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Stars Who Won Awards Posthumously

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They may be gone, but they're certainly not forgotten.

He won the 2021 Golden Globe Award for best actor in a motion picture (drama) for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, six months after he died of colon cancer. 

Chadwick Boseman

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"He would say something beautiful ... that would amplify that little voice inside of all of us that tells you, ‘you can.’"

Simone Ledward Boseman at the 2021 Golden Globes

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Ledger won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor of 2008 for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight. He had died a year earlier at age 28. 

Heath Ledger

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"Every time I really miss him and wonder where he’s gone, I just look at [our daughter]."

Michelle Williams to Vogue

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The singer died in 2011 at age 27. In 2012, she won the Grammy for best pop duo/group performance for her song “Body and Soul” with Tony Bennett. 

Amy Winehouse

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Disney won 20 Oscars, the last awarded in 1969 for Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, three years after his death. 

Walt Disney

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The genius singer-songwriter and pianist died in 2004 but won five Grammys after that. Cumulatively, Charles won 17 Grammys out of 37 nominations. 

Ray Charles

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Finch was the first to win an Oscar for acting posthumously. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor of 1976 for his role in Network, just two months after his death.

Peter Finch


The beloved Star Wars actress died in 2016 and was awarded a Grammy for best spoken word album for The Princess Diarist

Carrie Fisher

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Film and fashion icon Hepburn was awarded both an Emmy and a Grammy after her death in 1993. 

Audrey Hepburn


The rock star and one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time died from liver cancer in 2016. His album Blackstar won five Grammys at the 2017 ceremony. 

David Bowie


"He’s hiding in plain sight. His fans are still around, his music is still relevant."

Iman to Harper’s Bazaar

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The comedian posthumously won a Grammy for best spoken word album for her book Diary of a Mad Diva in 2015.

Joan Rivers

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