Bjork, Snoop Dogg, The Beach Boys and others deserve some explanations
Number of times nominated: 1
Music lesson: Iggy Pop is the kind of iconic/iconoclastic figure that just doesn't mesh with the Grammys. As frontman for Michigan's self-destructive The Stooges, Pop was punk before punk. Even his later, arty work alongside David Bowie may have been a little too weird for the voters. In 1989, he didn't stand a chance in the inaugural Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal category (the infamous one where "One"-era Metallica lost to Jethro Tull). But Pop is invincible; he'll still be around -- refusing to wear a shirt, screaming obscene lyrics to 40-year-old songs, humping speakers -- long after the Grammys fade away.