Among all the records that, from 1958 to 2021, obtained the Grammy Award most prestigious, the Best Album of the Year, there is music for all tastes. Masterpieces that marked times and transcended generations. Styles as varied as wonderful. Tens of consecrated albums that made history.
Developing a ranking of the subjective is not necessary for this note. Here, to calm the anxiety before the imminence of a new installment, goes the top five of the records that more gramophones harvested since the Grammys came to the world.
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Supernatural: Nine Grammy Awards in 2000
It is known as the greatest revival in music history. “Supernatural” returned to Carlos Santana at the top of the charts after a twilight of 28 years and the night of glory and world recognition came just in the first installment of the Grammy awards of the millennium, where he swept everything and equaled the mark of Michael Jackson in 1984 with eight awards in one go.
In addition to them, the subject Smooth won Best Song of the Year, an award that went to songwriters Itaal Shur and rob thomasand so “Supernatural” reached the record of nine statuettes in the same edition.
Gone was his legendary presentation at Woodstock. Towards the end of the 90s, the Mexican guitarist had spent seven years without recording an album and his figure was worn within the music industry. It was idea of clive davis -producer who led Whitney Houston and Aerosmith, among others, to success- bet on brilliant collaborations that would have Santana as a guest on his own album.
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This is how songs like Smooth (with rob thomas), Maria, Maria (beside The Product G&B), Thorned heart (shared with Manna) and The Calling (accompanied by Eric Clapton). The record, which was released on June 15, 1999, quickly blew up all the charts, sold over 30 million copies globally and became the most awarded album in Grammy history.
How to dismantle an atomic bomb: Nine Grammy Awards in 2005 and 2006
To say that “How to dismantle an atomic nomb”, by U2is one of the most successful albums of the Grammy awards someone could find it cheating, but ultimately the accounts mark it as such. The detail is that the total of prizes was obtained in two editions.
Vertigothe first single from the album, arrived in time to compete in three categories of the Grammy 2005 and won them all, including Best Rock Song. A year later, the album qualified for his consideration and was nominated in five fields – he scooped it all up againincluding Best Album of the Year, Best Rock Album and Best Record of the Year.
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Steve Lillywhite joined Bono’s band onstage and took home the Grammy for Non-Classical Producer of the Year for his work on the record. That is to say: “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” obtained nine gramophones in two different years.
Thriller: eight Grammy Awards in 1984
It was the sixth album Michael Jackson and his crowning work. The one that changed pop history and started the modern era of music videos. The One That Ended Apartheid on commercial radio and sold over 100 million copies worldwide. The one who made him King. And the one who, in 1984, won eight Grammy Awards in one night, something that no one had achieved in the previous 25 editions.
“thriller”which counted in its realization with stellar collaborations such as those of Paul MCCARTNEY and the guitarists Eddie Van Halen and Steve Luketherwon the most coveted awards, Best Album and Best Recording of the Year (beat it).
the record producer quincy jones had his distensions, Jackson himself shone in the solo categories and, of course, the jewel directed by John Landislasting 14 minutes and an investment of 500 thousand dollars, which included special effects, sounds, voices and makeup, as well as an unforgettable choreography and a memorable red leather jacket, took the prize for Best Long Form Music Video. It might as well have been worth an Oscar…
Come away with me: eight Grammy Awards in 2003
At just 23 years old, Norah Jones did with “Come away with I” one of the most classic albums of recent times, where pop and jazz flow like second nature in the voice of this performer, composer, pianist and Ravi Shankar’s daughter –the man with the zither who captivated The Beatles-, whose first record (yes, first album) was shipped with eight gramophones in 2003, at Madison Square Garden in New York.
She won Best Album of the Year Overall and Pop Vocal, Best Recording, Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, awards that were added to those of JesseHarris -who composed the song Don´t know whyincluded in the revelation album- and those of its producer (Arif Hardin) and sound engineers (S. Husky Höskulds and Jay Newland).
Genius Loves Company: Eight Grammy Awards in 2005
Ray Charles’s posthumous work, “Genius Loves Compay” (2004), released a year after his death, was the great winner of the 47th edition of the Grammys by achieving eight of the ten awards to which he aspired. In addition to Best Album of the Year, he also won the award for Best Recording of the Year for the song Here we go again withperformed hand in hand with Norah Jones.
The album, produced by John Burk for Concord Records, the record label of the Starbucks chain, is made up of 12 duets by soul father with artists like the one mentioned Norah Jones, James Taylor, Van Morrison, Elton John or Diana Krallamong others.
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