Grammy’s Album of the Year

By | Feb 10, 2008

The Grammy’s will be giving their annual awards this year for the 50th time. One of the top awards given is for Album of the Year. I’m not sure which of this year’s nominees will win, but the Album of the Year in those award year ending in a zero has shown to be a good view of the times. Let’s look back on those album of the year.

In 1998, the 40th Album of the Year was awarded to Bob Dylan for his Album Time Out of My Mind. The 90’s seemed to have been a time when older, established artists, such as Dylan, had success. Artists that won Album of the Year in the 90’s include, Quincy Jones in 1991, Natalie Cole in 1992 on an album that she created the duet of Unforgettable with her late father, Nat King Cole, Eric Clapton in 1993 and Tony Bennett in 1995, both of these for their unplugged concerts recorded by MTV. The decade ended with Santana releasing Supernatural which won the award in 2000.

The 30th Album of the Year was awarded to U2, for what many think is their best album Joshua Tree. When thinking back on the 80’s, U2 is fondly remembered and along with Madonna and Michael Jackson on the list of top performers of the decade.

The nominees for the 20th Album of the Year, all were great albums. They are still popular, the Star Wars soundtrack, JT by James Taylor, Hotel California by The Eagles and Aja by Steely Dan. The award went to the top selling album of the year, Rumours by Fleetwood Mac.

The decade of the 60’s is often called the decade of the Beatles and the 10th Album of the Year was the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Band. The album was released in the summer of 1967 and was instrumental in the Summer of Love. It was also the one that bridged the gap from older Pop music, Frank Sinatra had won three of the first nine Album of the Year award, into the era of modern music.

The first Album of the year was issued to Henry Mancini for his album Music from Peter Gunn. Frank Sinatra had two albums nominated that year. Both of these albums Come Fly with Me and Sinatra Sings Only for the Lonely were ones of the first that wasn’t just a collection of hits, but albums with a concept. It’s possible that those albums split the votes, both are great Sinatra albums, Only for the Lonely is one that Sinatra said was his favorite, and allowed Mancini to win.


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