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  • 35 Grammy award nominations
  • Winner of 20 Grammy awards, including an unprecedented 7 in a row for 7 consecutive PMG recordings. (The Group has won a total of 10)
  • 3 Gold Records (Secret Story, Still Live Talking, Letter From Home)
  • DownBeat Hall of Fame - Inducted in November, 2013
  • 42 recordings totaling about 20 million records sold worldwide

Nominated in 12 different Grammy Award categories, winning in 10 of them. No one else has won in 10 different categories.

  • Best Contemporary Jazz Performance
  • Best Pop Instrumental Performance
  • Best Jazz Instrumental Solo Performance
  • Best Jazz Instrumental Album by Individual or Group
  • Best Rock Instrumental Performance
  • Best Instrumental Composition
  • Best Jazz Fusion Performance
  • Best Jazz Performance
  • Best New Age Album
  • Best Arrangement on an Instrumental
  • Best Country Instrumental Performance

2016

  • JazzTimes: Best Guitarist  Pat Metheny
  • Downbeat Readers Poll AwardsBest Guitarist - Pat Metheny

2015

  • Downbeat Readers Poll Awards: Best Guitarist - Pat Metheny
  • Echo Award: International Ensemble Of The Year For KIN(←→)

2014

  • JazzTimes: Best Guitarist  Pat Metheny
  • Echo Award: Best Guitar Instrumentalist  TAP: John Zorn's Book of Angels Vol. 20  Pat Metheny
  • Downbeat Readers Poll Awards: Best Guitarist  Pat Metheny
  • Downbeat Readers Poll Awards: Best Jazz Album  Kin  The Pat Metheny Unity Group
  • Downbeat Readers Poll Awards: Best Jazz Group  The Pat Metheny Unity Group
  • Goya Award (Spain): Best Original Score for Vivir Es Fácil Con Los Ojos Cerrados (Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed) – Pat Metheny

2013

  • DownBeat Hall of Fame – Pat Metheny
  • DownBeat Readers Poll: Guitarist of the Year – Pat Metheny
  • JazzTimes Readers Poll: #1 Jazz Guitarist – Pat Metheny
  • JazzTimes Readers Poll: #1 Contemporary/Electric Group – Pat Metheny Unity Band – Pat Metheny
  • JazzTimes Readers Poll: #2 Best New Release of 2012: Pat Metheny Unity Band – Pat Metheny

2012

  • Grammy Award: Best Jazz Instrumental Album – Unity Band – Pat Metheny Unity Band
  • DownBeat Readers Poll: Guitarist of the Year – Pat Metheny

2011

  • Grammy Award: Best New Age Album – What’s It All About – Pat Metheny
  • DownBeat Readers Poll: Guitarist of the Year – Pat Metheny

2010

  • DownBeat 75th Readers Poll Award: : Best Jazz Album of the Year – Orchestrion – Pat Metheny
  • DownBeat 75th Readers Poll Award: Guitarist of the Year – Pat Metheny

2009

  • DownBeat 74th Readers Poll Award: Best Jazz Group – Pat Metheny Trio
  • DownBeat 74th Readers Poll Award: Guitarist of the Year – Pat Metheny
  • Guitar Player Magazine: 2009 Reader’s Poll – Best Jazz Guitarist – Pat Metheny
  • Acoustic Guitar Magazine: Best Acoustic Guitarist – Readers Poll – Pat Metheny

2008

  • All About Jazz: 10 Best of 2008 (new releases) TOKYO DAY TRIP – Pat Metheny Trio
  • All About Jazz: 10 Best of 2008 (reissues) QUESTION & ANSWER – Pat Metheny w/Dave Holland & Roy Haynes
  • NPR Music: Best CDs of 2008 – DAY TRIP – Pat Metheny Trio
  • Grammy Award Nomination: Best Jazz Instrumental Album – DAY TRIP – Pat Metheny Trio
  • Grammy Award Nomination: Best Jazz Instrumental Solo – SON OF THIRTEEN (from Day Trip) – Pat Metheny
  • Grammy Award Nomination: Best Country Instrumental Performance – IS THIS AMERICA (KATRINA 2005) From Charlie Haden’s Ramblin Boy recording – Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Jerry Douglas, Bruce Hornsby
  • DownBeat 73rd Annual Readers Poll Award: Guitarist of the Year – Pat Metheny
  • DownBeat 73rd Annual Readers Poll Award: Jazz Group of the Year – Pat Metheny Trio
  • DownBeat: DownBeat Critics Poll Award for Guitarist of the Year – Pat Metheny

2007

  • Grammy Award: Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group – Pilgrimage – Michael Brecker (Pat Metheny Co-Producer)
  • DownBeat: Guitarist of the Year – Pat Metheny
  • DownBeat: Jazz Album of The Year – Metheny/Mehldau – Pat Metheny/Brad Mehldau
  • iTunes: Best of 2006 – Jazz – Metheny Mehldau
  • JazzTimes Magazine: Best Contemporary/Electric Group – Pat Metheny Group
  • JazzTimes Magazine: Best Guitarist – Pat Metheny
  • Jazz Journalists Association: Best Guitarist – Pat Metheny

2006

  • Popmatters.com: Top 10 Recordings of 2006 – Metheny Mehldau – Pat Metheny
  • Pat Metheny: Jazziz Critics Choice Award 2005 – Pat Metheny Group
  • JazzTimes Magazine Reader’s Poll 2005: Best Jazz Guitarist – Pat Metheny
  • JazzTimes Magazine Reader’s Poll 2005: Best Comtemporary /Electric Group – Pat Metheny Group

2005

  • Grammy Award: Best Contemporary Jazz Album – The Way Up – Pat Metheny Group
  • All About Jazz: Top 10 Recordings of 2005 – THE WAY UP – Pat Metheny Group
  • All About Jazz: Top 5 Reissued Recordings of 2005 – SONG X 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION – Pat Metheny & Ornette Coleman
  • Echos NPR Radio Listener’s Poll: Top 5 Records of 2005 – The Way Up – Pat Metheny Group

2004

  • Boston Music Awards: Jazz Act of The Year – Pat Metheny Group
  • JazzTimes Readers Poll ’04: Best Guitarist – Pat Metheny
  • JazzTimes Readers Poll ’03: Best Contemporary Electric Group – Pat Metheny Group

2003

  • Grammy Award: Best New Age Album – One Quiet Night – Pat Metheny
  • Grammy Nomination: Best Pop Instrumental Performance – “As It Is” – Pat Metheny Group
  • Grammy Nomination: Best Jazz Instrumental Solo Performance – “Proof” – Pat Metheny

2002

  • Grammy Award: Best Contemporary Jazz Album – Speaking of Now – Pat Metheny Group
  • DownBeat Readers Poll: Best Electric Jazz Group – Pat Metheny Group
  • Edison Award (Netherlands): SPEAKING OF NOW – Best Instrumental Jazz Recording (international) – Pat Metheny Group
  • Boston Music Awards: Best National Jazz Act – Pat Metheny

2001

  • Adlib Magazine (Japan): Best Video 2001 – Imaginary Day Live – Pat Metheny Group
  • Swing Journal (Japan): Best Jazz Video – Imaginary Day Live – Pat Metheny Group
  • Boston Music Awards: Best National Jazz Act – Pat Metheny
  • JazzTimes Magazine: JazzTimes Reader’s Poll – Best Guitarist – Pat Metheny

2000

  • Grammy Award: Best Jazz Instrumental Solo – “(Go) Get It” – Pat Metheny
  • Jazziz Magazine Reader’s Poll: Best Guitarist – Pat Metheny
  • Jazziz Magazine Reader’s Poll: Top 10 Jazz Recordings of 2000 – Trio LIVE – Pat Metheny
  • BET/Billboard Jazz Awards: Best Soundtrack Album composed and performed by – Pat Metheny
  • JazzTimes Magazine: Best Guitarist – Pat Metheny

1999

  • Grammy Award : Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual or Group – Like Minds – Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Roy Haynes, Dave Holland
  • DownBeat Readers Poll: Best Electric Jazz Group – Pat Metheny Group
  • Bell Atlantic Jazz Awards: Radio Jazz Artist of the Year – Pat Metheny

1998

  • Grammy Award : Best Contemporary Jazz Performance – Imaginary Day – Pat Metheny Group
  • Grammy Award : Best Rock Instrumental Performance – “The Roots of Coincidence” – Pat Metheny Group
  • Jazziz: Best Electric Guitarist – Pat Metheny
  • DownBeat Readers Poll: Jazz Musician of the Year – Pat Metheny
  • DownBeat Readers Poll: #1 Electric Jazz Group – Pat Metheny Group

1997

  • Grammy Award : Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual or Group – Beyond the Missouri Sky (Short Stories) – Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny
  • Jazziz Readers Poll: Best Jazz Musician – Pat Metheny
  • Jazziz Readers Poll: Best Electric Guitarist – Pat Metheny
  • Jazziz Readers Poll: Best Jazz Fusion Group – Pat Metheny Group

1996

  • Fort Lauderdale Film Festival: Best Filmscore – for Gentle Into The Night a/k/a Passagio Per Il Paradiso – Pat Metheny
  • Boston Music Awards Nomination: Best Act of the Decade – Pat Metheny Group
  • Jazz Central Station Global Poll: Best Jazz Guitarist – Pat Metheny
  • JazzTimes Magazine: Best Contemporary Jazz Group – Pat Metheny Group
  • The Orville H. Gibson Award: Best Jazz Guitarist – Pat Metheny

1995

  • Grammy Award: Best Contemporary Jazz Performance – We Live Here – Pat Metheny Group
  • Adlib Magazine (Japan): Best Video 1995 – We Live Here – Live In Japan – Pat Metheny Group
  • Adlib Magazine (Japan): Best Album 1995 Grand Prix Award – We Live Here – Pat Metheny Group

1994

  • Grammy Nomination: Best Instrumental Composition – “Half Life of Absolution” The Road To You – Pat Metheny
  • Jazziz Readers Poll: Best Electric Guitarist – Pat Metheny
  • Jazziz Readers Poll: Best Musician – Pat Metheny
  • Boston Music Awards: Outstanding Jazz Album – The Road To You – Pat Metheny Group
  • Boston Music Awards: Outstanding Jazz Act – Pat Metheny Group
  • Boston Music Awards: Inducted into the BMA Hall of Fame – Pat Metheny
  • Adlib Magazine: Best Fusion Album – The Road To You – Pat Metheny Group
  • Adlib Magazine (Japan): Best Video – More Travels – Pat Metheny Group

1993

  • Grammy Award : Best Contemporary Jazz Performance Instrumental – The Road To You – Pat Metheny Group
  • Grammy Nomination: Best Contemporary Jazz Performance Instrumental for “Road To You” – Pat Metheny Group
  • Boston Music Awards: Best Jazz Album – Secret Story – Pat Metheny
  • Boston Music Awards: Best Jazz Act – Pat Metheny
  • Jazziz Readers Poll: Best Electric Guitarist – Pat Metheny
  • Jazziz Readers Poll: Top 3 Best Albums of All Time – Secret Story – Pat Metheny
  • Jazziz Readers Poll: Best Album Concept – Secret Story – Pat Metheny
  • Jazziz Readers Poll: Best Album by a Solo Artist – Secret Story – Pat Metheny
  • Jazziz Readers Poll: Musician of the Year – Pat Metheny
  • Adlib Magazine (Japan): Best Fusion Album – Secret Story – Pat Metheny

1992

  • Grammy Award : Best Contemporary Jazz Performance Instrumental – Secret Story – Pat Metheny
  • JazzTimes Readers Poll: Best Guitar Synthesizer Player – Pat Metheny
  • Jazziz Readers Poll: Best Electric Guitarist – Pat Metheny
  • Boston Music Awards: Best Jazz Group – Pat Metheny Group

1991

  • DownBeat Readers Poll: Best Electric Guitarist – Pat Metheny
  • JazzTimes Readers Poll: Best Guitar Synthesizer Player – Pat Metheny
  • The Orville H. Gibson Award: Best Jazz Guitarist – Pat Metheny

1990

  • Grammy Award : Best Instrumental Composition – Change of Heart – Pat Metheny
  • Keyboard Readers Poll: Alternate Controllers Award – Pat Metheny
  • DownBeat Magazine Readers Poll: Guitarist of the Year – Pat Metheny
  • Top Ten Records of 1990/Boston Globe: Question and Answer – Pat Metheny
  • Swing Journal Magazine Readers Poll: Best Guitarist – Pat Metheny
  • Swing Journal Magazine Readers Poll: Best Jazz Group – Pat Metheny Group
  • JazzTimes Readers Poll: Best Guitar Synthesizer – Pat Metheny
  • JazzTimes Readers Poll: Best Contemporary Jazz Artist – Pat Metheny
  • JazzTimes Readers Poll: Best Contemporary Jazz Group – Pat Metheny Group
  • Boston Music Awards: Outstanding Jazz Album – Letter From Home – Pat Metheny Group
  • Boston Music Awards: Outstanding Jazz Act – Pat Metheny Group

1989

  • Grammy Award : Best Jazz Fusion Performance – Letter From Home – Pat Metheny Group
  • R&R Magazine: #1 Jazz Album of the Year NAC and Jazz Format – Letter From Home – Pat Metheny Group
  • Gavin Report: #1 Jazz Album of the Year NAC and Jazz Format – Letter From Home – Pat Metheny Group
  • Keyboard Readers Poll: Alternate Controllers Award – Pat Metheny
  • DownBeat Magazine Readers Poll: Guitarist of the Year – Pat Metheny
  • DownBeat Magazine Readers Poll: Jazz Album of the Year – Letter From Home – Pat Metheny Group
  • Cash Box: Top Guitarist – Pat Metheny
  • Cash Box: Top Electric Jazz Act – Pat Metheny Group

1988

  • DownBeat Magazine Readers Poll: Best Guitarist – Pat Metheny
  • Cash Box Jazz Awards: Best Guitarist – Pat Metheny
  • Cash Box Jazz Awards: Top Electric Jazz Group – Pat Metheny Group

1987

  • Grammy Award : Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal or Instrumental – Still Life (Talking) – Pat Metheny Group
  • Grammy Nomination: Best Instrumental Composition – Minuano (six-eight) – Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays
  • Boston Globe Readers Poll: Best Jazz Musician – Pat Metheny
  • DownBeat Magazine Readers Poll: Best Electric Jazz Group – Pat Metheny Group
  • DownBeat Magazine Readers Poll: Best Jazz Guitarist – Pat Metheny
  • Boston Music Awards: Best Guitarist – Pat Metheny
  • Boston Music Awards: Best Jazz Act (Major Label) – Pat Metheny Group
  • Rolling Stone: Top 100 Pop Albums – Still Life (Talking) – Pat Metheny Group
  • USA Today: Top 10 Best Jazz Albums – Still Life (Talking) – Pat Metheny Group
  • R&R Magazine: #1 Top Jazz Album – Still Life (Talking) – Pat Metheny Group
  • Hi Fi Magazine Readers Poll (Germany): Best Jazz Fusion Album – Still Life (Talking) – Pat Metheny Group
  • Boston Music Awards: Best Jazz Album (Major Label) – Still Life (Talking) – Pat Metheny Group

1986

  • Cash Box Magazine: Best Jazz Group – Pat Metheny Group
  • International Musician & Recording World: Music Award Poll Best Jazz Group or Artist – Pat Metheny Group
  • Boston Music Awards: Outstanding Jazz Fusion Group – Pat Metheny Group
  • Boston Music Awards: Outstanding Guitarist – Pat Metheny
  • Guitar Player Magazine: Gallery of Greats Best Jazz Guitarist 1982-1986 – Pat Metheny
  • Guitar Player Magazine: Best Jazz Guitarist – Pat Metheny
  • DownBeat Magazine: Best Jazz Guitarist – Pat Metheny
  • Jazziz Readers Poll: Best Jazz Musician – Pat Metheny
  • Boston Music Awards: Outstanding Jazz Album – Song X – Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman
  • Jazziz Readers Poll: Best Group Album – Song X – Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman
  • New York Times (John Pareles): Top Album – Song X – Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman
  • USA Today: Top Jazz Album – Song X – Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman
  • Cash Box Magazine: Best Jazz Collaboration Album – Song X – Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman
  • DownBeat Magazine Readers Poll: Best Jazz Album – Song X – Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman
  • DownBeat International Critics Poll: Record of the Year – Song X – Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman

1985

  • Guitar Player Magazine Readers Poll: Best Jazz Guitarist – Pat Metheny
  • Cash Box Magazine: Top Jazz Album – First Circle – Pat Metheny Group
  • Cash Box Magazine: Best Jazz Group – Pat Metheny Group
  • International Musician & Recording World: Music Award Poll Best Jazz Group or Artist – Pat Metheny Group

1984

  • Grammy Award : Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal or Instrumental – First Circle – Pat Metheny Group
  • International Musician & Recording World: Best Jazz Group or Artist Music Award Poll Winners – Pat Metheny Group
  • Guitar Player Magazine Readers Poll: Best Jazz – Guitarist – Pat Metheny
  • Academie Du Jazz (France): Best Contemporary Jazz Recording of the Year – Rejoicing – Pat Metheny/Charlie Haden/Billy Higgins
  • NACA Award: Campus Attraction of the Year (Jazz) – Pat Metheny Group

1983

  • Grammy Award : Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal or Instrumental – Travels – Pat Metheny Group
  • Swing Journal (Japan): Best Guitarist – Pat Metheny
  • Performance Magazine: Best Instrumentalist of the Year – Pat Metheny
  • NACA Award: College Campus Jazz Entertainer of the Year – Pat Metheny
  • DownBeat Magazine Readers” Poll: Best Jazz Guitarist – Pat Metheny
  • Guitar Player Magazine: Best Jazz Guitarist – Pat Metheny
  • Cash Box: Best Jazz Group – Pat Metheny Group

1982

  • Grammy Award : Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal or Instrumental – Offramp – Pat Metheny Group
  • Grammy Award Nomination: Best Instrumental Composition – Are You Going With Me – Pat Metheny
  • Grammy Award Nomination: Best Arrangement on an Instrumental – “Are You Going With Me” – Pat Metheny
  • Performance Magazine Readers Poll: Best Jazz Act of the Year – Pat Metheny Group
  • Playboy Readers Poll: Best Jazz Album – Offramp – Pat Metheny Group
  • Rolling Stone Readers Poll: Best Jazz Performer of the Year – Pat Metheny
  • Guitar Player Magazine: Best Jazz Guitarist – Pat Metheny

1981

  • Grammy Award Nomination: Best Jazz Performance – As Falls Wichita So Falls Wichita Falls – Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays
  • Grammy Award Nomination: Best Instrumental Composition – title track “As Falls Wichita So Falls Wichita Falls” – Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays
  • Performance Magazine: Top 40 Grossing Touring Acts in North America – Pat Metheny Group
  • Playboy Readers Poll: Best Jazz Album – As Falls Wichita – So Falls Wichita Falls

1980

  • Grammy Award Nomination: Best Jazz Performance – Vocal or Instrumental – American Garage – Pat Metheny Group
  • Musician Magazine: Jazz Artist Who Made the Greatest Impact on the ’70s – Pat Metheny
  • Musician Magazine Readers Poll: Guitarist Making the Most Impact on the ’80s – Pat Metheny
  • New York Jazz Awards: Best Album of the Year – 80/81 – Pat Metheny Group
  • Cash Box: Top Groups of the Year – American Garage – Pat Metheny Group
  • German Record Critics Award: Jazz Record of the Year – 80/81 – Pat Metheny Group

1979

  • DownBeat Critics Poll: Artist Deserving Wider Recognition – Pat Metheny
  • Record World Magazine: Jazz Album of the Year – New Chautauqua – Pat Metheny
  • New York Jazz Awards: Best Album of the Year – American Garage – Pat Metheny Group
  • New York Jazz Awards: Best Jazz Guitarist of the Year – Pat Metheny