Awards and Nominations

Across his career, Sammy Davis, Jr. was nominated for an Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Golden Globe. He co-hosted the Academy Awards in 1972 and 1975, and co-hosted the Emmy Awards in 1965.

Entertainment Awards

Year Award Category  Nominee Result
1956 Emmy Best Specialty Act — Single or Group Sammy Davis, Jr. Nominee
1963 Grammy Record of the Year “What Kind of Fool Am I?” Nominee
1963 Grammy Male Solo Vocal Performance “What Kind of Fool Am I?” Nominee
1965 Tony Best Actor — Musical “Golden Boy” (1964) Nominee
1966 Emmy Outstanding Variety Special “The Swinging World of Sammy Davis Jr.” Nominee
1972 Grammy Pop Male Vocalist “The Candy Man” Nominee
1977 Golden Globe Best TV Actor — Musical/Comedy “Sammy and Company” (1975) Nominee
1980 Daytime Emmy Outstanding Cameo Appearance in a Daytime Drama Series “One Life to Live” Nominee
1989 Emmy Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series “The Cosby Show” Nominee
1990 Emmy Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special “Sammy Davis Jr.’s 60th Anniversary Celebration” Winner
2001 Grammy Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
2002 Grammy Grammy Hall of Fame Award “What Kind of Fool Am I?” Inducted

Other Honours

Year Organisation Award
1949 Metronome Magazine Most Outstanding New Personality
1960 Hollywood Walk of Fame Star at 6254 Hollywood Blvd.
1965 B’nai B’rith International Man of the Year
1968 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) NAACP Spingarn Medal Award
1971 Wilberforce University (Ohio) Honorary Doctorate – Fine Arts
1974 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Special Citation Award
1979 American Black Achievement Awards Ebony Lifetime Achievement Award
1981 Atlanta University Honorary Doctorate – Literature
1987 Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Honoree
1987 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Kennedy Center Honors
1988 South Carolina State College (now SCSU) Honorary Doctorate
1989 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) NAACP Image Award
1989 Variety Club International Humanitarian of the Year
2005 American Tap Dance Foundation Hall of Fame Honoree
2006 Las Vegas Walk of Stars Star at Riviera Hotel
2008 Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site International Civil Rights Walk of Fame