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4 Black Artists Who Won A Grammy For Album Of The Year!!

When it comes to awards and recognitions for musicians, the Grammys is certainly the cream of the crop. Here are four African-American artists who earned the most prestigious, Album of the Year.

  • Michael Jackson – The legendary King of Pop won Album of the Year for Thriller in 1984. When Thriller was released, it became a huge phenomenon. This became Jackson’s first number one album for 37 weeks.

The same year, he became the first artist to bag eight Grammy Awards in just one night. Later in his career, Jackson was presented The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Grammy Legend Award.


He went live on stage during the 38th Grammy Awards and performed The Way You Make Me Feel and Man In The Mirror. Many consider it as one of the best Grammy performances of all-time.

  • Stevie Wonder – This talented and multi-award winner received many recognitions and awards. He is one of Grammy’s top all-time winners with 25 awards under his belt.

At the same time, he is one of three artists who was able to take home Album of the Year three times. The first time was in 1974 for Innervisions. The next year, he won again for Fulfillingness’ First Finale and another one two years later for his work on Songs in the Key of Life.

The other two artists are Frank Sinatra and Paul Simon. Wonder was given a tribute with a TV special: Songs in the Key of Life – An All-Star Grammy Salute where many big names in the music industry performed including himself.

  • Whitney Houston – In 1993, Houston bagged Album of the Year for the soundtrack of the hit movie, The Bodyguard where she also starred in. Houston was given a TV special, We Will Always Love You: A GRAMMY Salute To Whitney Houston with performances by fellow artists including Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, and Usher, among many other.
  • Lauryn Hill – She began her career as a member of the hip-hop group, Fugees and received a Grammy for Best Rap Album. She eventually went solo and released her first album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill which landed the number one spot on the Billboard chart.

The same album earned her a Grammy Award for Album of the Year and was also the first hip-hop album to win this prestigious category. In 1998, Hill became the first woman to take home five Grammy awards in one night.


Written by How Africa

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