10 Grammy Album of the Year Winners: Where Are They Now?

10 Grammy Album of the Year Winners: Where Are They Now?
L to R: This year's GRAMMY award nominees for Album of the Year include: The Weeknd (Photo by Johnny Nunez/BET/Getty Images for BET); Taylor Swift (Photo by Jun Sato/LP5/Getty Images for TS); Chris Stapleton (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/ WireImage); Kendrick Lamar (Photo by Josh Brasted/WireImage); Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes (Photo by David Wolff - Patrick/Redferns via Getty Images)

The biggest names in music will hit the red carpet in Los Angeles on February 15 for the 58th annual GRAMMY Awards, and we’re counting down the minutes till showtime. Fans can expect live performances by Adele and Justin Bieber, Little Big Town and they’re in for an extra special treat when Lady Gaga takes the stage to pay tribute to David Bowie. Mother Monster just nailed the “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl 50 and has performed stunning tributes to Stevie Wonder and The Sound of Music in the past, and we’re sure she’ll do the late great art rocker proud.

Perhaps the night’s biggest moment will undoubtedly be Album of the Year.

Beck edged out BeyoncΓ© and Sam Smith last year in a dark horse victory for his album Morning Phase, and this year’s winner is anyone’s guess as Alabama Shakes (Sound & Color), Kendrick Lamar (To Pimp a Butterfly), Chris Stapleton (Traveller), Taylor Swift (1989), and The Weeknd (Beauty Behind the Madness) all vie for the top honor.

As we count down to Music’s Big Night, here are the Album of the Year winners from the past 10 years and a look at where they are now.

1. 2015 – Beck, Morning Phase

Beck’s understated ninth album was a hit with critics and fans alike but flew just below the mainstream radar, making his Album of the Year win a surprise for most. A year later the album sounds as fresh as ever, and the multi-talented master of reinvention has fans eagerly awaiting his upcoming performances in Phoenix and New Orleans.

2. 2014 – Daft Punk, Random Access Memories

Dance music officially arrived in 2014 as French electro duo Daft Punk practically swept the night, taking home 5 GRAMMYs including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for the Pharrell-featured jam “Get Lucky”. The notoriously reclusive pair came out of hiding for a star-studded GRAMMY performance featuring Pharrell, Stevie Wonder, and Nile Rodgers, but they’ve kept a low profile ever since, leaving fans to wonder what they’ll get up to next.

3. 2013 – Mumford & Sons, Babel

The British indie folk band’s sophomore album was one of the top-selling records of 2012, and the GRAMMYs honored it accordingly. The group repeated that success in 2015 with their third album Wilder Mind, topping charts around the world and drumming up major excitement among US fans for their upcoming spring tour dates.

4. 2012 – Adele, 21

Adele dominated the pop landscape in 2011 with global No. 1s like “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You”, and she took home all six GRAMMYs she was nominated for at the 2012 awards. She added an Oscar to her trophy collection the following year for her James Bond song “Skyfall”, and in 2015 she made a triumphant return to the top of the charts with “Hello”, the lead single from her critically acclaimed third album 25. Stateside fans can catch her this summer on the North American leg of her Adele Live 2016 tour.

5. 2011 – Arcade Fire, The Suburbs

The Canadian critical darlings scored a coup for indie rockers everywhere when they won Album of the Year in 2011 — a major milestone in indie’s increasing popularity in the mainstream. They followed up strong in 2013 with Reflektor, an ambitious double album that has fans eagerly awaiting their forthcoming fifth album.

6. 2010 – Taylor Swift, Fearless

T-Swift became the youngest artist in history to win Album of the Year when she took home the prize for Fearless in 2010, and she’s a favorite in the category once again this year for her pop masterpiece 1989. Whether or not she repeats the feat is anyone’s guess, with strong albums from Kendrick, Alabama Shakes, The Weeknd, and Chris Stapleton in the mix.

7. 2009 – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Raising Sand

The T-Bone Burnett-produced album won over critics and fans alike thanks to its soulful sound and the complementary voices of Plant and Krauss. Krauss went on to top the Country charts in 2011 with her album Paper Airplane while Plant formed the Sensational Space Shifters, a seriously talented band that he’s been playing with ever since. Southern fans can catch Plant and company at their upcoming shows in Alabama, Louisiana, and Florida.

8. 2008 – Herbie Hancock, River: The Joni Letters

A jazz legend joining forces with luminaries like Leonard Cohen, Tina Turner, and Norah Jones to cover folk icon Joni Mitchell? If that’s not a recipe for Album of the Year we don’t know what is. Hancock has remained prolific since then, releasing The Imagine Project in 2010, joining the UCLA teaching faculty, and collaborating with hip hop visionary Flying Lotus on his 2014 album You’re Dead. Fans can see this beloved seasoned veteran deliver one of his masterful live performances this April at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

9. 2007 – Dixie Chicks, Taking the Long Way

The Dixie Chicks overshadowed just about everyone in 2007, beating out stellar albums by Justin Timberlake and Gnarls Barkley to nab Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year. They’ve been relatively quiet since then, so it’s no surprise that excitement for their upcoming DCX MMXVI World Tour is at fever pitch.

10. 2006 – U2, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

U2’s 11th studio album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb caused an explosion of its own, selling more than 10 million copies and winning all 9 GRAMMYs it was nominated for. U2 has been a touring juggernaut ever since, bringing it to fans on the Vertigo Tour (2005-2006), the U2 360Β° Tour (2009-2011), and the Innocence + Experience Tour (2015).


The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards airs Feb 15, 2016 at 8/7c on CBS. Check out which GRAMMY nominees are on tour now.

Update: Modified the text to reflect Fearless, which was incorrectly stated as Red.