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INTRODUCTION

The Grammy awards are the most prestigious music awards in modern popular music. There are many categories in the ceremony but the biggest award is the award for best album. This page looks at the backgrounds of the artists who won this award. As the Grammy awards are an American award, most winners have been American. 

Charts

1. Region of Birth or Band Origin of US Best Album Grammy Winners

2. Country of Birth or Band Origin of Best Album Grammy Winners

3. Most Common State of Birth or Band Origin of US Best Album Grammy Winners

Data Table

4. Best Album Grammy Award by Artist, Work and Origin of Artist

The best album Grammy award is the most prestigious award in the music world today. It is considered the height of musical achievement in modern popular music. 

Different regions have different musical cultures and styles as well as a different concentration record companies. The presence of a major record label in a place can result in large numbers of artists from that area becoming successful. 

The Northeast is by far the most common region of birth or origin of band for best album Grammy winners with New York and New jersey being especially well represented. Frank Sinatra, who has won the award 3 times, is from New Jersey in the Northeast. The Midwest has the 2nd most with 27%. Stevie Wonder who has also won the award 3 times is from Detroit in the Midwestern state of Michigan. The South has notably just 17% despite being the origin of many musical styles. It's worth noting that Elvis Presley, who originated in the South, rose to prominence years before the Grammy awards started. 

Note: "Band Origin" refers to the place where the band was formed. Usually that is also in the same region of birth of the main band members.

Frank Sinatra, from New Jersey in the Northeast of the United States, won Album of the Year 3 times.

Since the Grammy awards are an American award, it's not surprising that best album winners most commonly originated from the USA. The UK is the origin of 17% of Best Album winners. All other countries combined are 12%. The chart reflects the domination of these the USA and the UK in the global music industry. The success of British artists at the Grammy's reflects the global reach of British music from the Beatles in the 60s to Adele recently. 

American musician Stevie Wonder won Album of the Year 3 times. 

New York is the origin of the largest number of American Best Album winners with 8 winners, 7 of them from New York City. New York City has long been the center of the American music industry and is also often called the world capital of music. The neighbouring state of New Jersey is 2nd with 7 which is impressive for the 11th largest state. Within New Jersey, Newark is the birthplace of the winners of 3 Best Album Winners. Despite being the largest state, California is well behind New York and New Jersey. 

Note: Where two artists collaborated, each counts as 0.5 for the chart.

DATA TABLE
4. Best Album Grammy Award by Artist, Work and Origin of Artist
Year
Artist
Work
City/town of birth/origin
US State of birth/origin
Country of birth/origin
Racial/Ethnic group
1959
Henry Mancini
The Music from Peter Gunn
Cleveland
Ohio
USA
White/European
1960
Frank Sinatra
Come Dance with Me!
Hoboken
New Jersey
USA
White/European
1961
Bob Newhart
The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
Oak Park
Illinois
USA
White/European
1962
Judy Garland
Judy at Carnegie Hall
Grand Rapids
Minnesota
USA
White/European
1963
Vaughn Meader
The First Family
Waterville
Maine
USA
White/European
1964
Barbra Streisand
The Barbra Streisand Album
New York City
New York
USA
White/European
1965
Stan Getz
Getz/Gilberto
Philadelphian
Pennsylvania
USA
White/European
Joao Gilberto
Juazeri
N/A
Brazil
White/European
1966
Frank Sinatra
September of My Years
Hoboken
New Jersey
USA
White/European
1967
Frank Sinatra
A Man and His Music
Hoboken
New Jersey
USA
White/European
1968
The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Liverpool
N/A
UK
White/European
1969
Glen Campbell
By the Time I Get to Phoenix
Delight
Arkansas
USA
White/European
1970
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Blood, Sweat & Tears
New York City
New York
USA
White/European
1971
Simon & Garfunkel
Bridge over Troubled Water
New York City
New York
USA
White/European
1972
Carole King
Tapestry
New York City
New York
USA
White/European
1973
George Harrison
The Concert for Bangladesh
Liverpool
N/A
UK
White/European
1974
Stevie Wonder
Innervisions
Saginaw
Michigan
USA
Black/African
1975
Stevie Wonder
Fulfillingness' First Finale
Saginaw
Michigan
USA
Black/African
1976
Paul Simon
Still Crazy After All These Years
Newark
New Jersey
USA
White/European
1977
Stevie Wonder
Songs in the Key of Life
Saginaw
Michigan
USA
Black/African
1978
Fleetwood Mac
Rumours
London
N/A
UK
White/European
1979
Barry Gibb
Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track
Douglas
N/A
Isle of Man
White/European
1980
Billy Joel
52nd Street
New York City
New York
USA
White/European
1981
Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
San Antonio
Texas
USA
White/European
1982
John Lennon
Double Fantasy
Liverpool
N/A
UK
White/European
Yoko Ono
Tokyo
N/A
Japan
East Asian
1983
Toto
Toto IV
Orange
Texas
USA
White/European
1984
Michael Jackson
Thriller
Gary
Indiana
USA
Black/African
1985
Lionel Richie
Can't Slow Down
Tuskegee
Alabama
USA
Black/African
1986
Phil Collins
No Jacket Required
London
N/A
UK
White/European
1987
Paul Simon
Graceland
Newark
New Jersey
USA
White/European
1988
U2
The Joshua Tree
Dublin
N/A
Ireland
White/European
1989
George Michael
Faith
London
N/A
UK
White/European
1990
Bonnie Raitt
Nick of Time
Burbank
California
USA
White/European
1991
Quincy Jones and various artists
Back on the Block
Chicago
Illinois
USA
White/European
1992
Natalie Cole
Unforgettable... with Love
Los Angeles
California
USA
Black/African
1993
Eric Clapton
Unplugged
Ripley
N/A
UK
White/European
1994
Whitney Houston[B]
The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album
Newark
New Jersey
USA
Black/African
1995
Tony Bennett
MTV Unplugged
New York City
New York
USA
White/European
1996
Alanis Morissette
Jagged Little Pill
Ottowa
N/A
Canada
White/European
1997
Celine Dion
Falling into You
Charlemagne
N/A
Canada
White/European
1998
Bob Dylan
Time Out of Mind
Duluth
Minnesota
USA
White/European
1999
Lauryn Hill
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
East Orange
New Jersey
USA
Black/African
2000
Santana
Supernatural
San Francisco
California
USA
Mestizo
2001
Steely Dan
Two Against Nature
Annandale-on-Hudson
New York
USA
White/European
2002
Various artists[C] Produced by T Bone Burnett
O Brother, Where Art Thou?soundtrack
St Louis
Missouri
USA
White/European
2003
Norah Jones
Come Away with Me
New York City
New York
USA
Eurasian
2004
OutKast
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
East Point
Georgia
USA
Black/African
2005
Ray Charles
Genius Loves Company
Albany
Georgia
USA
Black/African
2006
U2
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Dublin
N/A
Ireland
White/European
2007
Dixie Chicks
Taking the Long Way
Dallas
Texas
USA
White/European
2008
Herbie Hancock
River: The Joni Letters
Chicago
Illinois
USA
Black/African
2009
Robert Plant
Raising Sand
West Bromwich
N/A
UK
White/European
Alison Krauss
Decatur
Illinois
USA
White/European
2010
Taylor Swift
Fearless
Reading
Pennsylvania
USA
White/European
2011
Arcade Fire
The Suburbs
Montreal
N/A
Canada
White/European
2012
Adele
21
London
N/A
UK
White/European
2013
Mumford & Sons
Babel
London
N/A
UK
White/European
2014
Daft Punk
Random Access Memories
Paris
N/A
France
White/European
2015
Beck
Morning Phase
Los Angeles
California
USA
White/European
2016
Taylor Swift
1989
Reading
Pennsylvania
USA
White/European
2017
Adele
25
London
N/A
UK
White/European
2018
Bruno Mars
24K Magic
Honolulu
Hawaii
USA
Multiracial
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