Winning a Grammy obviously marks a huge accomplishment for a singer at any time, but there are a select few artists who managed to earn the coveted prize at a very young age. These 10 musical acts were all under the age of 20 when they earned their first Grammy award.
- The Peasall Sisters
Ages: 7, 9, and 13
Leah, Sarah, and Hanna Peasall were thrust into the spotlight when they contributed to the soundtrack for the Coen Brothers‘ hugely popular movie, O Brother, Where Art Thou?. The sisters provided the singing voices for George Clooney’s daughters, the Wharvey Girls, in 2000. The compilation ended up winning the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2002 and made the trio the category’s youngest credited winners for their contributions to the album. Leah remains the youngest person ever to take home the coveted prize, although she only performed as part of a group.
- LeAnn Rimes
Rimes made her breakthrough into country music in 1996 with her debut album, Blue, which reached No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart and was certified multiplatinum in sales. It also earned the singer many major industry awards, including the Grammy for Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance for the lead single, “Blue,” in 1997. In addition to becoming the first country music artist to win in the former category, the win also made Rimes the youngest solo singer to ever win a Grammy.
The now 19-year-old became an international star after releasing her 2013 debut single, “Royals.” The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for nine consecutive weeks and made her the youngest solo artist to receive a No. 1 in the U.S. since 1987. The track also went on to win the singer her first (and second) Grammy in 2014, when she took home prizes in the categories of both Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year. With those wins, Lorde became the fourth youngest act to ever receive a Grammy.
The teenage R&B singer earned major chart success with the title track off her 1998 sophomore album, The Boy is Mine. The hit single, a duet with 20-year-old Brandy, spent 13 weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100 during the summer of 1998, and eventually became the best-selling song of the year in the U.S. It also earned both artists the Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group in 1999, making Monica one of the top five youngest musical acts ever to win.
- Alison Krauss
Krauss entered the music industry at an early age and was winning local contests by the age of 10, so perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the bluegrass and country singer-songwriter was also very young when she earned her first Grammy. She won it in 1991, in the category of Best Bluegrass Recording for her album, I’ve Got That Feeling. At the time, she was the second youngest winner to ever take home the coveted award. But it would be far from her only time doing so: Krauss has won a whopping 27 Grammys over the course of her career, tying her with Quincy Jones as the most awarded living recipient.
Also at the age of 19 a lot of stars won the Grammy’s, the likes of;
- Joss Stone
- Beyoncé, Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child)