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Amazing Kids: The 10 Youngest Grammy Nominees of All Time

youngest grammy nomineesThe best in music will be honored this weekend with the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. While normally a celebration of the best in music (that kids love and sometimes kids perform in), the show is making headlines for urging performers to cover up this year.

It will be family-friendly as the memo has urged performers to avoid “thong-type costumes” and “sheer see-through clothing that could possibly expose female breast nipples.” The Standard and Practice Wardrobe Advisory also asked performers to “please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack.”

Because, yknow, Janet Jackson.

Yes, kids will be watching, and at the same time time, kids have been performing and accepting awards too. While you get ready to watch Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and Mumford and Sons this weekend, click through this list of the Youngest Grammy Nominees:


  • Deleon Richards, 9 1 of 10
    Deleon Richards, 9
    The youngest Grammy nominee ever, Deleon is a gospel singer who got her start early. Raised in Chicago, she has been performing almost her entire life. By the age of 5 she was on stage in front of audiences of more than 20,000 people. In 1985 she was nominated for best soul/gospel performance by a female for her Myrrh/Word album, DeLeon.
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  • Zac Hanson, 12 2 of 10
    Zac Hanson, 12
    Zac holds the title of youngest ever songwriting nominee. In 1997, Hanson dominated the charts with "MmmmBop." The song would hit #1 in 27 countries and launch the band of brothers to 3 nominations for Best New Artist, Best Pop Performance, and Record of the Year. They won none of the awards.
    Image via iTunes
  • Michael Jackson, 12 3 of 10
    Michael Jackson, 12
    Before he turned 12, Michael already had three number-one hits: "I Want You Back," "ABC" and "The Love You Save." "ABC" would score him his first Grammy nomination in 1971. In 1984 he became the first artist to win eight Grammys in one night for the album Thriller. Over his nearly 4 decades in pop music, Jackson would be nominated 35 times and win 13.
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  • Billy Gilman, 12 4 of 10
    Billy Gilman, 12
    The boy-band trend from pop swept into country in 2000 when Billy Gilman debuted with his single "One Voice." The song would see him nominated for a Best Country Male Performance Grammy, but he would lose out to Johnny Cash (ya think!?). Gilman is still in the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest country artist to reach number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
    Image via Videokeman
  • LeAnn Rimes, 14 5 of 10
    LeAnn Rimes, 14
    LeAnn Rimes is the youngest person to actually win a Grammy. She was 14 years old when she won her first two awards in 1997 for the album Blue. She was also the first country artist to win the Best New Artist Grammy.
    Image via iTunes
  • Luis Miguel, 14 6 of 10
    Luis Miguel, 14
    Luis Miguel, also known as El Sol, made his music debut at 11. His first Grammy nomination (and win) came in 1984 for his duet "Me Gustas Tal Como Eres" (I Like You Just The Way You Are) with Sheena Easton (who was 25 at the time). Luis Miguel is the only Latin artist to have two Spanish-language albums (Romance and Segundo Romance) go platinum in the USA.
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  • Taylor Hanson, 14 7 of 10
    Taylor Hanson, 14
    The middle Hanson brother makes the list for the same reason baby bro Zac is here: "MmmmBop."
    Image via iTunes
  • Justin Bieber, 16 8 of 10
    Justin Bieber, 16
    You can hate on Bieber all you want, but you can't deny the kid has talent. From his early days busking to managing to bust through a vocal change that other young stars couldn't match, Bieber is a force in modern music. His debut album, My World, pulled in two nominations.
    Image via iTunes
  • Avril Lavigne, 17 9 of 10
    Avril Lavigne, 17
    I was one of the first people to interview Avril Lavigne for radio. She and I sat in a studio before the release of Let Go to do an interview that would become a national radio special to launch her disc (that's us top left of the post). She twisted her gum, played with her hair, and talked of skateboarding. That album was would eventually bring her an incredible eight Grammy nominations; she would win none.
    Image via iTunes
  • Britney Spears, 18 10 of 10
    Britney Spears, 18
    Oh, Britney. What can you say? "...Baby One More Time" scooped her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and another for Best New Artist. While dominating pop culture and music for the past 15 years, Britney didn't win her first award until 2005 for a dance remix of Toxic. Madonna — a figure Britney is oft compared to — had the same fate; despite dominating music, she didn't win her first Grammy until 1992 for a video from her Blond Ambition tour. Her first music win was 1999's "Ray of Light."
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