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Nothing marks success in a musician's career quite like a Grammy Award — especially the most coveted statue in the race, album of the year. Though several musicians have been decorated many times over with golden gramophones, only an elite few have secured the top prize since America's grandest music ceremony began in 1959.
Some more recent album of the year winners include Kacey Musgraves, Bruno Mars, Adele, Beck, Taylor Swift, Daft Punk and Mumford & Sons, but the honor dates all the way back to Henry Mancini's inaugural win for The Music From Peter Gun, which beat out industry legends like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Sinatra, however, ranks among the select group of repeat album of the year winners, which also includes Tom Coyne, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon.
Two of the award's latest recipients, Adele and Swift, are the only women to have taken home the high honor more than once for 21 and 25, as well as Fearless and 1989, respectively. With Fearless, Swift surpassed Alanis Morissette as the category's youngest victor at 20 years old. Singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves is the current album of the year holder, winning in 2019 for Golden Hour.
Read about more of the past album of the year champs below.
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