[ gram-ee ]


, plural Gram·mys, Gram·mies.
  1. one of a group of statuettes awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievement in various categories in the recording industry.


/ ˈɡræmɪ /


  1. (in the US) one of the gold-plated discs awarded annually for outstanding achievement in the record industry

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Word History and Origins

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Grammy1

C20: from gram ( ophone ) + my as in Emmy

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Example Sentences

We have an artist who is nominated for a Grammy this year, her name is Tiana Major9.

From Time

The New York-based duo and Deidra “DJ Spinderella” Roper were one of the first female rap groups to win a Grammy.

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver is a two-time Grammy winner and the Peter Gabriel of his time.

Since the ’70s, the lead singer and Grammy award-winning band have given the world such hits as “Reasons,” “September,” and “Head to the Sky,” to name a few.

Andre Anjos, known to his fans as RAC, won a Grammy for his 2017 remix of the song “Tearing Me Up,” but this success has not made it easy for the Portland musician to make a living.

From Fortune

He also earned a Grammy and platinum record for “Up Where We Belong.”

More, Queen B officially became the most Grammy-nominated woman of all time.

But there were moments of expected genius on it worthy of Grammy consideration.

Beyoncé and Sam Smith lead the 2015 Grammy nominations, but Meghan Trainor and Miley Cyrus are the biggest surprises.

Now a multi-platinum artist with two Grammy nominations, his concerts draw thousands from all across the globe.

“Yes, and her grammy said—” Little Milly got as far as this and then stopped.


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More About Grammy

What are the Grammys?

The Grammys is another name for the Grammy Awards, an award ceremony to honor excellence in the music and recording industry.

The statuette awarded to winners is called a Grammy. The plural form Grammys is usually used.

The Grammy Awards are held by the Recording Academy (formally known as the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences), whose members include musical artists, producers, songwriters, and engineers.

The Grammy Awards honor winners in many different genres and categories, including pop, dance and electronic, R&B, rap, rock, alternative, country, jazz, gospel, instrumental, Latin, classical, spoken word, comedy, and musical theater, among others. Prominent awards include Album of the Year, Record of the Year (for best recorded track), Song of the Year (for best single song composition), and Best New Artist.

Winning a Grammy is often considered the music industry’s top honor. The Grammys ceremony often features musical performances by some of the nominated artists and others.

When are the Grammys?

The Grammy Awards are usually held early in the year, most commonly in February.

The 2024 Grammys will be held on February 4.

Why are they called the Grammys?

The Grammys get their name from the gramophone—otherwise known as a phonograph or record player. Fittingly, the Grammy statuette is in the shape of a gramophone. The ending of the word is thought to be modeled on the nicknames for other awards, such as the Emmys, and the award show itself is often thought of as the recording industry’s version of ceremonies like the Emmy Awards and the Academy Awards.

The first Grammy Awards ceremony was held in 1959, the year that the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences was founded by the heads of major record labels.

What are some terms that often get used in discussing the Grammys?

How are the Grammys discussed in real life?

The term Grammys is well-known as the name of the ceremony and the awards presented there. Winning a Grammy is often considered the music industry’s top honor.

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True or False?

Grammys are only awarded for musical recordings.




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