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Mormons Who Have Won Grammy Awards (+ LDS Nominees)


3. Marie Osmond

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As her older brothers were skyrocketing to fame, Marie Osmond made her national debut on The Andy Williams Show at age 3.

Osmond broke barriers as she built a successful solo career. At just 12 years old, she became the youngest female artist to have her debut album hit #1 on the charts and receive a Grammy nomination. In 1973, Osmond received Grammy nominations for Best New Artist of the Year and for "Paper Roses," Best Country Vocal Performance, Female. She continued to have several Billboard hits throughout the '70s and '80s and was again nominated for a Grammy Award in 1985 for "Meet Me in Montana," Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Watch Marie Osmond sing "Paper Roses" in this clip from 1973.


4. Leigh Harline

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Songwriter and Latter-day Saint Leigh Harline is best known for his work at Walt Disney Studios. He famously co-wrote the song "When You Wish Upon a Star" for Disney's animated film Pinocchio (1940).

Harline won two Academy Awards for the song: Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song. It was the first Disney song to win an Oscar. After being hired by Walt Disney, Harline scored more than 50 songs and worked on favorites such as “Whistle While You Work,” “Heigh Ho,” and “Someday My Prince Will Come.” In 1977, Harline was posthumously nominated for a Grammy Award for for Best Recording for Children, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).

5. SHeDaisy

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SHeDaisy, comprised of three Mormon sisters—Kristyn, Kelsi, and Kassidy Osborn, who moved from Utah to Nashville to pursue their dreams of stardom—took the country music scene by storm in the 1990s. They've had five albums crack the top 10 on the "Top Country Albums" chart and 15 singles reach the "Hot Country Songs" chart. Their hits include "Little Good-Byes," "This Woman Needs," "I Will… But," and "Don't Worry 'bout a Thing."

Their debut album, The Whole SHeBANG, became a double-platinum album. The band has toured with artists like Alabama, Dolly Parton, and Brad Paisley and has also performed for three U.S. presidents. They have won or been nominated for several awards, winning the CMT Video Rising Star Award and the Billboard Music Video Award for Best New Artist Clip (for "Little Good-Byes") in 1999. That year, they also earned a Grammy Award nomination for "Little Good-Byes," Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. They were also nominated for Best Country Duo or Group at the American Music Awards in 2004.

“We’ve met some people who have joined the Church through our music,” Kelsi (Osborn) Simpson told LDS Living. “That is the greatest reward for what we do. It’s a form of missionary work—it always has been for me.”

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