The 3 songs and 2 albums The Beatles won Grammy Awards for

Despite their immense popularity, the band surprisingly didn't win as many Grammy Awards as we thought.
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Beatlemania was truly a phenomenon, and it truly was something to witness. There's so many talented artists that get attention, but I don't think there's been anything like The Beatles during the 1960s and '70s. And I mean while the fanbase went a bit over the top, I really can't say I blame them!

The musical group consisting of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr had so many great hits! They've received many accolades over the years. And one of those awards shows is the Grammys! The group is nominated in the Best Music Video category for "I'm Only Sleeping." A video was created for the song in 2023. So with the 2024 Grammys airing tonight, we're thinking about which songs and albums The Beatles previously won Grammy Awards for. We've got the details for you below!

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The Beatles' wins at the Grammys

If you actually go back and look at the history of The Beatles' wins at the Grammys, which we're doing right now, I was suprrised to learn that the group didn't win as many awards as I thought they might have. And some of their wins weren't from some of their more popular tunes today. They've certainly been nominated and recognized for many songs and albums though (which we'll get to below). But in terms of winning, it comes down to a total of three songs and two albums. We shared them below:

Songs The Beatles won at the Grammy Awards

1965: "A Hard Day's Night" - Best Performance by a Vocal Group
1967: "Michelle" - Song of the Year
1997: "Free As a Bird" - Best Music Video, Short Form and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal

Albums The Beatles won at the Grammy Awards

1968: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" - Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Album
1971: "Let It Be" - Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture

George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr
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Grammy nominations and other wins

I think the two most shocking snubs were The Beatles not winning anything for the song "Help!," as well as their album "Abbey Road." And though "A Hard Day's Night" won Best Performance by a Vocal Group, it didn't take home its second nomination for Best Contemporary Song. We shared all the Grammy nominations over the years, as well as some other wins the group received for their work that weren't songs or albums below!


1965: "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (song), "A Hard Day's Night" (song)
1966: "Help!" (song and album)
1967: "Revolver" (album)
1968: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (album), "A Day in the Life" (song)
1969: "Magical Mystery Tour" (album), "Hey Jude" (song)
1970: "Abbey Road" (album)
1971: "Let It Be" (song)
1996: "Live at the BBC" (compilation album)

Other wins:

1997: "The Beatles Anthology" (television documentary) - Best Music Video, Long Form
2008: "Love" (music remixed for Cirque du Soleil show Love) - Best Compilation Soundtrack Album and Best Surround Sound Album
2011: "The Beatles (The Original Studio Recordings)" - Best Historical Album (songs remastered)

Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon
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Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and more

In 1972, the rock band received the Grammy Trustees Award which recognizes those who have made significant contributions, other than performance, to the field of recording, per the Grammys website.

Then in 2014, The Beatles were the recipients of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. This honor is given to artists who have made creative contributions "of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording" per the Grammys website.

Finally, over the years many of the group's songs have become a part of the Grammy Hall of Fame. We shared them all below:

  • "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (Album, 1993)
  • "Abbey Road" (Album, 1995)
  • "Yesterday" (Song, 1997)
  • "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (Song, 1998)
  • "Revolver" (Album, 1999)
  • "Strawberry Fields Forever" (Song, 1999)
  • "The Beatles" (Album, 2000)
  • "Rubber Soul" (Album, 2000)
  • "A Hard Day's Night" (Album, 2001)
  • "Hey Jude" (Song, 2001)
  • "Meet The Beatles!" (Album, 2001)
  • "Eleanor Rigby" (Song, 2002)
  • "Let It Be" (Song, 2004)
  • "Help!" (Song, 2008)
  • "Penny Lane" (Song, 2011)

The Grammys 2024 air tonight, Feb. 4, 2024 on CBS and Paramount+ starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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