Grammy Award for Album of the Year

Grammy Award for Album of the Year

The Grammy Award for Album of the Year is the most prestigious award category at the Grammys. It has been awarded since 1959 and though it was originally presented to the artist alone, the award is now presented to the 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.

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.

The Peasall Sisters, Sarah, Hannah and Leah, are the category's youngest 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. [1] The youngest person to make an appearance on an Album of the Year is Stevie Wonder's daughter Aisha Morris who, at age 2, appeared on "Isn't She Lovely?" off the album Songs in the Key of Life.

The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was the first album by a rock 'n' roll artist to win.

Only two artists have ever been awarded the Grammy for "Album of the Year" in two consecutive years. Sinatra had wins in 1966 and 1967, and Wonder followed with wins in 1974 and 1975. Wonder also won the most Grammys for Album of the Year within a decade, with three in the 1970s.

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 has been three soundtrack compilation albums that have been successful, as well: Saturday Night Fever, The Bodyguard and O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

From 2012, classical albums will also be eligible for this category. The separate award for Best Classical Album will be discontinued.

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were awarded, for music released in the previous year.

Many wonder what the difference is between Record of the Year and Album of the Year. Record of the Year is awarded for a single or for one track from an album. This award goes to the performing artist, the producer, recording engineer, and/or mixer for that song. Album of the Year is awarded for a whole album, and the award is presented to the artist, producer, recording engineer, and mastering engineer for that album. So, in this context, "record" means one song and "album" means the whole collection of songs on a CD or LP. In essence, "record" really just means single, but the winners/nominees do not need to be released as a single to be considered.



Year Winner Nominations
1959 The Music from Peter Gunn performed by Henry Mancini
1959 Come Dance with Me! performed by Frank Sinatra


Year Winner Nominations
1961 The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart performed by Bob Newhart
1962 Judy at Carnegie Hall performed by Judy Garland
1963 The First Family performed by Vaughn Meader
1964 The Barbra Streisand Album performed by Barbra Streisand
1965 Getz/Gilberto performed by Stan Getz & João Gilberto
1966 September of My Years performed by Frank Sinatra, produced by Sonny Burke
1967 A Man and His Music performed by Frank Sinatra, produced by Sonny Burke
1968 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band performed by The Beatles, produced by George Martin
1969 By the Time I Get to Phoenix performed by Glen Campbell, produced by Al De Lory


Year Winner Nominations
1970 Blood, Sweat & Tears performed by Blood, Sweat & Tears, produced by James William Guercio
1971 Bridge over Troubled Water performed by Simon & Garfunkel; produced by Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon & Roy Halee
1972 Tapestry performed by Carole King, produced by Lou Adler
1973 The Concert for Bangla Desh performed by George Harrison, Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton & Klaus Voormann; produced by George Harrison & Phil Spector
1974 Innervisions performed by Stevie Wonder, produced by Stevie Wonder
1975 Fulfillingness' First Finale performed by Stevie Wonder, produced by Stevie Wonder
1976 Still Crazy After All These Years performed by Paul Simon, produced by Paul Simon & Phil Ramone
1977 Songs in the Key of Life performed by Stevie Wonder, produced by Stevie Wonder
1978 Rumours performed by Fleetwood Mac; produced by Fleetwood Mac, Ken Caillat & Richard Dashut
1979 Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track performed by Bee Gees, David Shire, KC and the Sunshine Band, Kool & the Gang, MFSB, Ralph MacDonald, Tavares, The Trammps, Walter Murphy & Yvonne Elliman; produced by 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[2]


Year Winner Nominations
1980 52nd Street performed by Billy Joel, produced by Phil Ramone
1981 Christopher Cross performed by Christopher Cross; produced by Michael Omartian
1982 Double Fantasy performed by John Lennon & Yoko Ono; produced by Jack Douglas, John Lennon & Yoko Ono
1983 Toto IV performed by Toto, produced by Toto
1984 Thriller performed by Michael Jackson, produced by Michael Jackson & Quincy Jones
1985 Can't Slow Down performed by Lionel Richie, produced by James Anthony Carmichel & Lionel Richie
1986 No Jacket Required performed by Phil Collins, produced by Hugh Padgham & Phil Collins
1987 Graceland performed by Paul Simon, produced by Roy Halee & Paul Simon
1988 The Joshua Tree performed by U2, produced by Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois
1989 Faith performed by George Michael, produced by George Michael


Year Winner Nominations
1990 Nick of Time performed by Bonnie Raitt, produced by Don Was
1991 Back on the Block performed by Quincy Jones and Various Artists, produced by Quincy Jones
1992 Unforgettable... with Love performed by Natalie Cole; produced by Andre Fischer, David Foster & Tommy LiPuma
1993 Unplugged performed by Eric Clapton, produced by Russ Titelman
1994 The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album performed by Whitney Houston; produced by Babyface, BeBe Winans, David Cole, David Foster, L.A. Reid, Narada Michael Walden & Robert Clivilles[nb-90s 1]
1995 MTV Unplugged performed by Tony Bennett, produced by David Kahne
1996 Jagged Little Pill performed by Alanis Morissette, produced by Glen Ballard
1997 Falling into You performed by Celine 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
1998 Time out of Mind performed by Bob Dylan, produced by Daniel Lanois
1999 The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill performed by Lauryn Hill; Carlos Santana, Mary J. Blige, D'Angelo, featured artist; engineered/mixed by Chris Theis, Commissioner Gordon, Johnny Wydrycz, Ken Johnston, Matt Howe, Storm Jefferson, Tony Prendatt & Warren Riker; produced by Lauryn Hill


  1. ^ Only Houston and the producers of her tracks received the award.[3] 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).


Year Winner Nominations
2000 Supernatural performed by 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
2001 Two Against Nature performed by Steely Dan; engineered/mixed by Dave Russell, Elliot Scheiner, Phil Burnett & Roger Nichols; produced by Donald Fagen & Walter Becker
2002 O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack performed by 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[nb-00s 1]; engineered/mixed by Mike Piersante & Peter Kurland; master engineered by Gavin Lurssen; produced by T-Bone Burnett
2003 Come Away with Me performed by Norah Jones; engineered/mixed by Jay Newland & S. Husky Höskulds; master engineered by Ted Jensen; produced by Arif Mardin, Craig Street, Jay Newland & Norah Jones
2004 Speakerboxxx/The Love Below performed by 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
2005 Genius Loves Company performed by Ray 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
2006 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb performed by 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
2007 Taking the Long Way performed by Dixie Chicks; engineered/mixed by Chris Testa, Jim Scott & Richard Dodd; master engineered by Richard Dodd; produced by Rick Rubin
2008 River: The Joni Letters performed by Herbie Hancock; featuring Norah Jones, Joni Mitchell, Corinne Bailey Rae , Tina Turner ; produced by Herbie Hancock & Larry Klein; engineered/mixed by Helik Hadar; master engeineered by Bernie Grundman
2009 Raising Sand performed by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss; produced by T Bone Burnett; engineered/mixed by Mike Piersante; master engeineered by Gavin Lurssen


  1. ^ 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.[4]


Year Winner Nominations
2010 Fearless performed by Taylor Swift; Colbie Caillat, featured artist; Nathan Chapman & Taylor Swift, producers; Chad Carlson, Nathan Chapman & Justin Neibank, engineers/mixers; Hank Williams, mastering engineer
2011 The Suburbs performed by Arcade Fire; Arcade Fire & Markus Dravs, producers; Arcade Fire, Markus Dravs, Mark Lawson & Craig Silvey, engineers/mixers; George Marino, mastering engineer


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