The most anticipated event in the music industry is right around the corner – with dozens of talented celebrities lining up on the red carpet to see who will take home a golden award from the 60th annual Grammy Awards.
On Sunday 28 January the radio's favorite singers will take to the stage and perform some of the biggest hits from the past year to millions across the US.
As the weekend approaches, fans are more eager than ever to see who takes home the coveted Record of the Year – but did you know some of this year’s nominees already possess Guinness World Records titles for their music careers?
Ahead of this year’s 60th Grammy ceremony, here are the record-breaking achievements you favorite artists currently hold.
Most streamed track worldwide
Latin hit single Despacito is on track to win the top award at this year’s Grammys, probably due to its overwhelming popularity since its initial release.
According to our records, the single has been streamed more than 4.6 billion times worldwide as of 19 July 2017.
Originally performed by Luis Fonsi (b. Luis Alfonso López-Cepero) with Daddy Yankee (b. Ramón Rodríguez; both Puerto Rico), the song's popularity was subsequently boosted by a remix featuring Justin Bieber (Canada), which took it into the record books just 188 days after its release on 12 January 2017.
Most weeks in Top 10 of US Hot 100
Newly engaged Ed Sheeran has a few nominations lined up for himself thanks to his album Divide.
The album most beloved single is undoubtedly Shape of You which spent 33 consecutive weeks inside the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 10, including 12 weeks at No.1, from 28 January-9 September.
The track took the record from How Do I Live (LeAnn Rimes, 1997–98) and Closer (The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, 2016), which both racked up 32 weeks inside the Top 10.
In the US alone, Shape of You had sold 2.3 million downloads and attracted 813 million audio and video streams as of 24 August 2017.
Fastest-selling digital album (US)
Before Lady Gaga’s Grammy nominated album, Joanne, there came Born this Way which is the fastest-selling digital album in history.
The record generated 662,000 first-week sales and was the first album to debut in a social network game GagaVille.
It sold 1.1 million copies in total in its first week, a figure that was boosted by Amazon’s decision to sell the album for 99 cents.
The fastest-selling digital album by a female before Born this Way was Taylor Swift’s Speak Now which sold 278,000 units in week one, in November 2010.
Most No. 1 rap albums on the US album chart
As of 28 February 2015, rapper Jay Z (USA, b. Shawn Carter) had scored 13 No.1 albums on the US Billboard 200:
- Vol.2... Hard Knock Life (1998)
- Vol.3... Life and Times of S Carter (1999)
- The Dynasty: Roc La Familia (2000)
- The Blueprint (2001)
- The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse (2002)
- The Black Album (2003), Unfinished Business (2004, with R Kelly)
- Collision Course (2004, with Linkin Park)
- Kingdom Come (2006)
- American Gangster (2007)
- The Blueprint 3 (2009)
- Watch the Throne (2011, with Kanye West)
- Magna Carta Holy Grail (2013)
The 4:44 artist also has more US No.1 albums (13) than any other solo act in the history of the Billboard 200. Only The Beatles (UK), with 19 No.1s between 1964 and 2000, have had more at a given time. Bruce Springsteen (USA) is third with 11 chart-toppers (1980-2014).
Highest-paid DJ in one year
Even if Calvin Harris doesn’t win Producer of the Year, he is still the Highest-paid DJ in one year.
Earning a staggering $63 million (£43.1 million) in the 12 months to 1 June 2016, Harris topped the highest-earning DJ list for the previous two years also, earning $66 million per annum in both cases. His earning power was boosted by his lucrative club residency in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Most followed male chart-topper on Musical.ly
Bruno Mars is having his 24 K Magic affect on popular app Musical.ly having 1.2 million followers on the video-sharing application.
Mars is the most popular male chart-topper on Musical.ly, although other male celebrities who share videos of themselves lip-syncing to other people's songs or recording their own material, most notably US chart star Jacob Sartorius (USA) with 16.7 million followers, can boast many more fans.
Most "liked" female on Facebook
Even if the El Dorado star does not receive the Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album this year, she still has a solid fan base on Facebook to support her.
Her official page has a total of104,547,254 likes as of 11 May 2017.
The Latina singer also happens to be the most popular musician on the social network, and has the fourth most liked page on Facebook overall, after Facebook for Every Phone, Facebook and soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
As a matter of fact, Shakira was the first person on Facebook to attract 100 million likes, on 18 July 2014.
Most followers on Twitter for an actor (male)
While he is not a professional singer, Kevin Hart is certainly a performer – and nominated for Best Comedy album.
His popularity carries well into his social media - as of 23 August 2016, US actor and comedian Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) – best known for his roles in movies such as Ride Along (2014) and Get Hard (2015) – was the most popular male actor on Twitter, with 30,587,133 followers.
Highest billboard chart rise in one week
Though Kelly Clarkson was mostly popular after her 2002 win on American Idol, the Grammy-nominated pop star is still going strong.
Her single "My Life Would Suck Without You" rose from 97th to the top spot in the billboard chart after it sold 280,000 downloads in its first week of release on 28 January 2009 – earning her a world record alongside several other music accolades.
Highest-grossing music tour for a band (current year)
Coldplay (UK) grossed an estimated $241 million (£195.8 million) from their A Head Full of Dreams tour, making it the highest-grossing tour for a band in 2016.
The tour comprised 60 shows across 44 cities and sold an estimated 2,676,425 tickets worldwide.