Grammy Award for Album of the Year

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Grammy Award for Album of the YearGrammy Award for Album of the Year_header_cell_0_0_0
Awarded forGrammy Award for Album of the Year_header_cell_0_1_0 quality vocal or instrumental recording albumsGrammy Award for Album of the Year_cell_0_1_1
CountryGrammy Award for Album of the Year_header_cell_0_2_0 United StatesGrammy Award for Album of the Year_cell_0_2_1
Presented byGrammy Award for Album of the Year_header_cell_0_3_0 National Academy of Recording Arts and SciencesGrammy Award for Album of the Year_cell_0_3_1
First awardedGrammy Award for Album of the Year_header_cell_0_4_0 1959Grammy Award for Album of the Year_cell_0_4_1
Currently held byGrammy Award for Album of the Year_header_cell_0_5_0 Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2020)Grammy Award for Album of the Year_cell_0_5_1
WebsiteGrammy Award for Album of the Year_header_cell_0_6_0 Grammy Award for Album of the Year_cell_0_6_1

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, chart position, or critical reception." Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_0

Album of the Year is the most prestigious award category at the Grammys, and it is one of the general field awards alongside Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year, presented annually since the 1st Annual Grammy Awards in 1959. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_1

According to the 54th Annual Grammy Awards description guide, the award is presented: Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_2

(Featured) artists, songwriters, producers, recording engineers/mixers and mastering engineers who are credited with less than 33% of playing time do not receive a statuette, but a Winners Certificate. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_3

Album of the Year is related to but is conceptually different from Record of the Year or Song of the Year: Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_4

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  • Album of the Year is awarded for a whole album, and the award is presented to the artist, featured artist, songwriter, producer, recording engineer, and mastering engineer for that album. In this context, "album" means a recorded collection of songs (a multi-track LP, CD, or download package), not the individual songs or their compositions.Grammy Award for Album of the Year_item_0_0
  • 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. In this sense, "record" means a particular recorded song, not its composition or an album of songs.Grammy Award for Album of the Year_item_0_1
  • Song of the Year is also awarded for a single or individual track, but the recipient of this award is the songwriter who actually wrote the lyrics and/or melodies to the song. "Song" in this context means the song as composed, not its recording.Grammy Award for Album of the Year_item_0_2

History and description Grammy Award for Album of the Year_section_0

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. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_5

In 1962, the award name was extended to Album of the Year (other than classical) but, in 1965, the shorter name returned. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_6

It was not until 1968, 1969, 1999, 2011, and 2014 that the award was won by a rock, country, hip hop, indie and electronic album respectively. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_7

As of 2012, classical albums are eligible for this award, with the award for Best Classical Album being discontinued (although no classical album has been nominated in this category since). Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_8

The honorees through its history have been: Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_9

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  • 1959–1965: Artist only.Grammy Award for Album of the Year_item_1_3
  • 1966–1998: Artist and producer.Grammy Award for Album of the Year_item_1_4
  • 1999–2002: Artist, producer, and recording engineer or mixer.Grammy Award for Album of the Year_item_1_5
  • 2003–2017: Artist, producer, mastering engineer, and recording engineer or mixer.Grammy Award for Album of the Year_item_1_6
  • 2018–present: Artist, producer, songwriter, mastering engineer, and recording engineer or mixer.Grammy Award for Album of the Year_item_1_7

The category expanded to include eight nominees in 2019. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_10

Achievements Grammy Award for Album of the Year_section_1

Tom Coyne (as mastering engineer) is the biggest winner in this category with four wins. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_11

He is followed by Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon (as performers), David Foster, Phil Ramone, Daniel Lanois, Ryan Tedder (as record producers), Mike Piersante, Tom Elmhirst, Serban Ghenea, John Hanes (as engineers/mixers), and Bob Ludwig (as mastering engineer) with three victories each. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_12

Ludwig, Coyne, Ghenea, and Hanes are the only people to win the award in three consecutive years. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_13

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. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_14

Sinatra leads solo performers with eight nominations, seven for solo albums and one for a duet album. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_15

Barbra Streisand has the most nominations amongst female artists with six nods. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_16

McCartney and Simon are the only artists with nominations in every decade from the 1960s to the 2000s. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_17

The first woman to win the award was Judy Garland in 1962, for Judy at Carnegie Hall. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_18

Taylor Swift was the first solo female artist to win the award twice. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_19

She and Adele are the only women to win the award more than once for their own albums, winning for Fearless and 1989; and 21 and 25, respectively (Swift was also nominated for Red and Folklore ). Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_20

In addition, Lauryn Hill, Norah Jones and Alison Krauss are all tied with Swift and Adele with two wins overall, each winning as lead artist for their respective albums, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Come Away with Me and Raising Sand (Krauss' collaboration album with Robert Plant); Hill won her second as a producer of her collaboration on Santana's Supernatural (featured artists on non-soundtrack albums did not share in the award before 2008), while Jones won as a featured artist on Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters, and Krauss was featured on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_21 - Soundtrack. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_22

Also, for their own albums, besides Swift and Adele, only two female artists have received nominations after previously winning (Barbra Streisand nominated again for People, My Name Is Barbra, Color Me Barbra, Guilty and The Broadway Album, after winning previously for The Barbra Streisand Album; and Bonnie Raitt nominated again for Luck of the Draw and Longing in Their Hearts, after winning previously for Nick of Time). Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_23

Billie Eilish is the youngest main artist to win in the category, winning for her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_24

in 2020 at the age of 18. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_25

She surpassed Taylor Swift who won in 2010 at the age of 20 for her second album Fearless. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_26

The Peasall Sisters, Sarah, Hannah and Leah, are the category's youngest credited winners, winning for their contributions to the O Brother, Where Art Thou? Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_27 - Soundtrack at the ages of 13, 9, and 7 respectively. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_28

Leah Peasall is the youngest winner of any Grammy in any category. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_29

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?" Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_30

off the album Songs in the Key of Life as an infant. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_31

Christopher Cross and Billie Eilish are the only main artists to receive the Grammys for Album of the Year as well as Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist in a single ceremony. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_32

Adele is the first artist to win the award for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist, non-consecutively, and first woman to accomplish this feat. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_33

Only five artists have won both Album of the Year and Best New Artist in the same year: Bob Newhart (The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart in 1961), Christopher Cross (Christopher Cross in 1981), Lauryn Hill (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1999), Norah Jones (Come Away with Me in 2003) and Billie Eilish (When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_34

in 2020). Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_35

Frank Sinatra's Come Dance with Me! Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_36

was the first album by a traditional pop artist to win, Stan Getz's & João Gilberto's Getz/Gilberto was the first by a jazz artist, The Beatles' Sgt. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_37 Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band the first by a rock and roll artist, Glen Campbell's By the Time I Get to Phoenix the first by a country artist, Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill the first by a hip hop artist, Arcade Fire's The Suburbs the first by an indie rock artist, and Daft Punk's Random Access Memories the first by an electronic music artist. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_38

Only two artists have won the award in two consecutive years, Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_39

Sinatra had wins in 1966 and 1967 and Wonder followed with wins in 1974 and 1975. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_40

Additionally, Lauryn Hill also won as a producer in 2000, after winning previously in 1999 as an artist and producer; Bruno Mars won as an artist and producer in 2018, after winning previously in 2017 as a producer. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_41

Wonder and Sinatra both won the most Grammys for Album of the Year within a decade. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_42

Sinatra had victories in 1960, 1966 and 1967, while Wonder winning in 1974, 1975 and 1977. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_43

Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Barbra Streisand and Lady Gaga are the only artists to receive three nominations in a row for consecutive years for Album of the Year. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_44

In addition, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Steely Dan, Bonnie Raitt, Dixie Chicks, Kanye West and Lady Gaga are the only performers with three nominations for consecutive albums in this category. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_45

West and Gaga being the only solo artists to receive nomination for their first three albums. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_46

Additionally, The Beatles hold the record for most consecutive years being nominated for Album of the Year, with five. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_47

Stevie Wonder and Adele are the only artists to win the award for consecutive studio albums in this category, winning for Innervisions and Fulfillingness' First Finale and Songs in the Key of Life; and 21 and 25, respectively. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_48

Quincy Jones, Lauryn Hill and Bruno Mars are the only performers to win the award both as the main credit artists and as a record producers, winning as lead artists for their respective albums: Back on the Block, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and 24K Magic; and as a producers for Thriller by Michael Jackson, Supernatural by Santana, and 25 by Adele, respectively. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_49

To date, there have been four "live" albums to win the award: Judy at Carnegie Hall, The Concert for Bangladesh and two MTV Unplugged albums (Eric Clapton's and Tony Bennett's), which were performed in front of an intimate, live audience. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_50

One television soundtrack recording was also the first recipient: The Music from Peter Gunn. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_51

Two comedy albums have also triumphed in this category: The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart and The First Family. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_52

There have been three soundtrack compilation albums that have been successful, as well: Saturday Night Fever, The Bodyguard (though only Whitney Houston won for it as an artist) and O Brother, Where Art Thou? Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_53 . Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_54

As of 2020, only six artists have won Album of the Year more than once as the main credited artist: Frank Sinatra (1960, 1966, 1967), Stevie Wonder (1974, 1975, 1977), Paul Simon (1976, 1987), U2 (1988, 2006), Taylor Swift (2010, 2016), and Adele (2012, 2017). Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_55

Sinatra and Wonder both won the award three times as the main credited artist. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_56

Process Grammy Award for Album of the Year_section_2

Members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences nominate their choices for album of the year. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_57

A list of the top twenty records is given to the Nominations Review Committee, a specially selected group of anonymous members, who then select the top five records to gain a nomination in the category in a special ballot. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_58

The rest of the members then vote a winner from the five nominees. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_59

In 2018, it was announced the number of nominated albums will be increased to eight. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_60

Recipients Grammy Award for Album of the Year_section_3

1950s Grammy Award for Album of the Year_section_4

1960s Grammy Award for Album of the Year_section_5

1970s Grammy Award for Album of the Year_section_6

1980s Grammy Award for Album of the Year_section_7

1990s Grammy Award for Album of the Year_section_8

2000s Grammy Award for Album of the Year_section_9

2010s Grammy Award for Album of the Year_section_10

2020s Grammy Award for Album of the Year_section_11

Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year. Grammy Award for Album of the Year_sentence_61


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