In the US, we may not have Eurovision, but we have something that pisses people off just as much: the Grammys. We sit and watch this three hour spectacle of a mess just to turn it off disappointed that the right acts did not win. Every year it is the same, but we come back begging for more! Last night was no different, but it got me thinking about if there was any links between the US Grammys and Eurovision. Well the simplest answer is no. Only one Eurovision song has ever received a Grammy. At the 1959 Grammy Awards, the Record of the Year went to none other than Italy’s 1958 entry: “Nel blu dipinto di blu” by Domenico Modugno.
An honorable mention does go to Mocedades “Eres Tu” (Spain 1974) which in 2013 was inducted into the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame.
Other Eurovision acts that have won or been nominated for Grammys include:
– Julio Iglesias (Spain 1970)
1988 Best Latin Pop Album winner
Olivia Newton-John (UK 1974)
1973 Best Female Country Vocal Performance winner
1974 Record of the Year winner
1974 Best Female Pop Vocal Performance winner
1982 Video of the Year winner
And 8 other nominations
Celine Dion (Switzerland 1988)
1993 Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal winner
1997 Album of the Year winner
1997 Best Pop Album winner
1999 Record of the Year winner
1999 Best Female Pop Vocal Performance winner
And 12 other nominations
Katrina and the Waves (UK 1997)
Engelbert Humperdinck (UK 2012)
Bonnie Tyler (UK 2013)
Notice a trend?