Joan Rivers & 5 More Posthumous Grammy Award Nominees

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Joan Rivers photographed in 2005. 

At the 57th annual Grammy Awards, late comedy legend Joan Rivers will be up for just her second Grammy ever, following her 1984 Best Comedy Album nomination for What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most? This time, she'll compete for Best Spoken Word Album with her Diary of a Mad Diva.

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This is hardly the first time the Recording Academy has given out a posthumous nomination. Take a look below at five other artists honored after their deaths:

Ray Charles
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Charles has 17 Grammy Awards to his name, including the five he won in 2005 after his death, giving him the record for most posthumous awards won in a single night.

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George Carlin
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The comedian won for Best Comedy Recording five times, including his posthumous win for It's Bad for Ya in 2009.

Amy Winehouse
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In addition to the five Grammys she picked up for her breakthrough album Back to Black in 2008, Winehouse won for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance along with Tony Bennett for their "Body and Soul" duet in 2012, the year after her death at age 27.

Elvis Presley
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Out of 14 nominations, the King won only three Grammys during his lifetime. In 2012, he fell short again, when a compilation of his work -- Young Man With the Big Beat: The Complete '56 Elvis Presley Masters -- lost out to a Paul McCartney archival collection for Best Historical Album.

Notorious B.I.G.


After he was killed in 1997, Biggie racked up three Grammy nominations for the next year's ceremony -- Best Rap Solo Performance ("Hypnotize"), Best Rap Performance ("Mo Money Mo Problems" with Mase and Puff Daddy) and Best Rap Album (Life After Death) -- but he never earned a single prize.


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