From 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' to 'The Bodyguard,' Here Are the Four Soundtracks That Won Grammy Album of the Year

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Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard.

Black Panther: The Album snagged a spot as one of the eight nominees for album of the year at the 2019 Grammy Awards. The Kendrick Lamar-produced album, which features some of today's biggest artists, including SZA and Travis Scott, is among a small list of soundtracks that have received an AOTY nomination. If Black Panther claims the victory, the album will join only four other soundtracks that hold the honor.

See below for the full list of soundtracks in history that won album of the year.

1. The Music of Peter Gun (1959)
The first-ever Grammy award for album of the year went to a soundtrack. Henry Mancini helmed the compilation from the hit TV series Peter Gunn, which aired from 1958 to 1961. Other nominees for the award that year included Frank Sinatra's Come Fly With Me and Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely, Ella Fitzgerald's Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook and Van Cliburn's Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor, Op. 23.

2. Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Soundtrack (1979)
The Bee Gees classics, among other catchy tunes from the hit film, were up against another soundtrack that year: Grease. However, timeless tracks like "Stayin' Alive" and "How Deep Is Your Love" catapulted the album to AOTY victory. 

3. The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album (1994)
Whitney Houston covered Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" for the 1992 film The Bodyguard, and the soundtrack grabbed AOTY two years later. "I Will Always Love You" hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on Nov. 28, 1992 and remained there for 14 weeks. In 1994, the same year the soundtrack claimed a victory, Houston's cover scored awards for record of the year and best female pop vocal performance.

4. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2002)
The bluesy, folk accompaniment to the 2000 film starring George Clooney is the only soundtrack in the 21st century to win AOTY thus far. The track list consists of infectious tunes: "You Are My Sunshine" and "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow," among others. The album was up against Bob Dylan's Love and Theft, OutKast's Stankonia, U2's All That You Can't Leave Behind and Acoustic Soul by India.Arie.


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