Which Artist Has the Most Grammy Performances in History? Here Are the Top Five

The Grammy Awards have now taken place a staggering 66 times since their debut in 1959. During that time, the show has seen more than 900 live performances, ranging from all-time legends to one-hit wonders.

Which acts have performed the most times at the Grammys? While younger fans might think that someone like Taylor Swift or Beyonce could hold the record, they’re actually not even close. Swift’s 7 performances and Bey’s 10 performances are far behind the real record holder.

Read on to learn the answer!

The Most Grammy Performances in History

Keep in mind that there is no official database of Grammy performers over the years. We’ve pieced together this list from our own exhaustive research of all 66 Grammy broadcasts.

It’s entirely possible that we’ve missed a performance here or there, so feel free to leave a comment if you find one not included in our tally.

Even the Recording Academy’s official website, grammy.com, isn’t accurate when it comes to live performance counts. The site claims that Bonnie Raitt has performed most often among female performers, but if you count all of Aretha Franklin’s collaborations, she has taken the Grammy stage just as often as Raitt. And both of these women trail one man who holds down the record.

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Stevie Wonder performs at the 2024 Grammys. (Photo by Kevin Winter / Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

The most Grammy performances in history (by our unofficial tally):
Stevie Wonder 16
Aretha Franklin 11
Bonnie Raitt 11
Tony Bennett 11
Beyonce 10 (includes 2 with Destiny’s Child)
Whitney Houston 10

All of Stevie Wonder’s Grammy Performances

1 You Are the Sunshine of My Life, 1974
2 You Haven’t Done Nothin’, 1975
3 Sir Duke, 1977
4 I Just Called to Say I Love You, 1985
5 Synth Medley (with Herbie Hancock, Howard Jones, and Thomas Dolby), 1985
6 Part Time Lover, 1986
7 We Can Work it Out, 1990
8 How Come How Long (with Babyface), 1998
9 Across the Universe (with Velvet Revolver, Bono, Norah Jones, Brian Wilson, Alicia Keys, Billie Joe Armstrong, Tim McGraw, Steven Tyler), 2005
10 Burnin’ Up / Superstition (with Jonas Brothers), 2009
11 All About the Love Again, 2009
12 Get Lucky / Le Freak / Another Star (with Daft Punk & Pharrell), 2014
13 If It’s Magic (with Usher), 2015
14 That’s the Way of the World (with Pentatonix), 2016
15 Higher Ground (with Chris Stapleton), 2023
16 For Once in My Life / The Best is Yet to Come (virtual duet with Tony Bennett), 2024

The amazing thing about Wonder’s 16 Grammy performances is that he’s played a different song each time. He is not one of the artists who have performed the same song twice at the Grammys.

Among Wonder’s Grammy performances, several stand out: His fierce 1975 “You Haven’t Done Nothin’,” a scathing attack on Richard Nixon; 1977’s “Sir Duke,” performed via satellite from Africa; the famous synth medley with Howard Jones and others in 1985; and “Get Lucky” with Daft Punk and Pharrell in 2014.

Some of his Grammy moments were less memorable, like the duets with the Jonas Brothers and Pentatonix, and that ill-fated “Across the Universe” all-star sing-along in 2005.

But more often than not, he has been a reliable highlight for viewers when he’s shown up on the screen.

Wonder also makes the list of most Grammy nominations in history.

Which Stevie Wonder Grammy performance was your favorite?

Last Updated on May 18, 2024

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