Carrie Underwood, Beyonce & More Who Dominate Their Awards Show Categories

Carrie Underwood won video of the year for the ninth time at the 2021 CMT Music Awards. Here are other music stars who have been perennial winners in their categories at awards shows.

Carrie Underwood, Beyonce & More Who Dominate Their Awards Show Categories

Carrie Underwood won video of the year for the ninth time at the 2021 CMT Music Awards on Wednesday night. She took the award this time for the video for “Hallelujah,” a collab with John Legend that appeared on her 2020 Christmas album, My Gift.

And that’s not the only CMT Music Awards category that Underwood has thoroughly dominated. She has won eight times for female video of the year. (Do you get the sense that CMT viewers really like her?)

Underwood isn’t the first music star who has won so many times in a given category at an awards show that the category should almost be named in their honor. Here’s a healthy sampling of other artists who have won eight or more times in a category at various award shows — both EGOT-level and genre-specific shows. (In each case, these artists hold the record for the most wins in that category at that show.)

Enrique Iglesias: The second-generation Latin heartthrob won the American Music Award for favorite Latin artist eight times between 1999 and 2016. Fun fact: The category was added the year before Iglesias began his win streak. The winner that first year: his dad, Julio Iglesias.

Garth Brooks: The country titan won the American Music Award for favorite country male artist eight times between 1992 and 2000. Brooks’ trophy case is jammed with other awards too. He won the CMA Award for entertainer of the year seven times between 1991 and 2019 and the ACM Award in that category six times between 1990 and 1998.

The Statler Brothers: The veteran group took the CMA Award for vocal group of the year nine times between 1972 and 1984. Fun fact: Despite the name, only two members of the group (Don and Harold Reid) were brothers and none of the group members had the surname Statler.

Alfred Newman: The late film composer and one of the founders of the Newman film music dynasty won the Academy Award for best original score nine times between 1938 (Alexander’s Ragtime Band) and 1967 (Camelot).

Miranda Lambert: Lambert won the ACM Award for female vocalist of the year nine years in a row between 2009 and 2017. The star also took the CMA Award in that category seven times between 2010 and 2017.

Reba McEntire: The country icon won the American Music Award for favorite country female artist 10 times between 1988 and 2004.

Vince Gill: The balladeer won the Grammy for best male country vocal performance nine times between 1990 (“When I Call Your Name”) and 2006 (“The Reason Why”). In 2011, the Grammys combined the male and female categories into best country solo performance. Gill won that award in March for “When My Amy Prays.”

Beyoncé: Queen Bey won the BET Award for best female R&B/pop artist 10 times between 2004 and 2019 — and she is nominated again this year.

Max Martin: The Swedish hitmaker won songwriter of the year at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards 11 times between 1999 and 2018.

John Williams: The legendary film composer won the Grammy for best score soundtrack for visual media 11 times between 1975 (Jaws) and 2016 (Star Wars: The Force Awakens). On the other side of the pond, Williams won the BAFTA Award for best original music seven times between 1975 (a dual award for both Jaws and The Towering Inferno) and 2005 (Memoirs of a Geisha).

Aretha Franklin: The eternal Queen of Soul won the Grammy for best R&B female vocal performance 11 times between 1967 (“Respect”) and 1987 (the album Aretha). This includes eight years in a row between 1967 and 1974, when she was at her commercial and creative peak.

Brooks & Dunn: Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn won the ACM Award for vocal duo of the year 16 times between 1991 and 2009. They did nearly as well at the CMA Awards, winning in that category 14 times between 1992 and 2006.

Alabama: The country quartet won the American Music Award for favorite country band/duo/group 17 times between 1983 and 2003.

Jimmy Sturr: The polka king won the Grammy for best polka album 18 times between 1986 (I Remember Warsaw) and 2008 (Let the Whole World Sing). The Grammys eliminated the polka category after 2008, in part because of the lack of competition in the category.

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Lorde Returns As Something Unfamiliar, But Just as Riveting, on ‘Solar Power’: Song Review

After leading 2017’s Melodrama with “Green Light,” a purge of emotion that raced through tempos and accusations, Lorde’s new single “Solar Power” is a playful splash of salt water onto our faces in time for the summer.

Lorde Returns As Something Unfamiliar, But Just as Riveting, on ‘Solar Power’: Song Review

Ever since arriving as a 16-year-old pop auteur in 2013, Lorde has been prone to returning every four years and commanding our collective attention with a new album. Unlike, say, the presidential elections or the Olympic Games, she does so with relatively little buildup, disappearing from the public eye for multiple years at a time before suddenly being back in our lives, a fresh opus handy.

During an age of popular music in which being hyper-prolific is the new norm — artists releasing multiple albums in a calendar year, or doubling track lists with instant deluxe editions — Ella Yelich-O’Connor has made a habit of releasing a full-length of 10 or 11 songs, touring behind that album, and then… going away to live life, often in New Zealand and always off social media. The thrill of a new Lorde era is the unknown of what she’s experienced, who she’s become; in a letter to fans about her upcoming third album, Solar Power, Lorde aptly begins with, “There’s someone I want you to meet.”

The Lorde we’re acquainting ourselves with this time around has found peace in the natural world. After leading 2017’s Melodrama with “Green Light,” a purge of feelings that raced through tempos and accusations, Lorde’s new single “Solar Power” is a playful splash of salt water onto our faces in time for the summer. With Clairo and Phoebe Bridgers providing backing vocals and Jack Antonoff playing bass and electric guitar (along with co-producing and co-writing, as he did on the majority of Melodrama), Lorde has gathered her friends and shown them her newfound euphoria, first in an intimate acoustic format, then in a swaying sing-along when the drums kick in with a minute to spare.

Like all great pop songs, “Solar Power” is deceptively simple: after a few listens, you notice the saxophone and trumpet snuck into the mix, as well as the barely audible ad-lib “So sorry, I can’t make it,” after Lorde shrugs, “I tend to cancel all the plans.” For as attention-grabbing as a winking line like “I’m kind of like a prettier Jesus” may be, Lorde remains one of the best at filling the corners of her songs with personalized knickknacks.

In the four years since Melodrama, Lorde’s presence in the mainstream has loomed large: artists like Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo have become household names in her absence, all while drawing upon her dark-pop sound, use of harmony and songwriting detail as influences. With that in mind, hearing Lorde happily deliver lines like “Forget all of the tears that you’ve cried” and “Come on and let the bliss begin” on “Solar Power” is a bit jarring, especially after last hearing her at her most emotionally charged. But that’s part of Lorde’s magic — her affinity to re-emerge as something new and unfamiliar, while still dazzling with her unmistakable talent for song construction and unlikely hooks. “Solar Power” is a fresh chapter in a riveting book, and Lorde fans should be thrilled to meet this new author.

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