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Only 10 Black Artists Have Won The ‘Album Of The Year’ In Grammy History

Only 10 Black Artists Have Won The ‘Album Of The Year’ In Grammy History

Let’s take a look at 10 famous black names that won the Grammy Awards in the category ‘Album of the year’.

1. Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder then and now

Stevie Wonder is an American singer-songwriter, music producer and multi-instrumentalist. As a representative of American popular music in the second half of the 20th century, he has more than 30 songs in the Top 10 of the US charts.

Stevie Wonder became the first black artist to win the “Album of the Year” award in 1974 for his 16th studio album, “Innervisions”. He won this award again in 1975 for “Fulfillingness’ First Finale”.

Along with Sinatra and Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder is also one of three artists to win the “Album of the Year” award three times for “Songs in the Key of Life” in 1977.

2. Michael Jackson

Singer Michael Jackson in 1983 in London. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Michael Jackson won the Album of the Year award in 1984 for the song “Thriller”. In addition, Thriller made Michael Jackson one of the best pop stars in the late 20th century, and in the same year Michael Jackson became the first artist to win eight Grammy Awards in one night.

3. Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie is not only successful as a singer in the R&B genre but also as a musician, composer, producer and amateur actor in the US entertainment industry.

Lionel Richie won the “Album of the Year” award in 1985 for “Can’t Slow Down”, his second solo album.

4. Quincy Jones

Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones has been active for six decades in the entertainment industry and has set a record for Grammy Award nominations.

Quincy Jones won “Album of the Year” award in 1991 for “Back on the Block”, an album he produced with various artists, including Ella Fitzgerald, Ice-T and Ray Charles.

5. Natalie Cole

Natalie Cole

Natalie Cole hit success in the mid-1970s with the singles: “This Will Be”, “Inseparable” and “Our Love”. However, not until 1992 did Natalie Cole win the Album of the Year award for “Unfornough … With Love”, her 12th studio album.

6. Whitney Houston

Whiney Houston

Whitney Houston is one of the highest-selling pop artists of all time, with more than 200 million records sold worldwide. She won the Album of the Year award in 1994 for the soundtrack of “The Bodyguard”, a film in which she starred.

7. Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill

Often regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time and a pioneer in the Neo soul genre, Lauryn Hill is widely recognized for breaking the barrier for female rappers.

Lauryn Hill won the “Album of the Year” award in 1999 for her debut solo album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”

She became the first hip-hop artist to win a prestigious award. Hill was also one of five artists to win “Album of the Year” and “Best New Artist” awards on the same night, the most recent achievement that Billie Eilish achieved.

8. Outkast


Outkast is an American hip hop duo formed in 1992 in East Point, Georgia. Outkast won the 2004 Album of the Year award for “Speakerboxxx / The Love Below”, the duo’s fifth studio album.

9. Ray Charles

Ray Charles

In 2004,Ray Charles was voted by Rolling Stone to be the tenth on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time, and the second in its list of the 100 greatest singers of all time in November,2008. He is an empowering contributor to country music and pop music.

Ray Charles won the “Album of the Year” award in 2005 for “Genius Loves Company”, his last album. The album’s co-producers, John Burk and Phil Ramone, accepted the award on behalf of Charles.

10. Herbie Hancock

Herbert Hancock

Herbert Jeffrey Hancock is an American pianist, musician, record producer and actor. Hancock started his career playing with Donald Byrd.

Herbie Hancock won the “Album of the Year” award in 2008 with “River: The Joni Letters”.

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