Michael Jackson (8)
MICHAEL JACKSON (8): In 1984, Jackson took home seven awards for his critically celebrated 'Thriller,' the best-selling album of all time."For big sweeps, it helps to have a toehold in a lot of categories," Grein says. That initial advantage helped Jackson earn seven diverse Grammys: best album, producer of the year, record and rock vocal performance ('Beat It'), pop vocal performance ('Thriller') and R&B vocal performance and song ('Billie Jean'). He won an eighth award for his side project 'E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,' in the children's recording category. "This enormous popular success was unprecedented," says Grein about Jackson, who set a new record for most Grammys won in a night.