Teddy Pendergrass entered the spotlight as the lead singer in the R&B group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in the 1970s. However, it wasn't until he went solo with his 1977 self-titled album that he started to gain more attention by the Grammy voting committee.

Nominated five times for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance including his cover of the Bee Gee's hit, 'How Do You Mend a Broken Heart,' none of these nominations turned into a win for Pendergrass, who had more than 10 albums in his catalog.