Saturday, December 11, 2010

Brenda Lee's Achievements

Over the years, Brenda has received many awards and recognitions.  Please enjoy her accomplishments, courtesy of


• Brenda has won every pop award except the Grammy Award. She has received four Grammy nominations which include: "I'm Sorry" in 1960, "Johnny One Time" in 1970, "Tell Me What It's Like" in 1980 and "Honky Tonk Angels Medley" (with k.d. lang, Loretta Lynn, and Kitty Wells) in 1989.

• The British trade paper-New Musical Express Award for Best Female Vocalist for 5 years (1961-1965)

• Aztec Award in Mexico as "Outstanding Foreign Female Artist.

• Has received 5 Edison Awards from Holland. The Edison Award is equivalent to the Grammy Award. Brenda has won more than any other person.

• Held the title of "Most Programmed Female Vocalist" for 5 consecutive years according to Billboard and 3 consecutive years according to Cashbox.

• NARM (National Association of Record Merchandisers) Awards:

    • 1960 - Most Promising Female Vocalist
    • 1962 - Best Selling Female Vocalist
    • 1963 - Best Selling Female Vocalist
    • 1963 - Top Female Vocalist on Singles

• Other Notable Awards:
    • Cashbox 1962 - Top Female Vocalist
    • Music Reporter 1962 - Leading Female Vocalist
    • Gold Star Award
    • Melody Maker's #1 Female Vocalist (U.K.)
    • Record Mirror of Great Britain - World's #1 Female Vocalist for 4 consecutive years

• Has sold over 100 million records. Brenda has sold more records than any other woman in the history of recorded music.

• Gold Records include:

    1. Jambalaya
    2. Sweet Nothins
    3. I'm Sorry ("I'm Sorry" has sold in excess of 15 million worldwide.)
    4. That's All You Gotta Do
    5. I Want To Be Wanted
    6. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree ("Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" has sold over 7 million.)
    7. Emotions
    8. Break It To Me Gently
    9. All Alone Am I
    10. Losing You
    11. Dum Dum
    12. Coming On Strong
    13. Johnny One Time
    14. As Usual
    15. Fool # 1
    16. Too Many Rivers
    17. Heart In Hand
    18. Here Comes That Feelin'
    19. The Crying Game
    20. Big Four Poster Bed
    21. Broken Trust
    22. Jingle Bell Rock
    23. Nobody Wins
    24. Tell Me What It's Like
    25. Is It True
    26. Speak To Me Pretty
    27. The Cowgirl And The Dandy
    28. One Rainy Night In Tokyo (Japan)
    29. If You Love Me (Japan)

• All of Brenda's Decca albums reached gold status.

• Gold and Platinum Albums

    • Gold Album - "16 Classic Tracks" (U.K.)
    • Gold and Platinum Albums - "The Very Best of Brenda Lee" (U.K.)
    • Triple Gold Album - "Little Miss Dynamite" (U.K., Holland, Germany)
    • Gold Album - "The Early Years" (U.K.)
    • Gold Album - k.d. lang Album, "Shadowland" (Honky Tonk Angels' Medley)
• More double-sided hits than any other woman in pop music.

• Charted in more categories (including Pop/Rock, Rock, Easy Listening and Country) than any other female in the history of recorded music.

• Brenda made a Royal Command Performance before Queen Elizabeth II of England on November 2, 1964. She sang "All the Way."

• Inducted into the Georgia Hall of Fame on September 23, 1982 and received a Georgy.

• Received the prestigious Governor's Award on September 6, 1984 at Vanderbilt Plaza Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. This award is from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). Only 4 other artists had received this award before Brenda over a 20 year history of NARAS. The other award winners were: Wesley Rose, Bill Williams, Roy Acuff, and Kitty Wells. This award is given to a person who had made a contribution to the recording industry that merits recognition surpassing all other traditional awards and honors. The evening was titled appropriately "A Tribute to a Legend." The ceremonies were attended by family, friends, fans, music industry executives, and performers in country music. Each came to say "Thanks Brenda for what you have done for the entire music world and for Nashville in particular." Mayor Richard Fulton declared it Brenda Lee Day in Nashville, Tennessee. Governor Lamar Alexander proclaimed it Brenda Lee Day in the State of Tennessee. Brenda moved the audience to tears with an emotional speech following the accolades of the evening. At the end of the speech the audience rose to give her a standing ovation. The last standing ovation occurred when the show was closed with Brenda singing an incredibly emotional 18 song medley with Owen Bradley at piano.

• October 3, 1987 was declared Brenda Lee Day in Lithonia, Georgia. A street, Brenda Lee Lane, was named in her honor. Festivities included a parade with Brenda as Grand Marshall, the presentation of the street sign, declaration of Brenda Lee Day in Lithonia, and a reunion with the TV Wranglers.

• In 1990, a miniature rose was named for Brenda by the American Rose Society. The rose is yellow with pink or red edges and is smaller than other miniature roses.

• In 1977 Newsweek named the Top 20 artists of the past 20 years. Brenda was #7 behind Elvis, Beatles, Fats Domino and Rick Nelson but ahead of Connie Francis. She was also named as one of 5 American artists who best survived the coming of the Beatles and the British invasion in the 60s.

• In 1989 Brenda was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

• Most Consecutive Top Ten Hits - #9 All Time (males & females). The only 2 females ahead of Brenda are Madonna and Whitney Houston.

• Most Charted Singles - #21 All Time (males & females). The only 3 females ahead of Brenda are Aretha Franklin, Connie Francis and Dionne Warwick.

• For the entire decade of the 1960s, Brenda is the Top Female Charted Act and 4th overall behind Elvis, the Beatles, and Ray Charles. Brenda is #27 which includes all acts since the beginning of the Billboard charts in 1955 according to Joel Whitburn's "Top Pop Singles 1955-1990" based on the Billboard charts.

• Brenda has appeared on virtually every major TV show in the United States and in foreign countries.

• On September 23, 1997, Brenda was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. She is the first of the baby-boomers and the youngest person to ever be presented this prestigious honor.




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