Taylor Swift is the first person to win album of the year 4 times. Here's every other winner throughout history.

Taylor Swift is the first person to win album of the year 4 times. Here's every other winner throughout history.
  • There have been 65 album of the year winners since the first Grammys ceremony in 1959.

  • In 2023, Harry Styles won the top award for his album "Harry's House."

  • Taylor Swift just made history as the first person to win album of the year four times.

The 66th Annual Grammy Awards were held on Sunday in Los Angeles.

The night was a triumph for women in the music industry. Miley Cyrus won her first Grammy (and then her second), Billie Eilish won song of the year for her "Barbie" soundtrack hit "What Was I Made For," and the album of the year category was dominated by female artists.

The artists nominated this year included Jon Batiste, boygenius, Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey, Janelle Monáe, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift, and SZA.

Ultimately, Taylor Swift took the prize and made history as the first person to win album of the year four times. She previously tied with Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, and Paul Simon, who all hold three album of the year wins.

Here's every winner of album of the year throughout history.

1959: Henry Mancini — "The Music from Peter Gunn"

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Henry Mancini and others at the 1959 Grammys.Harold P. Matosian

Mancini, pictured left, was the inaugural winner of the award.

1960: Frank Sinatra — "Come Fly With Me!"

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Frank Sinatra.William Gottlieb/Redferns via Getty Images

Sinatra won his first of three album of the year awards in 1960.

1961: Bob Newhart — "The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart"

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Bob Newhart in 1962.NBCUniversal/Getty

Newhart starred in "The Big Bang Theory" as Professor Proton.

1962: Judy Garland — "Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall"

Judy Garland in the 1950s.
Judy Garland.Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Garland was recently played by Renee Zellweger in "Judy," for which she won an Oscar — one award that eluded Garland.

1963: Vaughn Meader — "The First Family"

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Vaughn Meader holds up his best-selling record album "The First Family" in 1962.AP Photo

The album was a musical spoof based on the Kennedys.

1964: Barbra Streisand — "The Barbra Streisand Album"

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Barbra Streisand.Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP

Released on February 25, 1963, it was the debut album by Barbra Streisand. She is a rare EGOT winner: She's won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony.

1965: Stan Getz & João Gilberto — "Getz/Gilberto"

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Stan Getz & João Gilberto.Bettmann/Getty Images

This year marked the first time two people won the award.

1966: Frank Sinatra — "September of My Years"

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Frank Sinatra.Associated Press

Sinatra won consecutive album of the year awards in 1966 and 1967. He is one of only two artists to do so, the other being Stevie Wonder.

1967: Frank Sinatra — "A Man and His Music"

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Frank Sinatra.AP Photo/Bill Kostroun

Until 2024 — when Taylor Swift won for the fourth time — Sinatra held the joint record for the most wins for this award.

1968: The Beatles — "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

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The Beatles.AP

The Beatles became the first band to win album of the year.

1969: Glen Campbell — "By the Time I Get to Phoenix"

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Glen Campbell.Harold Matosian/AP

Campbell beat The Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel to the award this year.

1970: Blood, Sweat & Tears — "Blood, Sweat & Tears"

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Blood, Sweat & Tears.Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Johnny Cash and The Beatles lost the award to Blood, Sweat & Tears.

1971: Simon & Garfunkel — "Bridge Over Troubled Water"

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Simon & Garfunkel.AP Photo

Paul Simon also won twice as a solo artist. Therefore, he has technically won this award three times.

1972: Carole King — "Tapestry"

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Carole King.Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Carole King has won a total of five competitive categories, plus three honorary awards.

1973: George Harrison & Friends (Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, and Klaus Voormann) — "The Concert for Bangladesh"

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George Harrison is shown playing the guitar in a scene from the Beatles movie "Help!" on location in the Bahamas in 1965.AP

Harrison also won the award as a member of The Beatles in 1968.

1974: Stevie Wonder — "Innervisions"

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Stevie Wonder.Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Stevie Wonder won his first of three album of the year awards in 1974.

1975: Stevie Wonder — "Fulfillingness' First Finale"

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Stevie Wonder.AP

Wonder won consecutive awards in 1975 and 1976, the first person to do so since Frank Sinatra in 1966 and 1967.

1976: Paul Simon — "Still Crazy After All These Years"

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Paul Simon and Carrie Fisher.AP

This was the first of Simon's wins as a solo artist.

1977: Stevie Wonder — "Songs in the Key of Life"

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Stevie Wonder.AP

Wonder won his third album of the year this year, making it three wins in four years.

1978: Fleetwood Mac — "Rumours"

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Fleetwood Mac.CBS via Getty Images

Fleetwood Mac beat John Williams and his "Star Wars" score to the award this year.

1979: Various Artists — "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack

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John Travolta dances with Karen Lynn Gorney in a scene from the movie "Saturday Night Fever."Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

This year marked the first time the winner was listed as "various artists," as well as the first time a film's soundtrack or score won the award.

1980: Billy Joel — "52nd Street"

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Billy Joel.Nicholas Hunt/ Getty Images

Billy Joel beat Donna Summer and Kenny Rogers to become the first winner of the 1980s.

1981: Christopher Cross — "Christopher Cross"

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Christopher Cross is shown at the Grammy Awards in New York City in 1981.AP Photo

Christopher Cross beat three-time winner Frank Sinatra to claim this award.

1982: John Lennon and Yoko Ono — "Double Fantasy"

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono.AP Photo/Steve Sands

John Lennon won his second award with his wife, Yoko, following his first win with The Beatles in 1968.

1983: Toto — "Toto IV"

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The band Toto.Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Paul McCartney lost his first nomination for this award as a solo artist to the band.

1984: Michael Jackson — "Thriller"

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Michael Jackson holds eight awards as he poses with Quincy Jones at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in 1984.Doug Pizac/AP Images

Michael Jackson won eight awards this year.

1985: Lionel Richie — "Can't Slow Down"

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Lionel Richie holding his Grammy award in 1985.Barry King/WireImage/Getty Images

Lionel Richie beat legend Tina Turner to the award this year.

1986: Phil Collins — "No Jacket Required"

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Phil Collins shows off his three Grammy Awards at the 1986 Grammys.Bettmann/Getty Images Source Link

This album contained two US No. 1 hits: "One More Night" and "Sussudio."

1987: Paul Simon — "Graceland"

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Paul Simon.Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images

Simon won his second award as a solo artist this year.

1988: U2 — "The Joshua Tree"

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U2.Al Bello/ Getty Images

This was the first of U2's two album of the year wins.

1989: George Michael — "Faith"

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George Michael in 1988.DR/AAD/STAR MAX/IPx via AP

"Faith" contained hits such as "Faith" and "One More Try."

1990: Bonnie Raitt — "Nick of Time"

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Songstress Bonnie Raitt poses with her Grammy Awards.Bettmann/Getty Images

Bonnie Raitt beat Tom Petty's "Full Moon Fever" to this award in 1990.

1991: Quincy Jones & Various Artists — "Back on the Block"

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Quincy Jones.Jason Merritt/Getty

Surprisingly, this was Quincy Jones's first win in this category, despite serving as a producer on several album of the year-winning albums.

1992: Natalie Cole — "Unforgettable... with Love"

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Natalie Cole.Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

Natalie Cole won the award this year, preventing nominee Paul Simon from winning his third award for album of the year.

1993: Eric Clapton — "Unplugged"

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Eric Clapton.Jim Russell/ Contributor/Getty Images

As well as winning this prestigious award, Clapton is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1994: Whitney Houston — "The Bodyguard"

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Whitney Houston.Getty/Kevin Winter

This was Houston's only win in this category, and only the second time a movie's soundtrack won this award.

1995: Tony Bennett — "MTV Unplugged"

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Tony Bennett with the Grammy he received for best traditional pop vocal for "Perfectly Frank" in 1993.AP

This album was created as a result of Bennett's appearance on the MTV show "MTV Unplugged."

1996: Alanis Morissette — "Jagged Little Pill"

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Alanis Morissette.REUTERS

Alanis Morissette beat Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey to win this award.

1997: Celine Dion — "Falling Into You"

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Celine Dion holds a Grammy at Madison Square Garden in 1997.Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive/Getty Images

Two years after her win here, Dion also won four Grammys for her "Titanic" song, "My Heart Will Go On."

1998: Bob Dylan — "Time Out of Mind"

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Bob Dylan.Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

In 2001, Dylan added to his awards collection with a best original song Oscar for "Things Have Changed" from the film "Wonder Boys."

1999: Lauryn Hill — "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill"

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Lauryn Hill.Getty/Kevin Winter

Lauryn Hill beat Shania Twain and Madonna to win this award.

2000: Santana — "Supernatural"

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Santana.HECTOR GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images

Santana won this award with their 18th studio album.

2001: Steely Dan — "Two Against Nature"

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Steely Dan.Scott Gries/Getty Images

Steely Dan beat Radiohead, Paul Simon, Eminem, and Beck to win this award.

2002: Various Artists — "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack

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A scene from "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"Buena Vista Pictures Distribution/Universal Pictures

It was the third film to win.

2003: Norah Jones — "Come Away with Me"

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Norah Jones.Scott Gries/Getty Images

Norah Jones won this award with her debut studio album.

2004: OutKast — "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below"

Andre 3000 and Big Boi at the "Stankonia" release party in 2000.Rick Diamond/WireImage

OutKast is an American hip-hop duo consisting of Andre 3000 and Big Boi.

2005: Ray Charles & Various Artists — "Genius Loves Company"

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Ray Charles.Kevork Djansezian/AP

This same year, Jamie Foxx won the best actor Oscar for playing Ray Charles in the biopic "Ray."

2006: U2 — "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb"

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U2.David McNew/Newsmakers/Getty Images

This was U2's second win in this category.

2007: The Chicks — "Taking the Long Way"

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The Chicks.Frank Micelotta/Getty Images

The Chicks have won a total of 12 Grammys, including five in 2007 when they won this award.

2008: Herbie Hancock — "River: The Joni Letters"

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Herbie Hancock poses in the press room during the 50th annual Grammy award in 2008.Vince Bucci/Getty Images

This album is only the second jazz album to win this award and is a tribute album of cover songs written by Joni Mitchell.

2009: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss — "Raising Sand"

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Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Robert Plant was previously the lead singer of Led Zeppelin, who were never nominated for album of the year.

2010: Taylor Swift — "Fearless"

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Taylor Swift at the 2010 Grammy Awards.Matt Sayles/AP

Taylor Swift became the youngest artist to ever win album of the year. This record has since been broken by Billie Eilish.

2011: Arcade Fire — "The Suburbs"

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Arcade Fire.Getty Images

Arcade Fire beat Eminem, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Lady A to win this award.

2012: Adele — "21"

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This was Adele's first Grammy win for album of the year.

2013: Mumford & Sons — "Babel"

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Mumford & Sons.Getty

Mumford & Sons beat Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange" to win this award.

2014: Daft Punk — "Random Access Memories"

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Daft Punk.Jamie McCarthy/Getty

Daft Punk won five Grammy awards this year.

2015: Beck — "Morning Phase"

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Beck beat Beyonce, Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams, and Ed Sheeran.

2016: Taylor Swift — "1989"

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Taylor Swift holds three Grammys at the 2016 Grammy Awards.Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Taylor Swift won her second album of the year award this year. She was the youngest person ever to win two.

2017: Adele — "25"

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Adele matched Taylor Swift's two wins (at this point) in this category with her own second win, following her first in 2012.

2018: Bruno Mars — "24K Magic"

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Bruno Mars.Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for NARAS

Bruno Mars has won 15 Grammys, six of which came in 2018.

2019: Kacey Musgraves — "Golden Hour"

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Kacey Musgraves.Steve Granitz/Getty Images

This was the first year that the Grammys expanded this category to eight nominees. Musgraves beat Post Malone, Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monáe, H.E.R, Cardi B, Drake, and the "Black Panther" soundtrack.

2020: Billie Eilish — "When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?"

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Billie Eilish.Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Billie Eilish became the youngest-ever winner of this award at age 18, beating Swift's previous record of 20 years old.

2021: Taylor Swift — "Folklore"

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Taylor Swift at the 2021 Grammy Awards.Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

At the time, she became the only woman to hold three album of the year wins, and only the fourth person to ever hold the distinction. Other artists who have won album of the year three times are Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, and Paul Simon.

Swift broke that record in 2024 when she won album of the year for her 10th studio album "Midnights."

2022: Jon Batiste — "We Are"

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Jon Batiste accepts the album of the year award at the 2022 Grammys.Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

In 2022, Jon Batiste became the first Black artist since 2008 to win album of the year. Only 10 other Black artists have won album of the year since the award show's inception.

Batiste beat artists like Justin Bieber, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift, and Doja Cat. He was the most-nominated artist of the night with 11 nods.

2023: Harry Styles — "Harry's House"

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Harry Styles accepts the award for album of the year at the 2023 Grammys.Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

In 2023, Harry Styles won the award for his critically acclaimed album "Harry's House," beating out artists like Beyoncé, Adele, Bad Bunny, Kendrick Lamar, and Coldplay for album of the year.

"There's no such thing as best in music," Styles said while accepting the award. "I don't think any of us sit in studios thinking about what is going to get us one of these. This is so, so kind."

2024: Taylor Swift — "Midnights"

Taylor Swift accepts the Album Of The Year award for "Midnights" at the 2024 Grammy Awards
Taylor Swift accepts the album of the year award for "Midnights" at the 2024 Grammy Awards.VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images

Taylor Swift made history when she took home the top award for album of the year at the Grammys on Sunday for her 10th studio album, "Midnights."

Swift, who was previously tied with Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, and Paul Simon for most album of the year wins, is now the first and only person to have won the award four times.

In her acceptance speech, Swift thanked her longtime collaborator and "Midnights" producer Jack Antonoff and praised her fellow nominee Lana Del Rey, who was also nominated for album of the year.

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