10 Artists Who Really Need to Give Their Grammy Back

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Most musicians can only dream of the day they'll be nominated for a Grammy Award, let alone win one. Having a chart-topping single and a multi-platinum album definitely helps a musician's chances of being selected by the Grammy's panel of recording industry experts, but sometimes that isn't even necessary. Some artists will spend years working on an album that never even gets noticed, while others can put out a poor excuse for an album and get an automatic Grammy nod. With the 54th Annual Grammy Awards right around the corner, it's a good time to reflect on the not-so-worthy Grammy winners who we would really like to see give their awards back.

  1. Steely Dan

    Three decades after their prime, the jazz-rock group, Steely Dan, won its first Grammy award in 2000 for Album of the Year. Big names like Eminem and Radiohead were favored to win, but Steely Dan walked away with three awards, including Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for, "Cousin Dupree," a controversial song about a man's incestuous desire for his cousin. Just for that, they should give back their Grammy.
  2. Lil Wayne

    There's no doubt that Lil Wayne is a very successful and talented rapper, but there are certain songs that just don't belong on the Grammys and his are no exception. Lil Wayne's oversexed single, "Lollipop," won the 2008 Grammy for Best Rap Song. Months later, the artist was convicted of criminal weapons charges. Maybe Lil Wayne should return his Grammy and take a break from stardom altogether.
  3. Bon Jovi

    Hard rock band Bon Jovi has been churning out hits since the early '80s, but it wasn't until they collaborated with country singer Jennifer Nettles on the hit song "Who Says You Can't Go Home" before they won a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. No self-respecting rock band should ever abandon their roots and turn to pop country. Bon Jovi should hope that we all forgive them for this awful song.
  4. Lady Antebellum

    Country group Lady Antebellum was the big winner at last year's Grammy Awards. Lady Antebellum's love song about drunk dialing won Record of the Year, Best Country Album, and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Even if you secretly like "Need You Now," and it has brought tears to your eyes once or twice, you might still agree that it's not worthy of a Grammy Award, let alone three!
  5. Kanye West

    Any time Kanye West opens his mouth, he seems to win an award. Hip hop's golden boy has been nominated for a whopping 44 Grammys during his relatively short career and won 14 of them. And knowing Kanye he's probably got something to say about the other 30 he didn't win. We know that Kanye isn't used to not being in the spotlight at all times, as seen in the Taylor Swift interruption incident, but we think it's time for another artist to shine.
  6. Mariah Carey

    It seems like every time diva Mariah Carey hits a high note, she gets a Grammy nomination. Although Carey has had a whopping total of 34 Grammy nominations throughout her career, she has only won eight times. It might do the singer's ego some good to return all of her Grammy Awards, but if we had to choose just one, she should give back the 2005 award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "We Belong Together." Forget about her five-octave vocal range, that song just sucks.
  7. Tim McGraw

    Musician-turned-actor Time McGraw has had his fair share of hits and honors. Country star Taylor Swift even named one of her songs after him! McGraw won Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song for his 2004 hit, "Live Like You Were Dying." This old man anthem might have won over the Grammy's panel of industry experts, but we think it's time for McGraw to move on.
  8. Outkast

    Outkast is arguably one of the best hip hop groups of all time, but the duo definitely lost some street cred when they released the pop/hip hop single, "Hey Ya!" In 2004, André 3000 and Big Boi took home the Grammy for Best Urban Alternative Performance. As catchy as "Hey Ya!" is, it has become one of the most overplayed songs in music history. If Outkast gave back their Grammy, we wouldn't have to see people "shake it like a Polaroid picture" anymore.
  9. Britney Spears

    Britney Spears might have multi-platinum albums and know how to put on one hell of a performance, but the notorious lip-syncher hasn't gotten much love at the Grammy Awards. Out of the eight nominations she's received from 2000-2010, Ms. Spears has only won one award for Best Dance Recording for her hit song, "Toxic." Let's face it, Spears doesn't hold a candle to most of the artists nominated at the Grammys, in terms of genuine talent and vocal abilities.
  10. The Dixie Chicks

    Country music sweethearts, The Dixie Chicks, have been winning awards since their first big hit "Wide Open Spaces," but their golden year was 2006, when they swept the 49th Annual Grammy Awards and took home Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year for their album. We get it. The Dixie Chicks are "not ready to make nice," but it's also not nice to steal Grammys away from everyone else.
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  1. Steve says:
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    Wow, Ok, let’s start with the first one first.
    Your’e almost right. Steely Dan should’ve won a Grammy years ago…in the ’70s as a matter of fact, but they only got a nomination.
    Corrections were made later….MUCH later…
    NEXT… Lil’ Wayne….I’m not even going there.
    NEXT….Bon Jovi?! Really?! Ok, so maybe he can be accused of being a, “Sugar Pop Rock” star, but it was the ’80’s! They could’ve done worse. (and did)
    NEXT….(I’m gonna bundle some of these together…)LADY ANTEBELLUM, KANYE WEST, (does ANYBODY like him? I mean, REALLY like him? I don’ think so…) MARIAH CAREY, TIM MCGRAW, (he is a hard working artist anyway)
    OUTKAST, (one word, “Who?”) , BRITNEY SPEARS, (you’ve got to admit, there have been MUCH worse, remeber Milli Vanilli? At least Britney didn’t have to give hers back.) THE DIXIE CHICKS (again, they didn’t have to give thiers back)

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