The Grammy Awards were announced and big names dominate the proceedings like Kendrik Lamar and Taylor Swift. However many Eurovision singers have over the years been nominated and won one of the coveted Golden Gramophones! So who?
“Nel blu dipinto di blu”, popularly known as “Volare” (flying), is a song recorded by Italian singer-songwriter Domenico Modugno. Written by Franco Migliacci and Domenico Modugno and came 3rd at Eurovision 1958 for Italy.
The song has gone on to sell over 22 million copies due to countless cover versions. It rose to #1 in the American charts and spent 5 weeks at the top spot. It has the honor of being the first winner of the Grammy Awards for both Song and Record of the Year as the awards show began in 1958. So Eurovision kick started the Grammy Awards!
Sticking with Italy we have to mention that this year’s contestants Il Volo were nominated for 2 Latin Grammy Awards back in 2011 for ‘Best New Artist’ and ‘Best Pop Album by a Duo or Band’
Julio Iglesias represented Spain at Eurovision in 1970 with the song “Gwendolyne.” He placed 4th in the contest. However a move to America saw his already successful career sky-rocket. This culminated in him winning the Grammy for Best Latin Album in 1988 for the LP Un Hombre Solo (A Man Alone). He has sold in excess of 200 million records and is one of Eurovision’s best exports!
Olivia Newton-John represented the United Kingdom at Eurovision on home soil in 1974 with the song ‘Long Live Love’. However being beaten by Abba is nothing to be ashamed of. She went on to become a music and acting icon and is another Multi Grammy Award Winning and Nominated singer.
With 4 wins and a further 8 Grammy Award Nominations, she is one of Eurovision’s greatest Grammy success stories
1973 – Best Female Country Vocal Performance: “Let Me Be There”
1974 – Record of the Year: “I Honestly Love You”
1974 – Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: “I Honestly Love You”
1982 – Video of the Year: “Olivia Physical”
1975 – Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: “Have You Never Been Mellow”
1978 – Album of the Year: Grease
1978 – Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: “Hopelessly Devoted to You”
1980 – Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: “Magic”
1981 – Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: “Physical”
1982 – Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: “Heart Attack”
1983 – Best Long Form Music Video: Olivia in Concert
1984 – Best Short Form Music Video: “Twist of Fate”
Staying with the UK – Bonnie Tyler represented the country at Eurovision 2013. However in the 1980’s she was a global powerhouse. She garnered 3 Grammy Awards in her career to date and not for the songs that you might expect!
Another Aussie who sang for the UK and who grabbed a Grammy Nomination was Gina G who performed the song “Ooh Aah… Just a Little Bit” . The song was a huge success on both sides of the Atlantic and earned Gina a nomination at the 1997 Grammy Awards for ‘Best Dance Recording’. One of those songs that really should have scored higher at Eurovision even despite some shaky notes and dreadful backing dancers – but we still love it!
So what of Abba? They are the second biggest selling band ever in the world and of course they won Eurovision with ‘Waterloo’ – voted the best Eurovision Song of all time. However did they ever win a Grammy? No they didn’t win a Grammy Award and even more surprising is that they never even received a nomination! What were the Academy thinking of?
So who has won Eurovision and has taken home a collection of Grammy Nominations and WINS? Well it is a Canadian singer who won the contest in 1988 in Dublin by a dramatic one point. She represented Switzerland and her name is Celine Dion.
‘Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi’ introduced Europe to Dion and the rest as they say is history. She has received 17 Grammy Nominations and has won 5, including the coveted Album and Record of the Year Awards.
No doubting that she has a huge record of scoring at Eurovision and at the Grammy’s but what is worth noting is that it took Dion 5 years from winning Eurovision until she got to the Grammy accolades – so hurry up Lena! Your time is almost up!
So as you can see – Eurovision and The Grammy’s go hand in hand. There are plenty of other Eurovision stars that have scored well at both. Can you name any others?
Author/Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall
Source : Eurovision Ireland