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Top 10 Biggest Music Awards In The World

Biggest Music Awards In the world include Grammy, Billboard, Bet, Country Music Awards (CMA) and much more.
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Music Awards are presented to music creators and artists to celebrate their contributions to the industry. Awards are given for different categories.

These kinds of awards are not just prestigious but also put up a spectacular show during the ceremony which is watched by hundreds of millions of people from all around the world.

Some types of music awards are dedicated to specific types of music, say CMA Awards is dedicated to Country Music, and others have a large number of categories covering different types of music, for instance, The Grammy Awards.

The awards are presented to recognize the contribution of artists, musicians, songwriters, composers, and other creators for their contribution to the industry. While some award shows are created by the music industry, some are academic as well that recognize the contribution to overall music in different aspects.

As a year-round event, there are multiple award shows ranging from local to international.

We have listed some of the biggest music awards shows in terms of their prestige and popularity.

Biggest Music Awards In The World

Name of AwardsFirst Awarded
1. Grammy AwardsMay 4, 1959
2. American Music Awards (AMAs)February 19, 1974
3. Brit AwardsOctober 18, 1977
4. Billboard Music Awards1990
5. MTV Video Music Awards (MTV VMA)September 14, 1984
6. World Music AwardsApril 14, 1989
7. BET AwardsJune 19, 2001
8. Country Music Association Awards (CMA)1967
9. JUNO AwardsFebruary 23, 1970
10. NME AwardsApril 24, 1953

1. Grammy Awards

Grammy Award is arguably the most prestigious and famous Music Award in the world. The award is presented by the Recording Academy every year.

Grammy is awarded for Outstanding achievements in the music industry. It was first presented on May 4, 1959, as Gramophone Award, but the name was later changed to Grammy Awards the same year during the second event.

Although the Grammy Awards were aired on NBC since the second edition of the show, the first ceremony to be live telecasted was the 13th Grammy Awards.

The iconic Gramophone trophy of Grammy Awards.
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Categories of Grammy Awards

The award is presented in numerous categories, and some special categories are included during some ceremonies. Here is a selected list of notable categories presented every year.

  • Album of the Year
  • Record of the Year
  • Song of the Year
  • Best New Artist
  • Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
  • Producer of the Year, Classical
  • Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical
  • Best Country Solo Performance
  • Best Alternative Jazz Album
  • Best Latin Pop Album
  • Best R&B Performance
  • Best Rock Performance

Most Grammy Won By An Artist

The table below shows the top 10 artists to win the most awards at the Grammys.

Name of the ArtistNumber of Grammy Awards
1. Beyoncé32
2. Georg Solti31
3. Quincy Jones28
4. Alison Krauss27
5. Chick Corea27
6. Pierre Boulez26
7. Vladimir Horowitz25
8. Stevie Wonder25
9. John Williams25
10. Jay-Z24

2. American Music Awards

American Music Awards (AMAs) is an annual award created for the American Broadcasting Company by Richard Wagstaff Clark.

The first American Music Awards (AMAs) was held on February 19, 1974, on ABC, after the network's rights to telecast Grammys expired. The award show has been held annually since 1974.

AMAs have been hosted from numerous venues including Earl Carroll Theatre, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, ABC Studios, Shrine Auditorium, and Peacock Theater. The winner of a category or award is determined by public vote through AMA's website, the nomination is made based on various factors including commercial success.

Singer Rihanna carrying her 2022 American Music Awards Trophy.
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Major Categories

AMAs have numerous categories and awards annually, some of the major selected categories are listed below.

  • Artist of the Year
  • New Artist of the Year
  • Favorite Music Video
  • Favorite Pop Album
  • Favorite R&B Album
  • Favorite K-Pop Artist
  • Favorite Rock Artist
  • Favorite Country Song

Most AMAs Won By An Artist

The list below shows the number of times an artist has won AMAs awards in their music career.

  1. Taylor Swift - 40 Awards
  2. Michael Jackson - 26 Awards
  3. Whitey Houston - 22 Awards
  4. Kenny Rogers - 19 Awards
  5. Alabama (Band) - 18 Awards
  6. Justin Bieber - 18 Awards
  7. Carrie Underwood - 17 Awards
  8. Garth Brooks - 17 Awards
  9. Reba McEntire - 14 Awards
  10. Rihanna - 13 Awards

3. Brit Awards

Brit Awards is a British music Award presented annually by British Phonographic Industry. Brit stands for British Record Industry Trusts Show.

The award was first presented on October 18, 1977, and has been presented annually since 1982. The first ceremony was held to celebrate Queen's Silver Jubilee but the ceremony is being held in February since the second show on February 4, 1982.

The award ceremony has had several homes since the beginning, some of the notable venues that have hosted Brit Awards include The O2 Arena, Earls Court, Earls Court Two, London Arena, Hammersmith Odeon, and Alexandra Palace, among others.

Singer Dua Lipa holds her BRIT Awards trophy in one hand while standing to life-size replica of the trophy.
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Major Categories

Brit Awards is presented for numerous categories just like our previous awards. Here is a selected list of categories.

  • British Album of the Year
  • British Artist of the Year
  • British Single of the Year
  • British Producer of the Year
  • British Group
  • Best New Artist
  • International Solo Artist
  • International Group
  • International Song

Most Wins

The list below shows the number of wins by an artist or a group in different categories of Brit Awards in their career.

  1. Robbie Williams - 13 Awards
  2. Adele - 12 Awards
  3. Coldplay (Band) - 9 Awards
  4. Take That (Band) - 8 Awards
  5. Arctic Monkeys (Band) - 7 Awards
  6. Annie Lennox - 7 Awards
  7. One Direction (Band) - 7 Awards
  8. Ed Sheeran - 7 Awards
  9. U2 (Band) - 7 Awards
  10. Michael Jackson - 6 Awards

4. Billboard Music Awards

Billboard Music Awards is an annual music award presented by Billboard for Outstanding chart performance. The award is being presented annually since 1990.

Unlike other award ceremonies and shows, Billboard Music Awards determines the winner by keeping track of their yearly chart performances in terms of sales, streams, and airplay. Billboard does not rely on the nomination by a committee or fans.

The ceremony is broadcasted live by three networks so far, FOX was the first to broadcast the ceremony from 1990 to 2006, ABC broadcasted the ceremony from 2011 to 2017, and current broadcaster NBC telecasting the ceremony since 2018.

BIllboard Music Awards iconic golden mic trophy sits on the red-carpet.
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Major Categories

The major award categories for Billboard Music Awards are listed below;

  • Top Artist
  • Top New Artist
  • Top Duo/Group
  • Top Billboard 200 Artist
  • Top Billboard 200 Album
  • Top Hot 100 Artist
  • Top Hot 100 Song
  • Top Selling Album
  • Top Selling Song
  • Top Radio Song
  • Top Streaming Artist

Most Wins

The list below shows the most number of wins at Billboard Music Awards by an artist or a group.

  1. Drake - 34 Awards
  2. Taylor Swift - 29 Awards
  3. Justin Bieber - 26 Awards
  4. The Weeknd (Band) - 20 Awards
  5. Garth Brooks - 19 Awards
  6. Adele - 18 Awards
  7. Usher - 18 Awards
  8. Eminem - 17 Awards
  9. Kanye West - 17 Awards
  10. Whitney Houston - 16 Awards

5. MTV Video Music Awards

MTV Video Music Awards is presented by MTV for Music videos every year. The first award was presented on September 14, 1984.

Unlike other traditional award ceremonies, MTV VMA Awards only covers music videos and presents awards for the music video rather than overall songs and music. The award show was initially conceived as an alternative to the Grammy Awards for the video category.

MTV VMA gained popularity among teenagers and young adults over the years and was also dubbed "Super Bowl for Youth" at times. The ceremony has been held primarily in New York City and Los Angeles with some events being held at Las Vegas and Miami as well.

The iconic astronaut on moon trophy of MTV VMA Awards
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Major Categories

Here is a selected list of major award categories at the MTV VMA Awards

  • Video of the Year
  • Artist of the Year
  • Song of the Year
  • Best New Artist
  • Push Performance of the Year
  • Best Group
  • Best Collaboration
  • Video for Good
  • Best Direction

Most Wins At MTV VMA Awards

The table below shows an artist or a group with the most number of awards received at MTV VMA Awards.

Name of the ArtistNumber of Awards
1. Beyoncé25
2. Madonna20
3. Lady Gaga18
4. Taylor Swift14
5. Peter Gabriel13
6. Eminem13
7. R.E.M (Band)12
8. Justin Timberlake11
9. Green Day (Band)11
10. Aerosmith (Band)10

6. World Music Awards

World Music Awards is presented under the patronage of Albert II, Prince of Monaco, and John Martinotti. It is presented to artists from around the world.

The award was first presented on April 14, 1989, and was last awarded on May 27, 2014. Although the award has not been officially discontinued, it is not presented for nearly a decade now.

Unlike other award ceremonies, the revenue gathered hosting the show goes towards charity and the World Music Awards has built numerous hospitals, schools, and orphanages around the world.

Michael Jackson carrying five World Music Awards trophies.
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Categories Of World Music Awards

The World Music Awards is presented in three major categories, The World Music Awards, The Legend Award, and The Diamond Award.

The World Music Awards is presented in different sub-categories to artists from around the world including the World's Best Male Artist, the World's Best Female Artist, Best Group, Best Entertainer of the Year, Best Song, and Best Album among others.

The Legend Award is presented to individuals or groups for their outstanding contributions to the music industry. Some recipients include Beyoncé, Carlos Santana, Celine Dion, Chaka Khan, Cher, and Chris de Burgh, among others.

The Diamond Award is presented to artists who have over 100 million album sales in their career. Only recipients include Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, and The Beatles.

7. BET Awards

BET Awards is presented by Black Entertainment Television. It is being presented annually since its inception in 2001.

The award was established to celebrate and encourage African-American artists and other minority entertainers. Unlike other ceremonies in this list, BET is presented in a wide range of industries with Music being the primary focus.

BET award is presented for Films, Sports, and other Miscellaneous achievements as well. The award ceremony is held annually and broadcast live on BET Network. Numerous artists perform during the ceremony.

Singer Jazmine Sullivan accepting her BET Award Trophy on stage.
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Major Music Categories

The following list includes selected categories for Music.

  • Album of the Year
  • Video of the Year
  • Best Collaboration
  • Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
  • Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
  • BET Her Award
  • Best New Artist
  • Artist of the Year

Most Wins

The top five winners of BET Awards of all time are listed below.

  1. Beyoncé - 35 Awards
  2. Chris Brown - 19 Awards
  3. Drake - 15 Awards
  4. Nicki Minaj - 12 Awards
  5. Lil Wayne - 11 Awards

8. Country Music Association Awards (CMA)

Country Music Association Awards (CMA) is awarded for Achievements in country music. The CMA award is presented annually since 1967.

The first CMA Awards was held in 1967 at  Nashville Municipal Auditorium. The major award of the ceremony, Entertainer of the Year, went to Eddy Arnold that year. The following year, the show was recorded by NBC and broadcast a few weeks later.

CMA Awards has been hosted in numerous venues including Grand Ole Opry, Madison Square Garden, and Bridgestone Arena, among others. The songs or albums released between July 1 of the previous year and June 30th of the award year are eligible for voting by thousands of members of the Country Music Association.

Singer Carly Pearce wears a big smile while holding her CMA Trophy during 2020 Award Ceremony.
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Major Categories

The following list shows selected major categories of CMA Awards.

  • Entertainer of the Year
  • Male Vocalist of the Year
  • Female Vocalist of the Year
  • Vocal Group of the Year
  • Vocal Duo of the Year
  • New Artist of the Year
  • Album of the Year
  • Song of the Year

Most Wins

The table below shows the most wins from an artist or a group.

Name of the ArtistNumber of Awards
1. Brooks & Dunn (Duo)18
2. Vince Gill18
3. George Strait17
4. Alan Jackson16
5. Garth Brooks14

9. JUNO Awards

JUNO Awards is one of the major award ceremonies in Canada. JUNO awards are presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

The first JUNO Award was presented on February 23, 1970, and has since been presented annually in recognition of Outstanding achievements in the music industry. JUNO Awards is named after Pierre Juneau, the first president of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

JUNO Awards have been hosted in numerous venues on both coasts of Canada and in between as well. However, the ceremonies were not hosted outside of Toronto until 1991. Some renowned venues include O'Keefe Centre, Canadian National Exhibition, Harbour Castle Hilton, and Queen Elizabeth Theatre, among others.

A beautiful golden colored trophy of Juno Awards.
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Major Categories At JUNO Awards

The list below shows selected major categories awarded at JUNO Awards annually.

  • Artist of the Year
  • Album of the Year
  • Single of the Year
  • Breakthrough Artist of the Year
  • Breakthrough Group of the Year
  • Rock Album of the Year
  • Songwriter of the Year
  • Producer of the Year

Most Wins

The List below shows the most Awards at JUNO by an individual artist or a group.

  1. Anne Murray - 9 Awards
  2. Bryan Adams - 7 Awards
  3. Celine Dion - 6 Awards
  4. Gordon Lightfoot - 4 Awards
  5. The Weeknd - 4 Awards

10. NME Awards

NME Awards is a British music award presented annually by New Musical Express Magazine. The ceremony is presented in a comical manner with genuine awards.

The British music award ceremony is being held since April 24, 1953. The award ceremony was briefly renamed as NME Brat Awards as the parody of the Brits Awards. Due to the light-hearted nature of the ceremony, award categories like "Villain of the Year" and "Worst Record" were also included sometimes.

Not just the NME Awards ceremony is comical, but also the trophy presented to the winning artist or group, the trophy is an extended-middle finger.

Taylor Swift arrives at NME Awards 2020.
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Major Categories

The following are the selected Major Categories at NME Awards.

  • Best British Band
  • Best Band in the World
  • Best British Song
  • Best Song in the World
  • Best British Album
  • Best Album in the World
  • Best Live Act
  • Best Collaboration

Top Winners

The table below shows the most NME Award Wins by an artist or a group.

Name of the ArtistNumber of Awards
1. Elvis Presley26 Awards
2. John Peel26 Awards
3. Cliff Richard21 Awards
4. Paul Weller20 Awards
5. Arctic Monkeys (Band)20 Awards
6. Muse (Band)19 Awards
7. Morrissey18 Awards
8. Oasis (Band)17 Awards
9. The Beatles (Band)17 Awards
10. The Jam (Band)13 Awards