See who won Grammy Awards the year you were born (2022)

The 64th annual Grammy Awards are around the corner, if slightly behind schedule on April 3, 2022.

At the 2021 Grammys, Taylor Swift won album of the year for "Folklore," Billie Eilish won record of the year for "Everything I Wanted" and Beyonce won four awards, giving her the record for most Grammy wins by a woman, with 28. (Blue Ivy, her daughter, also won her first Grammy.)

To gear up for the 2022 ceremony, how about taking a look back to Grammy winners through the years? Here's a complete list of every winner for record of the year, song of the year, album of the year and best new artist ... with one very special exception. See who won in the year you were born!

Who are the top Grammy Awards winners of all time?

According to Grammy.com, the artists with the most Grammys are:

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  • The late conductor Georg Solti, 31
  • Quincy Jones, 28
  • Beyonce, 28
  • Country artist Alison Krauss, 27
  • Conductor Pierre Boulez, 26
  • Stevie Wonder, 25
  • The late pianist and composer Vladimir Horowitz, 25
  • Movie composer John Williams, 24
  • Jazz artist Chick Corea, 25
  • U2, 22
  • Vince Gill, 21
  • Jay-Z, 21
  • Kanye West, 21
  • TV composer Henry Mancini, 20
  • Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, 20
  • Engineer and mixer Al Schmitt, 20
  • Bruce Springsteen, 20
  • Tony Bennett, 18
  • Aretha Franklin, 18
  • Yo-Yo Ma, 18
  • Paul McCartney, 18
  • Polka artist Jimmy Sturr, 18

Complete List of Record of the Year Winners

Record of the year is awarded for a single, or one track featured on an album. The award goes to the performer of the song, the producers, the sound engineers and the sound mixers, none of whom may have written it. In other words, it's for the recording of the song, not the song itself.

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  • 2021: "Everything I Wanted," Billie Eilish
  • 2020: "Bad Guy," Billie Eilish
  • 2019: "This Is America," Childish Gambino
  • 2018: "24K Magic," Bruno Mars
  • 2017: "Hello," Adele
  • 2016: "Uptown Funk," Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
  • 2015: "Stay With Me," Sam Smith
  • 2014: "Get Lucky," Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
  • 2013: "Somebody That I Used to Know," Gotye featuring Kimbra
  • 2012: "Rolling in the Deep," Adele
  • 2011: "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum
  • 2010: "Use Somebody," Kings Of Leon
  • 2009: "Please Read the Letter," Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
  • 2008: "Rehab," Amy Winehouse
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  • 2007: "Not Ready to Make Nice," Dixie Chicks
  • 2006: "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Green Day
  • 2005: "Here We Go Again," Ray Charles and Norah Jones
  • 2004: "Clocks," Coldplay
  • 2003: "Don't Know Why," Norah Jones
  • 2002: "Walk On," U2
  • 2001: "Beautiful Day," U2
  • 2000: "Smooth," Santana featuring Rob Thomas
  • 1999: "My Heart Will Go On" (Love Theme From "Titanic") - Celine Dion
  • 1998: "Sunny Came Home," Shawn Colvin
  • 1997: "Change the World," Eric Clapton
  • 1996: "Kiss From a Rose," Seal
  • 1995: "All I Wanna Do," Sheryl Crow
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  • 1994: "I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston
  • 1993: "Tears in Heaven," Eric Clapton
  • 1992: "Unforgettable," Natalie Cole (With Nat "King" Cole)
  • 1991: "Another Day in Paradise," Phil Collins
  • 1990: "Wind Beneath My Wings," Bette Midler
  • 1989: "Don't Worry Be Happy," Bobby McFerrin
  • 1988: "Graceland," Paul Simon
  • 1987: "Higher Love," Steve Winwood
  • 1986: "We Are the World," USA For Africa (Various Artists)
  • 1985: "What's Love Got to Do With It," Tina Turner
  • 1984: "Beat It," Michael Jackson
  • 1983: "Rosanna," Toto
  • 1982: "Bette Davis Eyes," Kim Carnes
  • 1981: "Sailing," Christopher Cross
  • 1980: "What A Fool Believes," The Doobie Brothers
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  • 1979: "Just the Way You Are," Billy Joel
  • 1978: "Hotel California," Eagles
  • 1977: "This Masquerade," George Benson
  • 1976: "Love Will Keep Us Together," Captain & Tennille
  • 1975: "I Honestly Love You," Olivia Newton-John
  • 1974: "Killing Me Softly With His Song," Roberta Flack
  • 1973: "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," Roberta Flack
  • 1972: "It's Too Late," Carole King
  • 1971: "Bridge Over Troubled Water," Simon and Garfunkel
  • 1970: "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)," 5th Dimension
  • 1969: "Mrs. Robinson," Simon and Garfunkel
  • 1968: "Up, Up, and Away," 5th Dimension
  • 1967: "Strangers in the Night," Frank Sinatra
  • 1966: "A Taste of Honey," Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass
  • 1965: "The Girl From Ipanema," Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto
  • 1964: "Days of Wine and Roses," Henry Mancini
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  • 1963: "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," Tony Bennett
  • 1962: "Moon River," Henry Mancini
  • 1961: "The Theme from 'A Summer Place'," Percy Faith and His Orchestra
  • 1960: "Mack the Knife," Bobby Darin
  • 1959: "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)," Domenico Modugno

Complete List of Song of the Year Winners

Song of the year is awarded for a single, or one track featured on an album. The award goes to the songwriter who wrote the lyrics or melody to the song. Names listed here are the performers of the song (who may also be the composers).

  • 2021: "I Can't Breathe," H.E.R.
  • 2020: "Bad Guy," Billie Eilish
  • 2019: "This Is America," Childish Gambino
  • 2018: "That's What I Like," Bruno Mars
  • 2017: "Hello," Adele
  • 2016: "Thinking Out Loud," Ed Sheeran
  • 2015: "Stay With Me," Sam Smith
  • 2014: "Royals," Lorde
  • 2013: "We Are Young," Fun. Featuring Janelle Monae
  • 2012: "Rolling in the Deep," Adele
  • 2011: "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum
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  • 2010: "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," Beyoncé
  • 2009: "Viva la Vida," Coldplay
  • 2008: "Rehab," Amy Winehouse
  • 2007: "Not Ready to Make Nice," Dixie Chicks
  • 2006: "Sometimes You Can't Make it on Your Own," U2
  • 2005: "Daughters," John Mayer
  • 2004: "Dance with My Father," Luther Vandross
  • 2003: "Don't Know Why," Norah Jones
  • 2002: "Fallin'" Alicia Keys
  • 2001: "Beautiful Day," U2
  • 2000: "Smooth," Rob Thomas and Santana
  • 1999: "My Heart Will Go On," Celine Dion
  • 1998: "Sunny Came Home," Shawn Colvin
  • 1997: "Change the World," Eric Clapton
  • 1996: "Kiss From a Rose," Seal
  • 1995: "Streets of Philadelphia," Bruce Springsteen
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  • 1994: "A Whole New World," Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle
  • 1993: "Tears in Heaven," Eric Clapton
  • 1992: "Unforgettable," Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole
  • 1991: "From a Distance," Bette Midler
  • 1990: "Wind Beneath My Wings," Bette Midler
  • 1989: "Don't Worry, Be Happy," Bobby McFerrin
  • 1988: "Somewhere Out There," Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram
  • 1987: "That's What Friends Are For," Dionne Warwick & Friends
  • 1986: "We are the World," USA for Africa
  • 1985: "What's Love Got to Do with It," Tina Turner
  • 1984: "Every Breath You Take," The Police
  • 1983: "Always on My Mind," Willie Nelson
  • 1982: "Bette Davis Eyes," Kim Carnes
  • 1981: "Sailing," Christopher Cross
  • 1980: "What a Fool Believes," The Doobie Brothers
  • 1979: "Just the Way You Are," Billy Joel
  • 1978: "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star is Born)," Barbra Streisand
  • 1977: "I Write the Songs," Barry Manilow
  • 1976: "Send in the Clowns, " Judy Collins
  • 1975: "The Way We Were," Barbra Streisand
  • 1974: "Killing Me Softly with His Song," Roberta Flack
  • 1973: "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," Roberta Flack
  • 1972: "You've Got a Friend," James Taylor & Carole King
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  • 1971: "Bridge Over Troubled Water," Simon & Garfunkel
  • 1970: "Games People Play," Joe South
  • 1969: "Little Green Apples," O.C. Smith
  • 1968: "Up, Up and Away," The 5th Dimension
  • 1967: "Michelle," The Beatles
  • 1966: "The Shadow of Your Smile," Tony Bennett
  • 1965: "Hello, Dolly!" Louis Armstrong
  • 1964: "Days of Wine and Roses," Henry Mancini
  • 1963: "What Kind of Fool Am I," Sammy Davis Jr.
  • 1962: "Moon River," Henry Mancini
  • 1961: "Theme of 'Exodus'," Various Artists
  • 1960: "The Battle of New Orleans," Johnny Horton
  • 1959: "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)," Domenico Modugno

Complete List of Album of the Year Winners

Album of the year once only went to the artist who created the album, and the album's producers. But starting in 1999, sound engineers and mixers are also honored, along with featured artists on the album. Songwriters are not included, though.

  • 2021: Taylor Swift, "Folklore"
  • 2020: Billie Eilish, "When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?"
  • 2019: Kacey Musgraves, "Golden Hour"
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  • 2018: Bruno Mars, "24K Magic"
  • 2017: Adele, "25"
  • 2016: Taylor Swift, "1989"
  • 2015: Beck, "Morning Phase"
  • 2014: Daft Punk, "Random Access Memories"
  • 2013: Mumford & Sons, "Babel"
  • 2012: Adele, "21"
  • 2011: Arcade Fire, "The Suburbs"
  • 2010: Taylor Swift, "Fearless"
  • 2009: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, "Raising Sand"
  • 2008: Herbie Hancock, "River: The Joni Letters"
  • 2007: Dixie Chicks, "Taking the Long Way"
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  • 2006: U2, "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb"
  • 2005: Ray Charles & Various Artists, "Genius Loves Company"
  • 2004: OutKast, "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below"
  • 2003: Norah Jones, "Come Away with Me"
  • 2002: Various Artists, "'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' Soundtrack"
  • 2001: Steely Dan, "Two Against Nature"
  • 2000: Santana, "Supernatural"
  • 1999: Lauryn Hill, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill"
  • 1998: Bob Dylan, "Time Out of Mind"
  • 1997: Celine Dion, "Falling Into You"
  • 1996: Alanis Morissette, "Jagged Little Pill"
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  • 1995: Tony Bennett, "MTV Unplugged"
  • 1994: Whitney Houston, "The Bodyguard"
  • 1993: Eric Clapton, "Unplugged"
  • 1992: Natalie Cole, "Unforgettable... with Love"
  • 1991: Quincy Jones & Various Artists, "Back on the Block"
  • 1990: Bonnie Raitt, "Nick of Time"
  • 1989: George Michael, "Faith"
  • 1988: U2, "The Joshua Tree"
  • 1987: Paul Simon, "Graceland"
  • 1986: Phil Collins, "No Jacket Required"
  • 1985: Lionel Richie, "Can't Slow Down"
  • 1984: Michael Jackson, "Thriller"
  • 1983: Toto, "Toto IV"
  • 1982: John Lennon & Yoko Ono, "Double Fantasy"
  • 1981: Christopher Cross, "Christopher Cross"
  • 1980: Billy Joel, "52nd Street"
  • 1979: Various Artists, "'Saturday Night Fever' Soundtrack"
  • 1978: Fleetwood Mac, "Rumours"
  • 1977: Stevie Wonder, "Songs in the Key of Life"
  • 1976: Paul Simon, "Still Crazy After All These Years"
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  • 1975: Stevie Wonder, "Fulfillingness' First Finale"
  • 1974: Stevie Wonder, "Innervisions"
  • 1973: George Harrison & Friends (Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton & Klaus Voormann), "The Concert for Bangladesh"
  • 1972: Carole King, "Tapestry"
  • 1971: Simon & Garfunkel, "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
  • 1970: Blood, Sweat & Tears, "Blood, Sweat & Tears"
  • 1969: Glen Campbell, "By the Time I Get to Phoenix"
  • 1968: The Beatles, "Sgt. Pepper"s Lonely Hearts Club Band"
  • 1967: Frank Sinatra, "A Man and His Music"
  • 1966: Frank Sinatra, "September of My Years"
  • 1965: Stan Getz & João Gilberto, "Getz/Gilberto"
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  • 1964: Barbra Streisand, "The Barbra Streisand Album"
  • 1963: Vaughn Meader, "The First Family"
  • 1962: Judy Garland, "Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall"
  • 1961: Bob Newhart, "The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart"
  • 1960: Frank Sinatra, "Come Fly With Me!"
  • 1959: Henry Mancini, "The Music from Peter Gunn"

Complete List of Best New Artist Winners

Though eligibility rules have changed over the years, currently an artist must have released at least five singles or tracks, or one album in the eligible year; may not have appeared in the category more than three times before, including as a member of a group; and must have achieved a breakthrough in the public consciousness.

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In 1990, Milli Vanilli's Grammy was rescinded after it was revealed that the men awarded (Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus) had not actually sung on the album.

  • 2021: Megan Thee Stallion
  • 2020: Billie Eilish
  • 2019: Dua Lipa
  • 2018: Alessia Cara
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  • 2017: Chance the Rapper
  • 2016: Meghan Trainor
  • 2015: Sam Smith
  • 2014: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • 2013: Fun
  • 2012: Bon Iver
  • 2011: Esperanza Spalding
  • 2010: Zac Brown Band
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  • 2009: Adele
  • 2008: Amy Winehouse
  • 2007: Carrie Underwood
  • 2006: John Legend
  • 2005: Maroon 5
  • 2004: Evanescence
  • 2003: Norah Jones
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  • 2002: Alicia Keys
  • 2001: Shelby Lynne
  • 2000: Christina Aguilera
  • 1999: Lauryn Hill
  • 1998: Paula Cole
  • 1997: LeAnn Rimes
  • 1996: Hootie & the Blowfish
  • 1995: Sheryl Crow
  • 1994: Toni Braxton
  • 1993: Arrested Development
  • 1992: Marc Cohn
  • 1991: Mariah Carey
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  • 1990: Milli Vanilli (rescinded)
  • 1989: Tracy Chapman
  • 1988: Jody Watley
  • 1987: Bruce Hornsby and the Range
  • 1986: Sade
  • 1985: Cyndi Lauper
  • 1984: Culture Club
  • 1983: Men at Work
  • 1982: Sheena Easton
  • 1981: Christopher Cross
  • 1980: Rickie Lee Jones
  • 1979: A Taste of Honey
  • 1978: Debby Boone
  • 1977: Starland Vocal Band
  • 1976: Natalie Cole
  • 1975: Marvin Hamlisch
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  • 1974: Bette Midler
  • 1973: America
  • 1972: Carly Simon
  • 1971: The Carpenters
  • 1970: Crosby, Stills & Nash
  • 1969: José Feliciano
  • 1968: Bobbie Gentry
  • 1966: Tom Jones
  • 1965: The Beatles
  • 1964: The Swingle Singers
  • 1963: Robert Goulet
  • 1962: Peter Nero
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  • 1961: Bob Newhart
  • 1960: Bobby Darin

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FAQs

Who won the 1st Grammy Award? ›

1st Annual Grammy Awards

What does Grammy stand for? ›

The Recording Academy. First awarded. May 4, 1959 (as Gramophone Award) Website. grammy.com.

Why is Grammy so important? ›

A Grammy Award is any of a series of awards presented each year in the United States by either the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences or the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. The Grammys, as they are commonly known, are meant to recognize spectacular work in the music industry.

Who won the first Grammy for best song? ›

Rather the very first Record of the Year and Song of the Year awards both went to “Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)” by Domenico Modugno, while Album of the Year went to The Music from Peter Gunn by Henry Mancini. As for Sinatra, he fortunately didn't go home empty-handed.

How much is a Grammy Award? ›

Total Cost of Awards for the Grammys: $1,260

Grammy Awards will be given in 84 categories at the 62nd annual ceremony in 2020, bringing the minimum cost of all the statuettes created for the show to $1,260.

Do Grammy winners get money? ›

Do artists get money for winning a Grammy? The short answer is no: Artists, producers, and/or songwriters do not get a check or monetary amount for winning an award. But what they do get, however, is a whole lot of recognition, and they'll forever be known as "the Grammy award-winning singer _____."

Is Grammy hard to win? ›

By increasing the number of nominees, the minimum percentage of the total votes an artist or song or album needs in order to win falls from a little over 20 percent to a little over 12.5 percent.

Who has the highest Grammy Award? ›

Awards
  • The record for the most Grammy Awards won in a lifetime is held by Georg Solti, a Hungarian-British conductor who was music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for twenty-two years (1969-1991). ...
  • As a solo artist, collaborator, and songwriter, Beyoncé has won 28 Grammy Awards.

How does one win a Grammy? ›

After vote tabulation, GRAMMY winners are announced at the GRAMMY Awards Premiere and telecast ceremonies. The recording with the most votes in a category wins. Ties are possible in which case the two [or more] nominees who tie are considered winners.

How do you become a Grammy? ›

To be eligible for GRAMMY Award consideration, an album must contain greater than 75 percent playing time of newly recorded (within five years of the release date), previously unreleased recordings*. The current eligibility rule is 50 percent.

How are Grammy winners chosen? ›

Only Recording Academy voting members are eligible to vote for the Grammy Awards. This means that Grammys winners are determined by the artists', musicians', songwriters' and producers' peers.

Who was the first black person to win a Grammy? ›

Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie: First Black Grammy' Winners.

When was the first Grammy awarded? ›

Who has the most GRAMMYs ever? ›

Awards
  • The record for the most Grammy Awards won in a lifetime is held by Georg Solti, a Hungarian-British conductor who was music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for twenty-two years (1969-1991). ...
  • As a solo artist, collaborator, and songwriter, Beyoncé has won 28 Grammy Awards.

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