Morna Anne Murray CC ONS (born June 20, 1945) is a Canadian singer known professionally as Anne Murray. Her albums consisting primarily of pop, country, and adult contemporary music have sold over 55 million copies worldwide during her 40-year career.
Murray was the first Canadian female solo singer to reach No. 1 on the U.S. charts, and also the first to earn a Gold record for one of her signature songs, “Snowbird” (1970). She is often cited as one of the female Canadian artists who paved the way for other international Canadian success stories such as k.d. lang, Céline Dion, and Shania Twain. She is also the first woman and the first Canadian to win “Album of the Year” at the 1984 Country Music Association Awards for her Gold-plus 1983 album A Little Good News.
Murray has received four Grammys, a record 24 Junos, three American Music Awards, three Country Music Association Awards, and three Canadian Country Music Association Awards. She has been inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, the Juno Hall of Fame, The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame. She is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame Walkway of Stars in Nashville, and has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles and on Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto.
In 2011, Billboard ranked her 10th on their list of the 50 Biggest Adult Contemporary Artists Ever.
Grammy Award Nominations/Wins:
1970 – Best New Artist; Best Contemporary Vocal Performance, Female, “Snowbird”
1973 – Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, “Danny’s Song”
1974 – Best Country Vocal Performance, Female, Love Song (WON)
1978 – Record of the Year, “You Needed Me”; Best Country Vocal Performance, Female, “Walk Right Back”; Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, “You Needed Me” (WON)
1979 – Best Recording for Children, Anne Murray Sings for the Sesame Street Generation
1980 – Best Country Vocal Performance, Female, “Could I Have This Dance” (WON)
1983 – Best Country Vocal Performance, Female, “A Little Good News” (WON)
1984 – Best Country Vocal Performance, Female, Heart Over Mind; Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, “Nobody Loves Me Like You Do”