Celebrate Black History Month with Great Music!

A patron recently asked one of our librarians which Black woman had won the most Grammy Awards. No surprise, it's Beyoncé with her 28 Grammys! But we were curious about other Grammy winners. Here's a list of some, but not all, of these wonderful artists. (Thanks to grammy.com for the info!) 

18 Grammys:
Aretha Franklin

15 Grammys:
Alicia Keys

13 Grammys:
Ella Fitzgerald

12 Grammys:
CeCe Winans

11 Grammys:
Shirley Caesar

10 Grammys:
Chaka Khan 

9 Grammys:
Mary J. Blige
Natalie Cole

8 Grammys:
Anita Baker
Lauren Hill
Tina Turner

7 Grammys:
Gladys Knight
Toni Braxton

6 Grammys:
Whitney Houston 

5 Grammys:
Dionne Warwick
Donna Summer
Janet Jackson
Lalah Hathaway
Mariah Carey

4 Grammys:
Deniece Williams
Erykah Badu
Mary Marh
Missy Elliott
Yolanda Adams

3 Grammys:
Etta James
Jill Scott
Megan Thee Stallion

2 Grammys:
Cissy Houston
Jennifer Hudson
Lena Horne
Patti LaBelle

1 Grammy:
Fantasia Barrino
Lil Kim
Queen Latifah

Have any of these lovely ladies won an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony)?

Not yet, but Jennifer Hudson is close with an Academy Award (Oscar), a Golden Globe Award, a Daytime Emmy Award, two Grammy Awards, and several other prestigious awards; she is just missing the Tony!  

One notable EGOT winner is Whoopi Goldberg, who completed the 4-award series in 2002. She has won a Tony for Best Musical (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Daytime Emmy for a documentary about Hattie McDaniel, an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Ghost, and a Grammy for Best Comedy Album: Whoopi Goldberg.

Pick an artist, pick any album, you can’t go wrong. Celebrate with music! You can instantly stream albums from many of these artists, plus tons more on hoopla. Just log in with your library card and start listening.

The Grammys will be hosted this April in Las Vegas(!), so watch and see if these numbers change.


  1. At this year's Tony Awards, Jennifer Hudson attained EGOT status when she won a Tony Award for producing.


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