10 Fun Facts About the Grammys

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10 Fun Facts About the Grammys

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It's almost time for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, and we've got the scoop on a few things you may not know (or may have forgotten!) about music's biggest night. Check out these fun Grammy facts.

1. The very first Record of the Year was awarded in 1958 to Italian singer Domenico Modugno for the song "Volare." It remains the only foreign language song to win the award to date.

2. 1971 was the first year the Grammy Awards ceremony was televised live. Legendary crooner Andy Williams was the host, and since then only nine other stars have hosted the live TV event, including Rosie O'Donnell, Ellen DeGeneres, and LL Cool J.

3. Elvis Presley won three Grammys, but none of them were for his hip shakin' rock music. Instead, the King of Rock and Roll won three times for Best Inspirational Performance for the songs "How Great Thou Art" and "He Touched Me," in 1967, 1972 and 1974.

4. 1988 marked the debut of the Hard Rock/Metal category at the Grammys, but some cried foul when the flute-playing Jethro Tull beat out hard rockers Metallica. According to Time, to tout the band's unlikely win Tull's record label later took out a Billboard ad that said: "The flute is a heavy, metal instrument."

5. 1990 Best New Artist winners Milli Vanilli became the first artists in history to have their Grammy revoked after it was discovered they didn't actually do the singing on the "Girl You Know It's True" album. The shamed pop duo -- "played" by pretty boys Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus -- lost their award, but the real losers in this mess were fellow nominees Neneh Cherry, Indigo Girls, Soul II Soul and Tone Lōc.

6. Not all artists are thrilled to win a Grammy. In his 1996 acceptance speech for Best Hard Rock performance, Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder famously dissed the award, saying, "I don't know what this means. I don't think it means anything." And in 1991, Singer Sinead O'Connor flat out refused her Grammy for Best Alternative Performance, calling out the "commercialism" of the awards ceremony.

7. At the 1998 Grammys, rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard jumped the stage to protest Wu-Tang Clan's Hip Hop Album of the Year loss to Diddy/Sean Combs. (Actually, he was called Puff Daddy back then!) The confusing part -- for Song of the Year winner Shawn Colvin, anyway -- was that ODB's rant came as she was about to give her speech, in a category that had nothing to do with him. But you've got to love a sore loser spiel that starts with: "I went out and bought me an outfit today that cost a lot of money, because I figured Wu-Tang was gonna win." Oh well, at least he got to show off his threads.

8. Justin Timberlake's 2004 Grammy invitation came with a stipulation from CBS: The pop superstar had to publicly apologize for the controversial wardrobe malfunction that occurred during his Super Bowl half-time show performance with Janet Jackson the week before. As he awkwardly accepted his Best Male Pop Vocal Grammy for the song "Cry Me a River," JT said, "I know it's best a rough week on everybody. What occurred was unintentional and completely regrettable, and I apologize if you guys were offended." Miss Jackson declined the Grammy invite.

9. In 2012, Nicki Minaj angered the Catholic League and offended many home viewers, when she staged a mock exorcism during her performance at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. The mostly-panned performance didn't result in a Minaj boycott as some called for, though. Instead, the rapper is now a weekly fixture on the "American Idol" stage.

10. R&B singer Brian McKnight holds the record for the most Grammy nominations without a win. His current tally: 16. But hey, it took Susan Lucci 19 tries to win an Emmy, so there's still hope!

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards airs live from Los Angeles on Sunday Feb. 10 at 8/7c on CBS.

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