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The Grammys is the most prestigious music event in awards season, where the great and the good come out to bestow the year's most popular and critically acclaimed artists, songs and albums with much-deserved prizes.

Or so you'd think. The Grammys are notorious for making controversial, questionable and often downright terrible decisions. This isn't exactly surprising when you consider squeaky-voiced cartoon characters Alvin and The Chipmunks have won five Grammys, while Bob Marley, The Who, Led Zeppelin and Queen have never received anything in a non-lifetime achievement category.

Click through to find out which novelty pop bands have beaten groundbreaking, critically acclaimed artists to prizes, and which aging rock dinosaurs have been routinely chosen over fresh-faced artists of the moment.

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