2019 American Music Awards

Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton & More CMA Winners Who Have Surprisingly Never Won a Grammy

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Kenny Chesney receives Pinnacle Award onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tenn.

The Grammys have had at least one country category every year since they originated in 1958; they currently have four. Even so, a surprising number of top stars in country music have never won a Grammy. And when I say top stars, I'm not exaggerating.

Nearly 30 artists who have won multiple CMA Awards have never won a Grammy.

Look over this list and you'll probably come to the same conclusion I have: Even with the Grammys, we need the various country awards shows to fully cover this vital genre.

These artists are listed in order by who has amassed the most CMA Awards. I also show how many Grammy noms they have received.

Kenny Chesney. Nine CMA Awards, including four for entertainer of the year. Six Grammy noms.

Blake Shelton. Nine CMA Awards, including five for male vocalist of the year. Seven Grammy noms.

Rascal Flatts. Seven CMA Awards, including six for vocal group of the year. Four Grammy noms.

Martina McBride. Five CMA Awards, including four for female vocalist of the year. Fourteen Grammy noms.

Brothers Osborne. Four CMA Awards, including three for vocal duo of the year. Five Grammy noms.

Florida Georgia Line. Four CMA Awards, including three for vocal duo of the year. One Grammy nom.

Bill Anderson. Three CMA Awards, including two for song of the year. Four Grammy noms.

John Anderson. Three CMA Awards, including single of the year for "Swingin" (1983). Three Grammy noms.

Dierks Bentley. Three CMA Awards, including the Horizon Award (2005). Fourteen Grammy noms.

Eric Church. Three CMA Awards, including two for album of the year. Seven Grammy noms.

Toby Keith. Three CMA Awards, including two for music video of the year. Seven Grammy noms.

Jason Aldean. Two CMA Awards, including album of the year for My Kinda Party (2011). Four Grammy noms.

Luke Bryan. Two CMA Awards, both for entertainer of the year. No Grammy noms.

Jamey Johnson. Two CMA Awards, both for song of the year. Ten Grammy noms.

John Michael Montgomery. Two CMA Awards, including single of the year for "I Swear" (1994). Three Grammy noms.

Lorrie Morgan. Two CMA Awards, including vocal event of the year for "Til a Tear Becomes a Rose," a collab with Keith Whitley (1990). Three Grammy noms.

Thomas Rhett. Two CMA Awards, including single of the year for "Die a Happy Man" (2017). Two Grammy noms.

Tanya Tucker. Two CMA Awards, including female vocalist of the year (1991). Ten Grammy noms.

Ricky Van Shelton. Two CMA Awards, including male vocalist of the year (1989). One Grammy nom.

Keith Whitley. Two CMA Awards, including single of the year for "I'm No Stranger to the Rain" (1989). Three Grammy nom.

Don Williams. Two CMA Awards, including album of the year for I Believe in You (1981). Three Grammy noms.

Other multiple CMA Awards winners who have not won Grammys include Suzy Bogguss, Mark Chesnutt, Janie Fricke, David Frizzell & Shelly West, Jack Greene, Freddie Hart, Highway 101 and Dan Seals.

In addition to the aforementioned artists, numerous behind-the-scenes pros have won multiple CMAs without yet landing a Grammy. They include producers Scott Hendricks, Allen Reynolds, James Stroud and Garth Fundis; songwriters Max D. Barnes, Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman; and musicians Mac McAnally and Dann Huff.


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