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Grammy Award for Album of the Year

Grammy Award for Album of the Year
Awarded for quality vocal or instrumental recording albums
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1959
Last awarded 2015
Official website

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."[1] 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.


  • Achievements 1
  • Recipients 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Daniel Lanois (as record producer) and Bob Ludwig (as mastering engineer) are the biggest winners in this category with three victories each. Ludwig is the only person to win the award three consecutive years (2013–2015). 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. Sinatra leads solo performers with eight nominations, seven for solo albums and one for a duet album. McCartney and Simon are the only artists with nominations in every decade from the 1960s to the 2000s.

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, no woman has 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 20. 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.[2] 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.

Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Barbra Streisand, and Lady Gaga are the only artists to receive three consecutive nominations in this category, with Gaga being the only solo artist to receive this nomination for her first three albums. Additionally, The Beatles hold the record for most consecutive years being nominated for Album of the Year, with five.

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?.


Year Winner(s) Work Nominees Ref.
1959 Mancini, HenryHenry Mancini The Music from Peter Gunn [3]
1960 Sinatra, FrankFrank Sinatra Come Dance with Me! [4]
1961 Newhart, BobBob Newhart The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart [5]
1962 Garland, JudyJudy Garland Judy at Carnegie Hall [6]
1963 Meader, VaughnVaughn Meader The First Family [7]
1964 Streisand, BarbraBarbra Streisand The Barbra Streisand Album [8]
1965 Getz, StanStan Getz & João Gilberto (with Astrud Gilberto & Antonio Carlos Jobim) Getz/Gilberto [9]
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
1968 The Beatles
produced by George Martin
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [10]
1969 Campbell, GlenGlen Campbell
produced by Al De Lory
By the Time I Get to Phoenix [11]
1970 Blood, Sweat & Tears
produced by James William Guercio
Blood, Sweat & Tears [12]
1971 Simon & Garfunkel
produced by Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon & Roy Halee
Bridge over Troubled Water [13]
1972 King, CaroleCarole King
produced by Lou Adler
Tapestry [14]
1973 Harrison, GeorgeRavi Shankar, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton & Klaus Voormann)
produced by Phil Spector
The Concert for Bangladesh [15]
1974 Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder
produced by Stevie Wonder
Innervisions [16]
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 [17]
1977 Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder
produced by Stevie Wonder
Songs in the Key of Life [18]
1978 Fleetwood Mac
produced by Fleetwood Mac, Ken Caillat & Richard Dashut
Rumours [19]
1979 Bee Gees/Various artists [A] Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track [20]
1980 Joel, BillyBilly Joel
produced by Phil Ramone
52nd Street [21]
1981 Cross, ChristopherChristopher Cross
produced by Michael Omartian
Christopher Cross [22]
1982 Lennon, JohnJohn Lennon & Yoko Ono
produced by Jack Douglas, John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Double Fantasy [23]
1983 Toto
produced by Toto
Toto IV [24]
1984 Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
produced by Michael Jackson & Quincy Jones
Thriller [25]
1985 Richie, LionelLionel Richie
produced by James Anthony Carmichel & Lionel Richie
Can't Slow Down [26]
1986 Collins, PhilPhil Collins
produced by Hugh Padgham & Phil Collins
No Jacket Required [27]
1987 Simon, PaulPaul Simon
produced by Roy Halee & Paul Simon
Graceland [28]
1988 U2
produced by Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois
The Joshua Tree [29]
1989 Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael
produced by George Michael
Faith [30]
1990 Raitt, BonnieBonnie Raitt
produced by Don Was
Nick of Time [31]
1991 Jones, QuincyQuincy Jones and various artists
produced by Quincy Jones
Back on the Block [32]
1992 Cole, NatalieNatalie Cole
produced by Andre Fischer, David Foster & Tommy LiPuma
Unforgettable... with Love [33]
1993 Clapton, EricEric Clapton
produced by Russ Titelman
Unplugged [34]
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 [35]
1995 Bennett, TonyTony Bennett
produced by David Kahne
MTV Unplugged [36]
1996 Morissette, AlanisAlanis Morissette
produced by Glen Ballard
Jagged Little Pill [37]
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 [38]
1998 Dylan, BobBob Dylan
produced by Daniel Lanois
Time out of Mind [39]
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 [40]
2000 Santana
 · 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
Supernatural [41]
2001 Steely Dan
 · engineered/mixed by Dave Russell, Elliot Scheiner, Phil Burnett & Roger Nichols
 · produced by Donald Fagen & Walter Becker
Two Against Nature [42]
2002 Various artists[C] O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack [43]
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 [44]
2004 OutKast
 · 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 [45]
2005 Charles, RayRay Charles
 · 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 [46]
2006 U2
 · 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 [47]
2007 Dixie Chicks
 · engineered/mixed by Chris Testa, Jim Scott & Richard Dodd
 · master engineered by Richard Dodd
 · produced by Rick Rubin
Taking the Long Way [48]
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 [49]
2009 Plant, RobertRobert Plant & Alison Krauss
 · produced by T Bone Burnett
 · engineered/mixed by Mike Piersante
 · master engeineered by Gavin Lurssen
Raising Sand [50]
2010 Swift, TaylorTaylor Swift
 · featuring Colbie Caillat,
 · produced by Nathan Chapman & Taylor Swift,
 · Chad Carlson, Nathan Chapman & Justin Neibank, engineered/mixed by Hank Williams
Fearless [51]
2011 Arcade Fire
 · Arcade Fire & Markus Dravs, producers
 · Arcade Fire, Markus Dravs, Mark Lawson & Craig Silvey, engineers/mixers
 · George Marino, mastering engineer
The Suburbs [52]
2012 Adele
 · 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
21 [53]
2013 Mumford & Sons
 · Markus Dravs, producer
 · Robin Baynton & Ruadhri Cushnan engineers/mixers;
 · Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
Babel [54]
2014 Daft Punk
 · 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
2015 Beck
 · Beck Hansen, producer
 · Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden Greif-Neill, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers/mixers
 · Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
Morning Phase [55]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.
^[II] Showing only the nationality(ies) of the performing artist(s). Notes:


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