Ridiculous Grammy winners, from Winnie the Pooh to Baha Men

Posted on Feb 15 2016 - 4:01pm by
Rob Pilatus, left, and Fab Morvan of Milli Vanilli give the thumbs-up as they display their Grammys after being presented with the Best New Artist award.DOUGLAS C. PIZAC/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Rob Pilatus, left, and Fab Morvan of Milli Vanilli give the thumbs-up as they display their Grammys after being presented with the Best New Artist award.

Taylor Swift, Adele and Bruno Mars are expected to go home with an armful of Grammys after tonight’s award ceremony, but it’s not all great company.

Since the first Grammy Awards ceremony in 1959, hundreds of performers have taken home the golden gramaphone, some more worthy than others.

Here’s a look at some of the most surprising winners:

Mikhail Gorbachev, Sophia Loren and Bill Clinton

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev receives his Grammy Award for his recording together with President Clinton and actress Sophia Loren of the Russian folk tale "Peter and the Wolf."MANUEL BALCE CENETA/AP

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev receives his Grammy Award for his recording together with President Clinton and actress Sophia Loren of the Russian folk tale “Peter and the Wolf.”

If ever there was a stranger collaboration. In 2003, Loren did the English narration for “Peter and the Wolf,” and orchestral composition by Sergei Prokofiev. Clinton narrated “Wolf Tracks,” the sequel, and Gorbachev provided the Russian narration for three spoken-word sections.

Baha Men

If any one-hit wonder was going to win a Grammy, “Who Let the Dogs Out?” was the right choice.

The Baha Men won Best Dance Recording for their hit single in 2000.

Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart won a Grammy for Best Comedy Album and one for Spoken Word Album.CLIFF LIPSON/CBS

Jon Stewart won a Grammy for Best Comedy Album and one for Spoken Word Album.

The former “Daily Show” host won two Grammys: Best Comedy Album in 2004 for “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents…America: A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction” and in 2010 for Spoken Word Album for “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents Earth.”

Magic Johnson

The famous Laker won a Grammy in 1992 for his narration of his book “What You Can Do To Avoid AIDS,” a diagnosis he revealed in November 1991.

Jimmy Carter

Carter won his Grammy award in 2006 for the narration of “Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis.”

The former president has been nominated for a total of seven Grammys.

Sesame Street

"Sesame Street" has won two Grammys for Best Album for Children.Kathy Willens/ASSOCIATED PRESS

“Sesame Street” has won two Grammys for Best Album for Children.

The Big Bird, Elmo and crew have graced the Grammy stage multiple times, with two wins for Best Album for Children in 1971 and 1982.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton holds up her award for Best Spoken Award or Non Musical Album for her book "It Takes A Village" during the 39th Annual Grammy Awards.KATHY WILLENS/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Hillary Rodham Clinton holds up her award for Best Spoken Award or Non Musical Album for her book “It Takes A Village” during the 39th Annual Grammy Awards.

The Democratic presidential candidate won a 1997 Grammy for her narration of “It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us,” her book about the external impacts on a child’s well-being.

Betty White

The ageless White won a Grammy in 2011 for the spoken word recording of her best-selling book “If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t).”

Milli Vanilli

R&B duo Milli Vanilli won a 1990 Grammy for Best New Artist, an award that was almost immediately retracted after the discovery that neither Fab Morvan nor Rob Pilatus actually sang on their record.

A replacement Grammy was never awarded to the runners-up in the category, which included Indigo Girls, Soul II Soul and Neneh Cherry.

Winnie the Pooh

The honey-obsessed bear and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood won a 1975 Grammy for Best Recording For Children with “Winnie The Pooh And Tigger Too,” which included the song “The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers.”

kfeldman@nydailynews.com

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