Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album

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Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album
Awarded forQuality pop music albums
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1968
Currently held by Ariana Grande, Sweetener (2019)
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album is an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, [1] to recording artists for quality pop music albums. Awards in several categories are distributed annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position." [2]

Pop music is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form in the United States and United Kingdom during the mid-1950s. The terms "popular music" and "pop music" are often used interchangeably, although the former describes all music that is popular and includes many diverse styles. "Pop" and "rock" were roughly synonymous terms until the late 1960s, when they became increasingly differentiated from each other.

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The honor was first presented in 1968 at the 10th Grammy Awards as Best Contemporary Album to The Beatles for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band . The category was then discontinued until 1995 where it emerged with the new name Best Pop Album. In 2001, the category became known as Best Pop Vocal Album. According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, the award is presented to artists that perform "albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded pop vocal tracks." [3]

The Beatles English rock band

The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The line-up of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr led the band to be regarded as the foremost and most influential in history. With a sound rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the group were integral to the evolution of pop music into an art form, and to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s. They often incorporated elements of classical music, older pop forms, and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways, and in later years experimented with a number of musical styles ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock. As they continued to draw influences from a variety of cultural sources, their musical and lyrical sophistication grew, and they came to be seen as embodying the era's sociocultural movements.

<i>Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band</i> 1967 studio album by The Beatles

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. Released on 26 May 1967 in the United Kingdom and 2 June 1967 in the United States, it spent 27 weeks at number one on the UK Albums Chart and 15 weeks at number one in the US. It was lauded by critics for its innovations in production, songwriting and graphic design, for bridging a cultural divide between popular music and high art, and for providing a musical representation of its generation and the contemporary counterculture. It won four Grammy Awards in 1968, including Album of the Year, the first rock LP to receive this honour.

Kelly Clarkson and Adele are the only two-time winners of this award, Clarkson was the first to win twice. Clarkson and Justin Timberlake have both been nominated five times, more than any other artist, though Clarkson is the only artist to have the most solo albums nominated. Three of Timberlake's are solo, two are from NSYNC.

Kelly Clarkson American singer, actress

Kelly Brianne Clarkson is an American singer, songwriter, and television personality. She rose to fame in 2002 after winning the inaugural season of the reality competition television series American Idol, which earned her a record deal with RCA Records. Clarkson's debut single, "A Moment Like This", topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and became the country's best-selling single of 2002. It was followed by the release of her debut album, Thankful (2003), which debuted atop the US Billboard 200. Trying to reinvent her image, Clarkson decided to part ways with Idol management and shifted to pop rock music for her second album, Breakaway (2004). After numerous top 40 radio number-one singles, such as "Since U Been Gone" and "Because of You", the album sold over 15 million copies worldwide and earned Clarkson two Grammy Awards.

Adele British singer-songwriter

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer-songwriter. After graduating from the BRIT School in 2006, Adele signed a recording contract with XL Recordings. In 2007, she received the Brit Awards Critics' Choice award and won the BBC Sound of 2008 poll. Her debut album, 19, was released in 2008 to commercial and critical success. It is certified eight times platinum in the UK, and three times platinum in the US. The album contains her first song, "Hometown Glory", written when she was 16, which is based on her home suburb of West Norwood in London. An appearance she made on Saturday Night Live in late 2008, boosted her career in the US. At the 51st Grammy Awards in 2009, Adele received the awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Justin Timberlake American singer, record producer, and actor from Tennessee

Justin Randall Timberlake, often known by his initials, JT, is an American singer-songwriter, actor, dancer, and record producer. Born and raised in Tennessee, he appeared on the television shows Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club as a child. In the late 1990s, Timberlake rose to prominence as one of the two lead vocalists and youngest member of NSYNC, which eventually became one of the best-selling boy bands of all time. Timberlake began to adopt a more mature image as an artist with the release of his debut solo album, the R&B-focused Justified (2002), which yielded the successful singles "Cry Me a River" and "Rock Your Body", and earned his first two Grammy Awards.

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The Beatles won Best Contemporary Album in 1968 for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which also won Album of the Year. The Beatles in America.JPG
The Beatles won Best Contemporary Album in 1968 for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band , which also won Album of the Year.
Celine Dion's Falling into You, the 1997 winner, also won Album of the Year. Celine Dion by Linda Bisset.jpg
Celine Dion's Falling into You , the 1997 winner, also won Album of the Year.
Norah Jones' Come Away with Me, the 2003 winner, also won Album of the Year. Norah Jones Cannes.jpg
Norah Jones' Come Away with Me , the 2003 winner, also won Album of the Year.
Justin Timberlake has been nominated five times, more than any other artist. His album Justified won in 2004. JustinTimberlakeJune07 crop.jpg
Justin Timberlake has been nominated five times, more than any other artist. His album Justified won in 2004.
Ray Charles' final album, Genius Loves Company, won this award and Album of the Year in 2005. Ray Charles (cropped).jpg
Ray Charles' final album, Genius Loves Company , won this award and Album of the Year in 2005.
Kelly Clarkson was the first artist to win this award twice. Breakaway won in 2006; Stronger won in 2013. Kelly Clarkson 2006.jpg
Kelly Clarkson was the first artist to win this award twice. Breakaway won in 2006; Stronger won in 2013.
Taylor Swift received two nominations in this category. Her album, 1989, won this award and Album of the Year in 2016. Taylor Swift Reputation Tour31.jpg
Taylor Swift received two nominations in this category. Her album, 1989 , won this award and Album of the Year in 2016.
Adele has won this award twice: for 21 in 2012, and for 25 in 2017. Both albums also won Album of the Year. ADELE LIVE 2017 at ADELAIDE OVAL, South AUSTRALIA (cut with edit light).jpg
Adele has won this award twice: for 21 in 2012, and for 25 in 2017. Both albums also won Album of the Year.
Year [I] Performing artist(s)WorkNomineesRef.
1968 The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [5]
1995 Bonnie Raitt Longing in Their Hearts [6]
1996 Joni Mitchell Turbulent Indigo [7]
1997 Celine Dion Falling into You [8]
1998 James Taylor Hourglass [9]
1999 Madonna Ray of Light [10]
2000 Sting Brand New Day [11]
2001 Steely Dan Two Against Nature [12]
2002 Sade Lovers Rock [13]
2003 Norah Jones Come Away with Me [14]
2004 Justin Timberlake Justified [15]
2005 Ray Charles & Various Artists Genius Loves Company [16]
2006 Kelly Clarkson Breakaway [17]
2007 John Mayer Continuum [18]
2008 Amy Winehouse Back to Black [19]
2009 Duffy Rockferry [20]
2010 The Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. [21]
2011 Lady Gaga The Fame Monster [22]
2012 Adele 21 [23]
2013 Kelly Clarkson Stronger [24]
2014 Bruno Mars Unorthodox Jukebox [24]
2015 Sam Smith In the Lonely Hour [25]
2016 Taylor Swift 1989 [26]
2017 Adele 25 [27]
2018 Ed Sheeran ÷ [28]
2019 Ariana Grande Sweetener [29]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

Artists with multiple wins

2 wins

Artists with multiple nominations

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