Grammy Award for Album of the Year
|Grammy Award for Album of the Year|
Gilded gramophone trophy presented to Grammy Award winners
|Awarded for||quality vocal or instrumental recording albums|
|Presented by||National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences|
The Grammy Award for Album of the Year is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position." Album of the Year is the most prestigious and final award category at the Grammys having been presented since 1959. Although it was originally presented to the artist alone, the award is now presented to the main artist, the featured artist(s), the producer, the engineer and/or mixer and the mastering engineer. In 1962, the award name was extended to Album of the Year (other than classical) but, in 1965, the shorter name returned. It was not until 1968, 1969, 1999, 2011, and 2014 that the award was won by a rock, country, hip hop, indie, or electronic music album respectively. As of 2012, classical albums are eligible for this award, with the award for Best Classical Album being discontinued.
Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, and Daniel Lanois (as producer) are the biggest winners in this category with three victories each. Paul McCartney leads all performers with nine nominations: five as a member of The Beatles, three for solo albums, and one as a member of Wings. Frank Sinatra leads solo performers with eight nominations, seven for solo albums and one for a duet album. Paul McCartney and Paul Simon are the only artists with nominations in every decade from the 1960s to the 2000s.
Norah Jones is the only female artist with the most wins in this category with three, for her own album, Come Away with Me, and as a featured artist on Ray Charles' Genius Loves Company and Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters. Natalie Cole, Lauryn Hill, Alison Krauss and Bonnie Raitt are all tied with two wins each, winning for their respective albums, Unforgettable... with Love, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Raising Sand and Nick of Time and as featured artists (Hill on Santana's Supernatural, Cole and Raitt on Ray Charles' Genius Loves Company and Krauss on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack). To date, a female has not won the award more than once for her own albums.
The youngest album artist to win is Taylor Swift, who won the award for Fearless in 2010 at the age of 19. The Peasall Sisters, Sarah, Hannah and Leah, are the category's youngest credited winners, winning for their contributions to the album O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack at the ages of 13, 9, and 7 respectively. Leah Peasall is the youngest winner of any Grammy in any category. The youngest person to make an appearance on an Album of the Year is Stevie Wonder's daughter Aisha Morris who appeared on "Isn't She Lovely?" off the album Songs in the Key of Life as an infant.
The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was the first album by a rock and roll artist to win, Glen Campbell's By The Time I Get To Phoenix was the first by a country artist, Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill first by a hip hop artist, Arcade Fire's The Suburbs the first Indie artist, and Daft Punk's Random Access Memories the first by an electronic music artist.
Only two artists have ever been awarded the Grammy for "Album of the Year" in two consecutive years, Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder. Sinatra had wins in 1966 and 1967 and Wonder followed with wins in 1974 and 1975. Wonder and Sinatra both won the most Grammys for Album of the Year within a decade. Sinatra had wins in 1960, 1966 and 1967, while Wonder had wins in 1974, 1975 and 1977.
To date, there have been two "live" albums to win the award: Judy at Carnegie Hall and The Concert For Bangladesh, though two "MTV Unplugged" albums (Eric Clapton's and Tony Bennett's) have won the award as well, which were performed in front of an intimate, live audience. One television soundtrack recording was also the very first recipient: The Music from Peter Gunn. Two comedy albums have also triumphed in this category: The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart and The First Family. There have been three soundtrack compilation albums that have been successful, as well: Saturday Night Fever, The Bodyguard and O Brother, Where Art Thou?.
Lady Gaga was also known to have her first three major released albums (The Fame, The Fame Monster and Born This Way) to be nominated for this category for three consecutive years without winning from 2010 to 2012.
|1959||Mancini, HenryHenry Mancini||The Music from Peter Gunn|||
|1960||Sinatra, FrankFrank Sinatra||Come Dance with Me!|||
|1961||Newhart, BobBob Newhart||The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart|||
|1962||Garland, JudyJudy Garland||Judy at Carnegie Hall|||
|1963||Meader, VaughnVaughn Meader||The First Family|||
|1964||Streisand, BarbraBarbra Streisand||The Barbra Streisand Album|||
|1965||Getz, StanStan Getz & João Gilberto||Getz/Gilberto|||
|1966||Sinatra, FrankFrank Sinatra
produced by Sonny Burke
|September of My Years|
|1967||Sinatra, FrankFrank Sinatra
produced by Sonny Burke
|A Man and His Music|
produced by George Martin
|Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band|||
|1969||Campbell, GlenGlen Campbell
produced by Al De Lory
|By the Time I Get to Phoenix|||
|1970||Blood, Sweat & Tears
produced by James William Guercio
|Blood, Sweat & Tears|||
|1971||Simon & Garfunkel
produced by Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon & Roy Halee
|Bridge over Troubled Water|||
|1972||King, CaroleCarole King
produced by Lou Adler
|1973||Harrison, GeorgeGeorge Harrison & Friends (Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton & Klaus Voormann)
produced by George Harrison & Phil Spector
|The Concert for Bangla Desh|||
|1974||Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder
produced by Stevie Wonder
|1975||Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder
produced by Stevie Wonder
|Fulfillingness' First Finale|
|1976||Simon, PaulPaul Simon
produced by Paul Simon & Phil Ramone
|Still Crazy After All These Years|||
|1977||Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder
produced by Stevie Wonder
|Songs in the Key of Life|||
produced by Fleetwood Mac, Ken Caillat & Richard Dashut
|1979||Bee Gees/Various artists [A]||Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track|||
|1980||Joel, BillyBilly Joel
produced by Phil Ramone
|1981||Cross, ChristopherChristopher Cross
produced by Michael Omartian
|1982||Lennon, JohnJohn Lennon & Yoko Ono
produced by Jack Douglas, John Lennon & Yoko Ono
produced by Toto
|1984||Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
produced by Michael Jackson & Quincy Jones
|1985||Richie, LionelLionel Richie
produced by James Anthony Carmichel & Lionel Richie
|Can't Slow Down|||
|1986||Collins, PhilPhil Collins
produced by Hugh Padgham & Phil Collins
|No Jacket Required|||
|1987||Simon, PaulPaul Simon
produced by Roy Halee & Paul Simon
produced by Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois
|The Joshua Tree|||
|1989||Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael
produced by George Michael
|1990||Raitt, BonnieBonnie Raitt
produced by Don Was
|Nick of Time|||
|1991||Jones, QuincyQuincy Jones and various artists
produced by Quincy Jones
|Back on the Block|||
|1992||Cole, NatalieNatalie Cole
produced by Andre Fischer, David Foster & Tommy LiPuma
|Unforgettable... with Love|||
|1993||Clapton, EricEric Clapton
produced by Russ Titelman
|1994||Houston, WhitneyWhitney Houston[B]
produced by Babyface, BeBe Winans, David Cole, David Foster, L.A. Reid, Narada Michael Walden & Robert Clivillés
|The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album|||
|1995||Bennett, TonyTony Bennett
produced by David Kahne
|1996||Morissette, AlanisAlanis Morissette
produced by Glen Ballard
|Jagged Little Pill|||
|1997||Dion, CelineCeline Dion
produced by Aldo Nova, Billy Steinberg, Dan Hill, David Foster, Humberto Gatica, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Jeff Bova, Jim Steinman, John Jones, Ric Wake, Rick Hahn, Rick Nowels, Roy Bittan & Steven Rinkoff
|Falling into You|||
|1998||Dylan, BobBob Dylan
produced by Daniel Lanois
|Time out of Mind|||
|1999||Hill, LaurynLauryn Hill
· engineered/mixed by Chris Theis, Commissioner Gordon, Johnny Wydrycz, Ken Johnston, Matt Howe, Storm Jefferson, Tony Prendatt & Warren Riker
· produced by Lauryn Hill
|The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill|||
· engineered/mixed by Alvaro Villagra, Andy Grassi, Anton Pukshansky, Benny Faccone, Chris Theis, Commissioner Gordon, David Frazer, David Thoener, Glenn Kolotkin, Jeff Poe, Jim Gaines, Jim Scott, John Gamble, John Karpowich, John Seymour, Matty Spindel, Mike Couzzi, Steve Farrone, Steve Fontano, T-Ray, Tom Lord-Alge, Tony Prendatt & Warren Riker
· produced by Alex Gonzales, Art Hodge, Charles Goodan, Clive Davis, Dante Ross, Dust Brothers, Fher Olvera, Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis, K. C. Porter, Lauryn Hill, Matt Serletic, Stephen M. Harris & Wyclef Jean
· engineered/mixed by Dave Russell, Elliot Scheiner, Phil Burnett & Roger Nichols
· produced by Donald Fagen & Walter Becker
|Two Against Nature|||
|2002||Various artists[C]||O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack|||
|2003||Jones, NorahNorah Jones
· engineered/mixed by Jay Newland & S. Husky Höskulds
· master engineered by Ted Jensen
· produced by Arif Mardin, Craig Street, Jay Newland & Norah Jones
|Come Away with Me|||
· engineered/mixed by Brian Paturalski, Chris Carmouche, Darrell Thorp, Dexter Simmons, John Frye, Kevin Davis, Matt Still, Moka Nagatani, Neal H. Pogue, Padraic Kernin, Pete Novak, Reggie Dozier, Robert Hannon, Terrence Cash & Vincent Alexander
· master engineered by Bernie Grundman & Brian Gardner
· produced by André 3000, Big Boi & Carl Mo
|Speakerboxxx/The Love Below|||
|2005||Charles, RayRay Charles and various artists
· engineered/mixed by Al Schmitt, Ed Thacker, Joel W. Moss, John Harris, Mark Fleming, Pete Karam, Robert Fernandez, Seth Presant & Terry Howard
· master engineered by Doug Sax & Robert Hadley
· produced by Don Mizell, Herbert Waltl, John R. Burk, Phil Ramone & Terry Howard
|Genius Loves Company|||
· engineered/mixed by Carl Glanville, Flood, Greg Collins, Jacknife Lee, Nellee Hooper, Simon Gogerly & Steve Lillywhite
· master engineered by Arnie Acosta
· produced by Brian Eno, Chris Thomas, Daniel Lanois, Flood, Jacknife Lee & Steve Lillywhite
|How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb|||
· engineered/mixed by Chris Testa, Jim Scott & Richard Dodd
· master engineered by Richard Dodd
· produced by Rick Rubin
|Taking the Long Way|||
|2008||Hancock, HerbieHerbie Hancock
· featuring Norah Jones, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Luciana Souza, Corinne Bailey Rae & Tina Turner
· produced by Herbie Hancock & Larry Klein
· engineered/mixed by Helik Hadar
· master engeineered by Bernie Grundman
|River: The Joni Letters|||
|2009||Plant, RobertRobert Plant & Alison Krauss
· produced by T Bone Burnett
· engineered/mixed by Mike Piersante
· master engeineered by Gavin Lurssen
|2010||Swift, TaylorTaylor Swift
· featuring Colbie Caillat,
· produced by Nathan Chapman & Taylor Swift,
· Chad Carlson, Nathan Chapman & Justin Neibank, engineered/mixed by Hank Williams
· Arcade Fire & Markus Dravs, producers
· Arcade Fire, Markus Dravs, Mark Lawson & Craig Silvey, engineers/mixers
· George Marino, mastering engineer
· Jim Abbiss, Adele, Paul Epworth, Rick Rubin, Fraser T Smith, Ryan Tedder & Dan Wilson, producers
· Jim Abbiss, Philip Allen, Beatriz Artola, Ian Dowling, Tom Elmhirst, Greg Fidelman, Dan Parry, Steve Price, Mark Rankin, Andrew Scheps, Fraser T Smith & Ryan Tedder, engineers/mixers
· Tom Coyne, mastering engineer
|2013||Mumford & Sons
· Markus Dravs, producer
· Robin Baynton & Ruadhri Cushnan engineers/mixers;
· Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
· Julian Casablancas, DJ Falcon, Todd Edwards, Chilly Gonzales, Giorgio Moroder, Panda Bear, Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams & Pharrell Williams, featured artists
· Thomas Bangalter, Julian Casablancas, Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, DJ Falcon & Todd Edwards, producers
· Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta, Guillaume Le Braz & Daniel Lerner, engineers/mixers
· Antoine "Chab" Chabert & Bob Ludwig, mastering engineers
|Random Access Memories|
- A ^Award recipients include Bee Gees, David Shire, KC and the Sunshine Band, Kool & the Gang, MFSB, Ralph MacDonald, Tavares, The Trammps, Walter Murphy & Yvonne Elliman as featured artists; Albhy Galuten, Arif Mardin, Bee Gees, Bill Oakes, Bobby Martin, Broadway Eddie, David Shire, Freddie Perren, Harry Wayne Casey, K.G. Productions, Karl Richardson, Ralph MacDonald, Richard Finch, Ron Kersey, Thomas J. Valentino & William Salter, as producers.
- B ^Only Houston and the producers of her tracks received the award. Unlike the other two soundtrack compilation albums to win this award, none of the other artists who appeared on The Bodyguard soundtrack (Kenny G, Aaron Neville, Lisa Stansfield, The S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M., Curtis Stigers, Joe Cocker, Sass Jordan, and the uncredited instrumental ensemble that performed Alan Silvestri's theme) shared in the award, nor did the producers of those tracks (other than Cole, Foster & Clivilles who also produced some of Houston's tracks).
- C ^Award recipients include Mike Piersante & Peter Kurland, as engineers and mixers; Gavin Lurssen, as master engineer; T-Bone Burnett, as producers; Alison Krauss & Union Station, Chris Sharp, Chris Thomas King, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Harley Allen, John Hartford, Mike Compton, Norman Blake, Pat Enright, Peasall Sisters, Ralph Stanley, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, The Cox Family, The Fairfield Four, The Whites & Tim Blake Nelson (all from the U.S.) as featured artists. James Carter and the Prisoners, Harry McClintock & The Stanley Brothers were not included as their recordings long preceded the soundtrack; the only members of those acts still alive at that time were James Carter (the only "Prisoner" from the Alan Lomax recording who was located) and Ralph Stanley (separately credited for recording "O, Death" specifically for the soundtrack). The Soggy Bottom Boys aren't credited as a group, but Dan Tyminski (the singing voice of George Clooney in the film) is credited as a member of Union Station, while the other two members (Harley Allen & Pat Enright) are credited individually. Chris Sharp, Mike Compton, Sam Bush & Stuart Duncan are not listed as lead or featured artists on any track, but were included for their instrumental credits on the album.
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