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Joan Sutherland was cheated by the Grammys

October 12, 2010 |  2:07 pm

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Joan Sutherland may have been hailed as "the voice of the century" by Luciano Pavarotti, but other operatic voices fared far better at the Grammy Awards, where there are lots of classical categories, including one for best vocal performance.

Prior to her death on Sunday at age 83, Sutherland won that prize twice. One victory was for her classic "The Art of the Prima Donna" LP in 1962. In 1981, she shared the trophy with Pavarotti and Marilyn Horne for "Live From Lincoln Center: Sutherland, Horne, Pavarotti."

By contrast, Pavarotti won five times, as did Kathleen Battle. Horne and Cecilia Bartoli each won four Grammys. Reigning over all classical vocalists is Leontyne Price with 13 wins.

But, alas, at least Sutherland fared better than one of opera's grandest divas. Poor Maria Callas never won a Grammy.

Photo: "The Art of the Prima Donna." Photo credit: Decca Records.

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