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10 Grammy Hits You Won’t Believe Were Offered To Other Artists First


February 8, 2018

By Kenia Reyes

The Recording Academy just announced the nominees for the 61stannual Grammy Awards, which air February 10th on CBS. In honor of the nominations, here are the artists who passed on some of our favorite Grammy recognized and award-winning songs!

Weather Girls: “It’s Raining Men” Was Turned Down By Diana Ross


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“It’s Raining Men” was nominated for Best R&B Performance by A Duo Or Group With Vocal in 1985. Legendary divas like, Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Cher and Barbra Streisand all passed on this classic song.

Mariah Carey: “Hero” Was Originally For Gloria Estefan


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So technically, Gloria Estefan didn’t pass down “Hero” because she never had the chance to record it. Mariah wrote the song for Gloria, but decided to keep it for herself. “Hero” was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1994. 

Britney Spears: “Baby One More Time” Was Turned Down By TLC



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Who doesn’t remember this pop hit sung by Britney Spears? Well, TLC could’ve had another anthem in their hands.  “Baby One More Time” was recognized by the Recording Academy in 1999 after being nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. TLC reportedly turned down the song because they thought it wouldn’t be a hit. 

Kanye West: “Gold Digger” was for Shawnna



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Shawnna passed on one of Kanye’s biggest hits ever. “Gold Digger” had two nominations and won Best Rap Solo Performance in 2005. 

Beyoncé: Chrisette Michele Passed On “Irreplaceable” 


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Chrisette Michele said to the left on “Irreplaceable” written by Ne-Yo. Not only was this break-up anthem on top of the charts but it was also nominated for Record of the Year in 2007. 

Rihanna: “Umbrella” Was Turned Down By Britney Spears 


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The Dream had wrote this song with Britney in mind until she rejected the “ella ella eh eh” hit. “Umbrella” was Rihanna’s first Grammy win for Best Rap/Song Collaboration in 2008. 

Kanye West and Jay-Z: Pusha T Said “No” to “N***gas In Paris”


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Pusha T decided to turn this song down because the beat sounded like a video game. Guess the Grammy’s disagreed. N***gas In Paris” won two awards for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song in 2012. 

Calvin Harris ft Rihanna: “We Found Love” Was Passed Down By Nicole Scherzinger


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Former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger let this smash hit slither away because she was over dance music. She slept on a big opportunity when “We Found Love” was nominated in 2012 for Best Short Form Music Video.

Meghan Trainor :  Beyoncé And Adele Passed On “All About That Bass”



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“All About That Bass” was not only hot on the Billboard charts, but was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 2014.

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth: Eminem Skipped Out On “See You Again”



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Eminem passed on “See You Again,” primarily because he was involved with the soundtrack for the movie Southpaw. Luckily, Wiz Khalifa was able to record the song which was nominated Song of the Year in 2015. 

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