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Adele, Taylor Swift & the Female Superstars Who Won Album of the Year Before Turning 25

When Lorde won two Grammys for “Royals” in 2014, she became, at age 17, the third-youngest solo artist in history to take home a statue in any category. Now 21, she would be the second-youngest winner in the album of the year category if Melodrama takes the prize -- and she would be joining an elite, now five-member club made up entirely of women under 25.

Taylor Swift, 20

One of Swift’s many impressive achievements before turning legal drinking age: besting Lady Gaga and Beyoncé in 2010 with her second album, Fearless.

Alanis Morissette, 21

Morissette’s fully formed major-label debut, Jagged Little Pill, earned four wins at the 1996 Grammys, including the top prize.

Barbra Streisand, 22

Streisand kicked off one of the most fruitful careers in 20th-century entertainment with The Barbra Streisand Album, which won in 1963.

Lauryn Hill, 23

The former Fugee scored 10 nominations and five wins at the 1999 Grammys with The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, her first -- and to date, only -- solo LP.

Adele, 23

Though, of course, 21 when she recorded her second album, 21, Adele was practically a veteran when she won the top honor in 2012.

This article originally appeared in the Jan. 20 issue of Billboard. 

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