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And the Grammy Goes To…

Enjoy these concert clips, music videos and television segments from our collection of celebrities and artists – all of whom have received past Grammy nominations and/or awards… and they also have something else in common: they all have recorded songs or skits on the topic of… yep, you guessed it: MONEY.

AC/DC – Nominated for 8  Grammys, AC/DC received their first win for Best Hard Rock Performance with the song “War Machine” in 2010. In this clip you can catch them performing their 1992 Grammy nominated song “Moneytalks.”

The Beatles – The fab four received Grammy Awards for Best New Artist of 1964, Best Album in 1967 for Sgt. Pepper, and Best Song for “Michelle” in 1966.  Six of their albums have received Grammy Hall of Fame Awards: Meet The Beatles, Abbey Road, Revolver, Rubber Soul, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles (White Album) and the song, “Strawberry Fields Forever.” The Beatles have never won for Best Song. Catch this video montage featuring “Baby You’re a Rich Man.”

Gus Cannon –  It was The Rooftop Singers recording of “Walk Right In” that hit number one on the Billboard charts at the end of January, 1963. It was a million-seller and the biggest record in the history of the folk label, Vanguard records.  The Walk Right In album would win a Grammy for Best Folk Recording. Gus Cannon received recognition and was credited as having written the song. Here is a 1927 recording of Gus Cannon singing, “My Money Never Runs Out.”

John Cleese – Cleese received a Grammy in 1989 in the category of Best Spoken Word for The Screwtape Letters. In this clip with with Grammy winners, Money Python, in 1972, Cleese shines in his performance of  “The Money Song.”
Albert Collins – In 1987 the legendary Fender Telecaster guitar player and blues singer, Albert Collins, shared a Grammy for the album Showdown! (released in 1986) which he recorded with Robert Cray and Johnny Copeland. The following year his solo release Cold Snap was also nominated for a Grammy. Here is Collins in a 1990 concert performing “If Trouble Was Money.”
Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Mark Knopfler and Sting – Eric Clapton has received nineteen nominations with eighteen wins. I count twenty Grammy Awards for Collins (there may be more?) and that does not include those received by the group Genesis of which he was a member. Knofler has eight nominations with five wins. Sting shows twenty-one nominations with eleven wins. Here are Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Mark Knopfler and Sting on stage performing “Money For Nothin (I Want My MTV).”
Bing Crosby – The song, “Pennies From Heaven” was introduced by Bing in the 1936 film of the same title. The 1936 recording by Crosby on Decca Records was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004. And Bing received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1966. Here is Bing Crosby in a scene from the film singing, “Pennies from Heaven”.  And you can also catch this performance of the song, circa 1950, from the extraordinary jazz musician, Johnny Windhurst in this clip.
Ellen Degeneres – Though she hasn’t received a Grammy, she has hosted the Grammy Awards twice, in 1996 and  in 1997. Here’s Ellen “Shopping” at CVS.
Fleetwood Mac – The group received two wins from nine Grammy nominations. In 1978 they received the award for Album of the Year with Rumors, and the group was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003. This is an amazing instrumental piece from way back in the earliest days, “Shake Your Moneymaker”.
Lady Gaga – There are fifteen Grammy nominations with four wins for Lady Gaga. Here is Lady Gaga’s music video of a hit song from her Grammy winning debut album, Fame,  “Money Honey.”

Joel Grey and Liza Minnelli – 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the musical film Cabaret, in which Grey and Minnelli both play leading roles. In 20o8 Cabaret. Original Soundtrack Recording was inducted to the Grammy Hall of Fame. Here in a scene from the film Cabaret are Grey and Minnelli performing “Money.”

Merle Haggard –  Country music song writer, singer, guitarist, fiddler, and instrumentalist, Merle Haggard has received three Grammy Awards which includes the 1999 Hall of Fame Award for “Mama Tried.” Here is Haggard in his 2001 music video, “If You’ve Got the Money.”

The Kingsmen – Best known for their 1963 recording of Richard Berry’s “Louie Louie”, which held the No. 2 spot on the Billboard charts for six weeks, The Kingsmen were 2005 recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award  for “Outstanding Contributions to the music community.”  This segment from Hallabaloo A-go-go television show circa 1964 is not to be missed: The Kingsmen, “perform”  “Money Money.”

The Kinks –  The Kinks fall into that category of talented groups who have never won a Grammy. However, the group was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. Here is a rocking 1979 performance of The Kinks doing “Low Budget.”

Los Kumbia Kings – Their first album, Amor, Familia Y Respeto, earned them a Grammy nomination. In 2006, Los Kumbia Kings won their first Latin Grammy for their album, Kumbia Kings Live (Best Tropical Regional Mexican Album). Here they are in concert performing a lively rendition of  “No Tengo Dinero.”

Madonna – Madonna holds 28 nominations with seven wins. This video is a 1985 live performance of “Material Girl” which was originally  released in 1984.  Madonna in “Material Girl” Live, 1985.

Dean Martin – The movie, Three Coins in a Fountain, won three Academy Awards in 1955, one of which was Best Music, Original Song. The song, “Three Coins in a Fountain” has not received a Grammy Award, however Frank Sinatra, who sang it in the movie, has received numerous Grammys as has Dean Martin, who sings it in this clip  from the 1955 Academy Awards television show, where Bob Hope introduces Jerry Lewis, who then introduces Dean Martin who sings the titled song, “Three Coins in a Fountain.”

Steve Martin – Martin has received  four Grammy Awards: Best comedy Album, in 1978, Let’s Get Small and in 1979 A Wild and Crazy Guy; 2001 for Best country Instrumental Performance with Earl Scruggs (and others) for his banjo performance of  “Foggy Mountain Breakdown;” and 2009 for Best Bluegrass Album for The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo. Here he is in this Saturday Night Live classic sketch: Don’t Buy Stuff You Can’t Afford.

The O’Jays – In 2002, the O’Jays were nominated for a Grammy for their album For The Love Of…; They were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2006. Their recording of “For The Love of Money” was nominated for Best R&B Vocal in 1975, and has become the recognized theme song for Donald Trump’s television show, The Apprentice. Here are the O’Jays in a 2008 concert performing “For The Love of Money.”

Pink Floyd – The group received four Grammy nominations with a win for for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “Marooned” in 1994, and in 1999 they were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Pink Floyd released their hit, “Money” in 1973. Here is their music video,  “Money.”

Elvis Presley – Elvis received fourteen Grammy nominations. His three wins were for gospel recordings – the  1967 album How Great Thou Art;  the 1972 album He Touched Me; and the 1974 live Memphis concert recording of the song “How Great Thou Art.” In 1971 he was also recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Elvis was 36-years old at the time. Six of Elvis’ recordings, all of them his original studio masters, have been inducted into the Hall of Fame: “Hound Dog,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “That’s All Right,” “Suspicious Minds,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” and “Are You Lonesome Tonight.” Here is a 1956 television recording of Elvis performing  “Money Honey”.

Santana – Santana has received inductions into both the Grammy Hall of Fame and the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame, and according to the Guinness World Records, their album, Supernatural, is the best-selling Latin album of all time. In addition to their induction into the Grammy Hall of Fame, they have received  fourteen nominations with ten wins. Here is  Santana performing circa 1980, Frankfurt, Germany, “Shake Your Money Maker.”

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – Recipient of twenty Grammy Awards, Springsteen and the E Street Band released their album, Wrecking Ball, in time to have received several Grammy nominations for 2013. Here they are in Philadelphia on stage March, 2012 performing a song from the album, “Easy Money.”

Steely Dan – The release of their album, Two Against Nature, won four Grammy awards including Album of The Year in 2001. Catch this 2006 performance of  “Black Friday.”

Gwen Stefani and Eve – Stefani has received three awards from eighteen nominations. Eve holds one win from four nominations.  In 2002 Stefani and Eve both received Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, for “Let Me Bow Ya Mind.” Also in 2002 Stefani won for “Hey Baby” in the category of Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals; in that same category in 2004 Gwen received the award for “Underneath It All.”  Here are Gwen Steffani and Eve at the 2005 Grammy Awards show performing their Grammy nominated song, “Rich Girl.”

Barrett Strong – Strong was among the first artists signed to Berry Gordy’sMotown corporation, and is the performer on the company’s first hit, “Money (That’s What I Want)” which gave Strong his only major hit as a vocalist. Strong went on to become a prolific and important lyricist in R & B and Pop genres. Strong received a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in 1973 for “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” and he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004. Listen to this 1959 original recording of his hit, “Money (That’s What I Want)”

Donna Summer – A five-time Grammy Award winner, Donna Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the United States Billboard chart, and she also charted four number-one singles in the United States within a 13-month period. In the late 1970s Donna Summer released eight consecutive top 5 pop hit singles. Here is her music video of  “She Works Hard For The Money” which earned Summer a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal in 1983.

Hank Williams, Jr. –  Williams, Jr. has received seven Grammy nominations. He received one win for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals in 1990 for “There’s a Tear in My Beer” in which he “collaborated” with his departed father, Hank Williams, Sr.  In this music video, Hank Williams, Jr. sings  “Everything Comes Down to Money.”

 Weird Al Yankovic – Singer, songwriter and satirist, Yankovic’s works have earned him three Grammy Awards among fourteen nominations.  Here is his music video parody of “Money for Nothin (I Want My MTV):”
“Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies.”

Warren Zevon – Zevon’s album, The Wind, was nominated posthumously in 2004 for five Grammys and received two Grammys: Song of the Year, and Best Rock Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocal for “Disorder In The House” with Bruce Springsteen. Here is an absolutely stunning performance by Zevon during an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman singing: “Lawyers Guns and Money.”

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