Who will take home Grammy's biggest prize?
Once upon a midnight dreary, Beyoncé gave the world something to talk about. And listen to. And watch. In the early morning hours of December 13, 2013, the singer, songwriter, dancer, working mom and media mogul released her self-titled fifth album: a 14-song, 17-video collection she'd recorded in secret and readied without warning. For the first week, Beyoncé was available exclusively through iTunes, and as brick-and-mortar retailers harrumphed and critics scrambled to write think pieces, fans ate it up. More than a year later, they still are. It's a powerful set of cutting-edge pop and R&B tunes, many centering on sexuality and female empowerment. If Sam Smith wins the 2015 Grammy for Album of the Year, he says he'll give it to Beyoncé.
|Release Date||Dec. 12, 2013|
Billboard 200 peak
|No. 1 (three weks)|
|Album sales (as of Feb. 2, 2015)||2.2 million|
Fun Fact: Five of Beyoncé's songs reached the Billboard Hot 100, including "Drunk in Love" (featuring Jay Z), which hit No. 2 -- Beyoncé's highest-charting single since 2009.