Grammy Award for Album of the Year

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Grammy Award for Album of the Year
A gold gramophone trophy with a plaque set on a table
Gilded gramophone trophy presented to Grammy Award winners
Awarded forquality vocal or instrumental recording albums
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1959
Last awarded2013
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Grammy Award for Album of the Year
A gold gramophone trophy with a plaque set on a table
Gilded gramophone trophy presented to Grammy Award winners
Awarded forquality vocal or instrumental recording albums
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1959
Last awarded2013

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 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, 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, and 2011 that the award was won by a rock, country, hip hop, or indie 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, and Paul Simon are the biggest winners in this category with 3 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, Alison Krauss and Lauryn Hill are the only females to win two album of the year trophies.

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 'n' 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, and Arcade Fire's The Suburbs the first Indie 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 same 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 Mancini United StatesThe Music from Peter Gunn[3]
1960Sinatra, FrankFrank Sinatra United StatesCome Dance with Me![4]
1961Newhart, BobBob Newhart United StatesThe Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart[5]
1962Garland, JudyJudy Garland United StatesJudy at Carnegie Hall[6]
1963Meader, VaughnVaughn Meader United StatesThe First Family[7]
1964Streisand, BarbraBarbra Streisand United StatesThe Barbra Streisand Album[8]
1965Getz, StanStan Getz & João Gilberto United States
1966Sinatra, FrankFrank Sinatra
produced by Sonny Burke
 United StatesSeptember of My Years
1967Sinatra, FrankFrank Sinatra
produced by Sonny Burke
 United StatesA Man and His Music
1968The Beatles
produced by George Martin
 United KingdomSgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band[10]
1969Campbell, GlenGlen Campbell
produced by Al De Lory
 United StatesBy the Time I Get to Phoenix[11]
1970Blood, Sweat & Tears
produced by James William Guercio
 United StatesBlood, Sweat & Tears[12]
1971Simon & Garfunkel
produced by Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon & Roy Halee
 United StatesBridge over Troubled Water[13]
1972King, CaroleCarole King
produced by Lou Adler
 United StatesTapestry[14]
1973Harrison, GeorgeGeorge Harrison & Friends (Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton & Klaus Voormann)
produced by George Harrison & Phil Spector
 United Kingdom
 United States
The Concert for Bangla Desh[15]
1974Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder
produced by Stevie Wonder
 United StatesInnervisions[16]
1975Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder
produced by Stevie Wonder
 United StatesFulfillingness' First Finale
1976Simon, PaulPaul Simon
produced by Paul Simon & Phil Ramone
 United StatesStill Crazy After All These Years[17]
1977Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder
produced by Stevie Wonder
 United StatesSongs in the Key of Life[18]
1978Fleetwood Mac
produced by Fleetwood Mac, Ken Caillat & Richard Dashut
 United Kingdom
 United States
1979Bee Gees/Various artists [A] United Kingdom
 United States
Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track[20]
1980Joel, BillyBilly Joel
produced by Phil Ramone
 United States52nd Street[21]
1981Cross, ChristopherChristopher Cross
produced by Michael Omartian
 United StatesChristopher Cross[22]
1982Lennon, JohnJohn Lennon & Yoko Ono
produced by Jack Douglas, John Lennon & Yoko Ono
 United Kingdom
Double Fantasy[23]
produced by Toto
 United StatesToto IV[24]
1984Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson
produced by Michael Jackson & Quincy Jones
 United StatesThriller[25]
1985Richie, LionelLionel Richie
produced by James Anthony Carmichel & Lionel Richie
 United StatesCan't Slow Down[26]
1986Collins, PhilPhil Collins
produced by Hugh Padgham & Phil Collins
 United KingdomNo Jacket Required[27]
1987Simon, PaulPaul Simon
produced by Roy Halee & Paul Simon
 United StatesGraceland[28]
produced by Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois
 IrelandThe Joshua Tree[29]
1989Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael
produced by George Michael
 United KingdomFaith[30]
1990Raitt, BonnieBonnie Raitt
produced by Don Was
 United StatesNick of Time[31]
1991Jones, QuincyQuincy Jones and Various Artists
produced by Quincy Jones
 United StatesBack on the Block[32]
1992Cole, NatalieNatalie Cole
produced by Andre Fischer, David Foster & Tommy LiPuma
 United StatesUnforgettable... with Love[33]
1993Clapton, EricEric Clapton
produced by Russ Titelman
 United KingdomUnplugged[34]
1994Houston, WhitneyWhitney Houston[B]
produced by Babyface, BeBe Winans, David Cole, David Foster, L.A. Reid, Narada Michael Walden & Robert Clivilles
 United StatesThe Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album[35]
1995Bennett, TonyTony Bennett
produced by David Kahne
 United StatesMTV Unplugged[36]
1996Morissette, AlanisAlanis Morissette
produced by Glen Ballard
 CanadaJagged 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
 CanadaFalling into You[38]
1998Dylan, BobBob Dylan
produced by Daniel Lanois
 United StatesTime 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
 United StatesThe 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
 United States
2001Steely Dan
 · engineered/mixed by Dave Russell, Elliot Scheiner, Phil Burnett & Roger Nichols
 · produced by Donald Fagen & Walter Becker
 United StatesTwo Against Nature[42]
2002Various artists [C] United States [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
 United StatesCome 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
 United StatesSpeakerboxxx/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
 United StatesGenius 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
 IrelandHow 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
 United StatesTaking 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
 United StatesRiver: The Joni Letters[49]
2009Plant, RobertRobert Plant & Alison Krauss
 · produced by T Bone Burnett
 · engineered/mixed by Mike Piersante
 · master engeineered by Gavin Lurssen
 United Kingdom
 United States
Raising Sand[50]
2010Swift, TaylorTaylor Swift
 · Colbie Caillat, featured artist
 · Nathan Chapman & Taylor Swift, producers
 · Chad Carlson, Nathan Chapman & Justin Neibank, engineers/mixers
 · Hank Williams, mastering engineer
 United StatesFearless[51]
2011Arcade Fire
 · Arcade Fire & Markus Dravs, producers
 · Arcade Fire, Markus Dravs, Mark Lawson & Craig Silvey, engineers/mixers
 · George Marino, mastering engineer
 CanadaThe 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
 United Kingdom21[53]
2013Mumford & Sons
 · Markus Dravs, producer
 · Robin Baynton & Ruadhri Cushnan engineers/mixers;
 · Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
 United KingdomBabel[54]

^[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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