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Every Album of the Year Grammy Winner from the Last 50 Years

In our current era, many have questioned the relevance and significance of the Grammys. Lots of music not even on the Recording Academy's radar is top-selling and universally beloved, and each year, there are at least a handful of nominees who we see and go, “Who is that?”

Whether or not you take the Grammys seriously, though, there is no denying the clout of an Album of the Year award, and what winning one can do for an artist. Each year, the Grammys save the best for last, leaving us guessing until the very end who will win Album of the Year. This year, Lil Nas X, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, and more are up for Album of the Year. Here, we list the Album of the Year winners from the past 50 Grammy Awards. 

2019: Kacey Musgraves, ‘Golden Hour’

Producer: Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves, Daniel Tashian
Label: MCA Nashville

2018: Bruno Mars, ‘24K Magic’

Producer: Shampoo Press & Curl
Label: Atlantic

2017: Adele, ‘25’

Producer: Danger Mouse, Samuel Dixon, Paul Epworth, Greg Kurstin, Max Martin, Ariel Rechtshaid, Shellback, The Smeezingtons, & Ryan Tedder
Label: XL/Columbia

2016: Taylor Swift, ‘1989’

Producer: Jack Antonoff, Nathan Chapman, Imogen Heap, Max Martin, Mattman & Robin, Ali Payami, Shellback, Taylor Swift, Ryan Tedder, & Noel Zancanella
Label: Big Machine

2015: Beck, ‘Morning Phase’

Producer: Beck Hansen
Label: Capitol/Fonograf

2014: Daft Punk, ‘Random Access Memories’

Producer: Thomas Bangalter, Julian Casablancas, Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, DJ Falcon & Todd Edwards
Label: Gang/Electric Lady/Henson/Conway/Capitol

2013: Mumford & Sons, ‘Babel’

Producer: Markus Dravs
Label: Island/Glassnote/Gentlemen of the Road

2012: Adele, ‘21’

Producer: Jim Abbiss, Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth, Rick Rubin, Fraser T Smith, Ryan Tedder, & Dan Wilson
Label: XL/Columbia

2011: Arcade Fire, ‘The Suburbs’

Producer: Arcade Fire & Markus Dravs
Label: Merge/City Slang/Mercury