Throughout the last 40 seasons of Spoleto Festival USA (2016 included), thousands of accomplished singers, songwriters, and musicians from across the globe have graced Festival stages with captivating performances. Many of these artists are recipients of prestigious awards, such as the MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” the National Endowment for the Arts Lifetime Achievement award, and the distinguished GRAMMY.

This list started with a goal of finding 40 GRAMMY-winning artists who helped to make the last 40 Festival seasons such a success. Once the list reached 40, it did not stop! That said, here are 81 GRAMMY winners who have also been a part of Spoleto Festival USA.

  1. Cécile McLorin Salvant (GRAMMY winner in 2015)
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  2. Arturo O’Farrill (2015, 2014, 2008)
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  3. Old Crow Medicine Show (2012, 2014)
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  4. Angelique Kidjo (2015, 2014, 2007)
  5. B.B. King (2008, 2005, 2 in 2002, 2 in 2000, 1999, 1996, 1993, 1991, 1990, 1985, 1983, 1981, 1970)
  6. Béla Fleck (2011, 2010, 2 in 2009, 2008, 2006, 2 in 2001, 2 in 2000, 1998,1996,1995)
  7. Betty Carter (1988)
  8. Bobby McFerrin (1992, 4 in 1988, 2 in 1987, 1986, 2 in 1985)
  9. Carolina Chocolate Drops (2010)
  10. Cassandra Wilson (2008, 1996)
  11. Charlie Haden (2004, 2001, 1997)
  12. Chick Corea (2 in 2014, 2 in 2012, 2 in 2011, 2009, 2008, 2 in 2006, 2003, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1989, 1988, 1981, 1979, 1978, 2 in 1976, 1975)
  13. Chris Thile (2014, 2012, 2002)
  14. Count Basie (1984, 1982, 1980, 1977, 1976, 1963, 1960, 2 in 1958)
  15. Dee Dee Bridgewater (2012, 1997)
  16. Dexter Gordon (1987)
  17. Dianne Reeves (2014, 2005, 2003, 2001, 2000)
  18. Dizzy Gillespie (1991, 1975)
  19. Ella Fitzgerald (1990, 1983, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1976, 1962, 2 in 1960, 2 in 1959, 2 in 1958)
  20. Emmylou Harris (2013, 2005, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1995, 1992, 1987, 1984, 1980, 1979, 1976)
  21. Gregory Porter (2013)
  22. Joe Williams (1984)
  23. Joshua Bell (2000)
  24. k.d. lang (2003, 1992, 1989, 1988)
  25. Kurt Elling (2009)
  26. Mavis Staples (2010)
  27. Osvaldo Golijov (2006)
  28. Ray Charles (5 in 2004, 1993, 1990, 1975, 2 in 1966, 1963, 1962, 1961, 4 in 1960)
  29. Rebirth Brass Band (2011)
  30. Renée Fleming (2014, 2012, 2009, 2002, 1998)
  31. Rodney Crowell (2013, 1989)
  32. Rosanne Cash (3 in 2014, 1985)
  33. Roy Haynes (1999, 1988)
  34. Sam “Lightnin'” Hopkins (2013)
  35. Sarah Vaughan (1982)
  36. Sonny Rollins (2005, 2001)
  37. Steve Reich (1998, 1989)
  38. Taj Mahal (2000, 1997)
  39. Wayne Shorter (2013, 2005, 2 in 2003, 1999, 1997, 1996, 1994, 1987, 1979)
  40. Yo-Yo Ma (2014, 2012, 2009, 2003, 2000, 1998, 2 in 1997, 1995, 1994, 2 in 1992, 1991, 1989, 1986, 2 in 1985, 1984)

    Wait! There’s more:

  41. André Previn (2004, 2002, 1998, 1976, 1973, 1961, 1960, 2 in 1959, 1958)
  42. Andrew Litton (1996)
  43. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (1990)
  44. Benjamin Britten (3 in 1963)
  45. Bill Frisell (2005)
  46. Bobby “Blue” Bland (Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award 1997) 
  47. Charles Ives (1965)
  48. Christian Badea (1985)
  49. Clark Terry (Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award 2010) 
  50. Dawn Upshaw (2013, 2006, 2003, 1991, 1989)
  51. Del McCoury (2013, 2005)
  52. Eddie Palmieri (2006, 2005, 2000, 1987, 1985, 1984, 1976, 1975)
  53. Emerson String Quartet (2009. 2006. 2005, 2 in 2000, 1997, 1993, 2 in 1989)
  54. Eric Johnson (1991)
  55. Gary Burton (2012, 2008, 1999, 1998, 1981, 1979, 1972)
  56. George Shearing (1983, 1982)
  57. Giancarlo Guerrero (2015, 2011, 2010)
  58. Gil Evans (2012, 1988, 1960)
  59. Henry Krieger (2007, 1982)
  60. Jonathan Stockhammer (2009)
  61. Julius Rudel (1978)
  62. Kaija Saariaho (2001)
  63. Kim Kashkashian (2012)
  64. Masumi Rostac (2008)
  65. Morton Gould (1966)
  66. Mstislav Rostropovich (2003, 1983, 1980, 1977, 1970)
  67. Nancy Wilson (2006, 2004, 1964)
  68. Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (2001)
  69. Oumou Sangaré (2010)
  70. Peter Serkin (1965)
  71. Pharoah Sanders (1988)
  72. Phil Woods (1983, 1982, 1977, 1975)
  73. Richard Goode (1982)
  74. Sasha Cooke (2011)
  75. St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (1980)
  76. Stan Getz (1991, 3 in 1964, 1962)
  77. The Blind Boys of Alabama (2009)
  78. Thulani Davis (1992)
  79. Vance George (1995, 1992)
  80. Woody Herman (1974, 1973, 1963)
  81. Yefim Bronfman (1996)

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40 for Friday
is a new weekly (or bi-weekly) blog series celebrating the 40th season of Spoleto Festival USA. Feel free to comment if there is something you would like to see in this series. We have a lot of interesting content coming your way!