fell in love with Grace’s (Jane Fonda) husband. Together, these two have embraced a wide range of changes and adventures, but the adventures of Grace and Frankie expected to end after season 7. Besides the TV series, she also voiced Ms. Valerie Frizzle in the animated TV series The Magic School Bus (1994-1997).

So far, Tomlin has been nominated a total of five times for a Grammy. She won a Grammy in 1972 for the album This is a recording in the Best Comedy Recording category. In 2005, Tomlin earned a nomination for the album The World According to Mr. Rogers (Fred Rogers) in the Best Spoken Word Album category.

Liza Minnell

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In 1972, Liza Minnell starred in the musical Cabaret as Sally Bowles, an aspiring artist in the 1930s. Minnelli starred in several films, including the film arthur (nineteen eighty one). She also played Lucille Austero in a few episodes of the TV series Development stopped (2003-2019).

In addition to being nominated for two GrammysMinnelli got a Grammy statuette in 1991 titled Legend Award. The Legend Award is the highest honor bestowed by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences that recognizes those who recognize artists who continually produce work in the field of recording.

Betty White

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The late actress Betty White had an acting career of at least 70 years. During these 70 years, she has acted in many television shows and films. White’s most notable role was playing Rose Nylund on The golden girls (1985-1992).

During her career, she portrayed characters described as cheerful and optimistic. She has won multiple Primetime Emmys and Screen Actor Guild Awards. In 2012, White won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for the Album If you ask me (and of course you won’t).

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