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Only 10 Black Artists Since 1959 Have Won A Grammy For ‘Album Of The Year’

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By, Jen Nicole

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Beyonce not winning the grammy for ‘Album Of The Year’ got everyone in their feelings including the woman who did win ‘Album Of The Year’- Adele, and yeah, it got me thinking well, is this a black thing? Because you know Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ album was a game changer on so many levels and for so many people, all around the world, that it is hard not to think it isn’t. Then the wonderful staff at TheGrio  did their research and it’s looking even clearer that this very well may be a black thing.

So since the inception of The Grammy’s in 1959, only 10 Black Artists have won a grammy for ‘Album Of The Year.’ Yes, you heard that right, only 10!

Now, you know more than 10 Black artists have been nominated, but the fact that only 10 have won, goes to show you who the Grammy’s are really for, because we ALL know that more than 10 Black artists since 1959 have had albums worthy of winning ‘Album Of The Year’ at the Grammys.  

So who are these 10 Black artists you ask? Well the great Stevie Wonder is one and he actually won 3 times. See the rest of the artists below. 

  1. Stevie Wonder – Innervisions (1974) | Fulfillingness’ First Finale (1975) | Songs in the Key of Life (1977)
  2. Michael Jackson – Thriller (1984)
  3. Lionel Richie – All Night Long (1985)
  4. Quincy Jones/Various Artists – Back on the Block (1991)
  5. Natalie Cole – Unforgettable…with Love (1992)
  6. Whitney Houston – The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack (1994)
  7. Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1999)
  8. Outkast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2004) 
  9. Ray Charles – Genius Loves Company (2005)
  10. Herbie Hancock – River: The Joni Letters (2008)

Beyonce has won 22 Grammy’s but never one for ‘Album Of The Year’. What do you think?


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