• Industry #4080

    Rating the Grammys’ Album of the Year Awards

    (Reposting this in honor of Bruno Mars’ undeserved win this year.)

    1959-1966: Skipping ahead. The Grammys did not acknowledge the rock ‘n’ soul era during these years. The Beatles were nominated for Help! in 1966.
    1967: Frank Sinatra, A Man and His Music <<<<< The Beatles, Revolver
    1968: The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
    1969: Glen Campbell, By the Time I Get to Phoenix (shrugs)
    1970: Blood Sweat & Tears, Blood Sweat and Tears <<<<< The Beatles, Abbey Road
    1971: Simon & Garfunkel, Bridge Over Troubled Water
    1972: Carole King, Tapestry = Isaac Hayes, Shaft
    1973: The Concert for Bangladesh <<<<< Nilsson, Nilsson Schmilsson
    1974: Stevie Wonder, Innervisions
    1975: Stevie Wonder, Fulfillingess’ First Finale = Joni Mitchell, Court and Spark
    1976: Paul Simon, Still Crazy After All These Years (shrugs)
    1977: Stevie Wonder, Songs in the Key of Life
    1978: Fleetwood Mac, Rumours = Steely Dan, Aja; The Eagles, Hotel California
    1979: Saturday Night Fever
    1980: Billy Joel, 52nd Street (shrugs)
    1981: Christopher Cross, Christopher Cross (shrugs)
    1982: John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Double Fantasy (shrugs — but fuck, this was two years after John Lennon was assassinated, so it gets a pass)
    1983: Toto, Toto IV (shrugs)
    1984: Michael Jackson, Thriller
    1985: Lionel Richie, Can’t Slow Down <<<<< Prince, Purple Rain; Bruce Springsteen, Born in the U.S.A.
    1986: Phil Collins, No Jacket Required (shrugs)
    1987: Paul Simon, Graceland <<<<< Janet Jackson, Control; Peter Gabriel, So
    1988: U2, The Joshua Tree = Prince, Sign O’ The Times
    1989: George Michael, Faith
    1990: Bonnie Raitt, Nick of Time (shrugs)
    1991: Quincy Jones, Back on the Block (shrugs)
    1992: Natalie Cole, Unforgettable…With Love <<<<< R.E.M., Out of Time
    1993: Eric Clapton, Unplugged <<<<< U2, Achtung Baby
    1994: The Bodyguard soundtrack (shrugs)
    1995: Tony Bennett, MTV Unplugged (shrugs)
    1996: Alanis Morrissette, Jagged Little Pill
    1997: Celine Dion, Falling Into You <<<<< Beck, Odelay; Fugees, The Score
    1998: Bob Dylan, Time out of Mind <<<<< Radiohead, OK Computer (but hey, it’s Bob Dylan)
    1999: Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
    2000: Santana, Supernatural (shrugs)
    2001: Steely Dan, Two Against Nature <<<<< Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP; Radiohead, Kid A
    2002: O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack = OutKast, Stankonia (being generous here)
    2003: Norah Jones, Come Away With Me = Eminem, The Eminem Show
    2004: OutKast, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below = The White Stripes, Elephant; Missy Elliott, Under Construction
    2005: Ray Charles, Genius Loves Company <<<<< Green Day, American Idiot; Usher, Confessions
    2006: U2, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb <<<<< Mariah Carey, The Emancipation of Mimi; Kanye West, Late Registration
    2007: Dixie Chicks, Taking the Long Way <<<<< Justin Timberlake, FutureSex/LoveSounds
    2008: Herbie Hancock, River: The Joni Letters <<<<< Amy Winehouse, Back to Black
    2009: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Raising Sand <<<<< Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III
    2010: Taylor Swift, Fearless = Lady Gaga, The Fame; Beyoncé, I Am…Sasha Fierce
    2011: Arcade Fire, The Suburbs 
    2012: Adele, 21
    2013: Mumford & Suns, Babel <<<<< Frank Ocean, channel ORANGE
    2014: Daft Punk, Random Access Memories = Kendrick Lamar, good kid, MAAD city
    2015: Beck, Morning Phase <<<<< Beyoncé, Beyoncé
    2016: Taylor Swift, 1989 <<<<< Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
    2017: Adele, 25 <<<<< Beyoncé, Lemonade
    2018: Bruno Mars, 24K Magic <<<<< Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

    (shrugs): Underwhelming slate of candidates. Next year, do better.
    =: Other candidates were as equally deserving as the winner.
    <<<<<: Shouldn’t have won.

    (Originally posted on February 12, 2017)