Grammy Award for Album of the Year

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Grammy Award for Album of the Year
Awarded forquality vocal or instrumental recording albums
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1959
Last awarded2015
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Grammy Award for Album of the Year
Awarded forquality vocal or instrumental recording albums
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1959
Last awarded2015

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.


Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Daniel Lanois (as producer) and Bob Ludwig (as mastering engineer) are the biggest winners in this category with three victories each. Bob 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. 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 holds the female artist record with the most wins in this category with four, for her own album, Come Away with Me, and as a featured artist on Outkast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, 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, 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 a nomination for their first three albums.

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?.


1959Mancini, HenryHenry ManciniThe Music from Peter Gunn[3]
1960Sinatra, FrankFrank SinatraCome Dance with Me![4]
1961Newhart, BobBob NewhartThe Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart[5]
1962Garland, JudyJudy GarlandJudy at Carnegie Hall[6]
1963Meader, VaughnVaughn MeaderThe First Family[7]
1964Streisand, BarbraBarbra StreisandThe Barbra Streisand Album[8]
1965Getz, StanStan Getz & João Gilberto (with Astrud Gilberto & Antonio Carlos Jobim)Getz/Gilberto[9]
1966Sinatra, FrankFrank Sinatra
produced by Sonny Burke
September of My Years
1967Sinatra, FrankFrank Sinatra
produced by Sonny Burke
A Man and His Music
1968The Beatles
produced by George Martin
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band[10]
1969Campbell, GlenGlen Campbell
produced by Al De Lory
By the Time I Get to Phoenix[11]
1970Blood, Sweat & Tears
produced by James William Guercio
Blood, Sweat & Tears[12]
1971Simon & Garfunkel
produced by Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon & Roy Halee
Bridge over Troubled Water[13]
1972King, CaroleCarole King
produced by Lou Adler
1973Harrison, 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[15]
1974Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder
produced by Stevie Wonder
1975Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder
produced by Stevie Wonder
Fulfillingness' First Finale
1976Simon, PaulPaul Simon
produced by Paul Simon & Phil Ramone
Still Crazy After All These Years[17]
1977Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder
produced by Stevie Wonder
Songs in the Key of Life[18]
1978Fleetwood Mac
produced by Fleetwood Mac, Ken Caillat & Richard Dashut
1979Bee Gees/Various artists [A]Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track[20]
1980Joel, BillyBilly Joel
produced by Phil Ramone
52nd Street[21]
1981Cross, ChristopherChristopher Cross
produced by Michael Omartian
Christopher Cross[22]
1982Lennon, JohnJohn Lennon & Yoko Ono
produced by Jack Douglas, John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Double Fantasy[23]
produced by Toto
Toto IV[24]
1984Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
produced by Michael Jackson & Quincy Jones
1985Richie, LionelLionel Richie
produced by James Anthony Carmichel & Lionel Richie
Can't Slow Down[26]
1986Collins, PhilPhil Collins
produced by Hugh Padgham & Phil Collins
No Jacket Required[27]
1987Simon, PaulPaul Simon
produced by Roy Halee & Paul Simon
produced by Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois
The Joshua Tree[29]
1989Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael
produced by George Michael
1990Raitt, BonnieBonnie Raitt
produced by Don Was
Nick of Time[31]
1991Jones, QuincyQuincy Jones and various artists
produced by Quincy Jones
Back on the Block[32]
1992Cole, NatalieNatalie Cole
produced by Andre Fischer, David Foster & Tommy LiPuma
Unforgettable... with Love[33]
1993Clapton, EricEric Clapton
produced by Russ Titelman
1994Houston, 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]
1995Bennett, TonyTony Bennett
produced by David Kahne
MTV Unplugged[36]
1996Morissette, AlanisAlanis Morissette
produced by Glen Ballard
Jagged Little Pill[37]
1997Dion, 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]
1998Dylan, BobBob Dylan
produced by Daniel Lanois
Time out of Mind[39]
1999Hill, 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]
 · 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
2001Steely Dan
 · engineered/mixed by Dave Russell, Elliot Scheiner, Phil Burnett & Roger Nichols
 · produced by Donald Fagen & Walter Becker
Two Against Nature[42]
2002Various artists[C]O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack[43]
2003Jones, 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]
 · 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]
2005Charles, 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[46]
 · 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]
2007Dixie Chicks
 · engineered/mixed by Chris Testa, Jim Scott & Richard Dodd
 · master engineered by Richard Dodd
 · produced by Rick Rubin
Taking the Long Way[48]
2008Hancock, 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]
2009Plant, RobertRobert Plant & Alison Krauss
 · produced by T Bone Burnett
 · engineered/mixed by Mike Piersante
 · master engeineered by Gavin Lurssen
Raising Sand[50]
2010Swift, TaylorTaylor Swift
 · featuring Colbie Caillat,
 · produced by Nathan Chapman & Taylor Swift,
 · Chad Carlson, Nathan Chapman & Justin Neibank, engineered/mixed by Hank Williams
2011Arcade Fire
 · Arcade Fire & Markus Dravs, producers
 · Arcade Fire, Markus Dravs, Mark Lawson & Craig Silvey, engineers/mixers
 · George Marino, mastering engineer
The Suburbs[52]
 · 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
2013Mumford & Sons
 · Markus Dravs, producer
 · Robin Baynton & Ruadhri Cushnan engineers/mixers;
 · Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
2014Daft Punk
 · 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
 · 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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