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Alvin And The Chipmunks have more Grammys than your favourite artists

Molly Young April 4, 2022
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The 2022 Grammy Awards finally took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday night (3 April), more than two months after its scheduled date of 31 January 2022.

Regardless of the delay caused by the pandemic, many music-lovers, including fans of South Korean boy band BTS, were left infuriated after their favourite artists failed to win awards at this year’s event.

That anger and frustration will be even worse when they realise US animated virtual band Alvin And The Chipmunks have won five Grammy Awards over the years!

Calm down everyone, this is just for fun, as we take a look at how three animated anthropomorphic chipmunks named Alvin, Simon and Theodore have secured more Grammy awards than BTS, Nicki Minaj and so many other ‘proper’ acts put together.

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Alvin And The Chipmunks’ Grammys success

Popular singing rodents Alvin And The Chipmunks have become one of the most successful children’s artists of all time, having two number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and winning five Grammy Awards.

Alvin And The Chipmunks, originally known as David Seville And The Chipmunks or simply The Chipmunks, are an American animated virtual band created by Ross Bagdasarian for a novelty record in 1958.

Anthropomorphic chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore make up the band, while they are ‘managed’ by their human adoptive father, David “Dave” Seville.

In 1959, the group won three Grammy Awards in the following categories: best recording for children; best comedy performance; and best-engineered record – non-classical. The awards were all for The Chipmunk Song, which was also nominated in the record of the year category but failed to win.

The Chipmunk Song became one of the best-selling singles of all time with five million physical copies sold. What’s more, the band has also had four top ten albums on the Billboard 200 and three platinum albums.

BTS and Nicki Minaj fail to win

The 2022 Grammy Awards, which took place on 3 April, saw many artists such as BTS and Nicki Minaj fail to bag awards. South Korean boy band BTS, which consists of Jungkook, V, Park Ji-min, Suga, Jin, RM and J-Hop, were nominated in the best pop duo/group performance category for hit song Butter.

Instead, Doja Cat and SZA won for their performance of Kiss Me More, although the boy band sportingly cheered the winners while consoling each other with hugs.

BTS can also console themselves with the thought that other huge-selling artists such as Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Sia, Diana Ross and Tupac have 50 Grammys nominations between them but have yet to win an award. It’s enough to make you squeak!

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Twitter uproar as fans are furious

Many fans are in shock that some of their favourite artists have yet to win a Grammy, especially when they consider Alvin And The Chipmunks have won five. And that led some Twitter users to question the credibility of the Grammys.

The lack of Grammy success for BTS at the 2022 presentation sparked uproar among fans. One, named @faictrl, tweeted: “Alvin And The Chipmunks have five Grammys and you can’t give BTS one? #Scammys

@NestarTheGod also took to Twitter but only to tease angry fans: “Alvin And The chipmunks have more Grammys than your favourite artist.”

A member of Nicki Minaj’s fandom @chanijmiller tweeted in disbelief: “You’re telling me Alvin And The Chipmunks have more Grammys than Nicki Minaj?”

@TJHDSN also shared their shock on social media: “No way Hillary Clinton and Alvin And The Chipmunks have more Grammys than Nicki and Bjork.”

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Molly Young is a Journalism with Public Relations student at Leeds Beckett University. Boasting a creative background through her studies and on her personal social media channels, Molly loves creating content and providing entertainment analysis through her writing.