Arguably the most prestigious music awards, the Grammy Awards are relatively new when it comes to awards ceremonies. Whereas the Academy Awards began in 1929 and the Emmys commenced in 1949, the first Grammys weren’t held until 1959. The creation of the Grammy Awards was inspired by the Hollywood Walk of Fame project, which brought about a renewed interest in the music and recording industry. As a result, the Recording Academy created what was then called the Gramophone Awards to honor the best composers, musicians, songwriters, and producers.
That first year, the Grammys only had 28 categories, but by 2019, 84 categories were presented. These gold-plated gramophones aren’t just given out for new music in a variety of genres, either, they’re also awarded for innovations in music, philanthropy, and education. Winners are determined by a panel of music experts and Recording Academy members who vote on entries for each award submitted by recording studios. While the process is a good one, it is, like any other, flawed. Over the years there have been some pretty major upsets and some winners who seem to have come from left field.
Stacker rounded up unforgettable moments at the Grammys by the year, using sources like the official Grammy Awards website, news sources, and pop culture sites. Memorable occurrences include jaw-dropping fashions, indelible performances, heartbreaking tributes, bizarre interruptions, and more truly remarkable memories. Keep reading on to find out when the first live telecast took place and which songstress wore a dress that literally broke the internet.
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