As she mentioned in her Grammy album of the year acceptance speech, Taylor Swift‘s win for 1989 (following her win for Fearless in 2010) makes her “the first woman to win album of the year at the Grammys twice.”
Swift’s statement isn’t 100 percent true: Lauryn Hill, Norah Jones and Alison Krauss have technically won album of the year at the Grammys twice, but each of them only won once for their own albums (Jones and Krauss received the award as featured artists, while Hill won as a producer on Santana’s Supernatural).
More accurately, Swift is the first woman to win album of the year twice at the Grammys for her own albums.
That two-time AOTY Grammy victory puts her in an elite category. Aside from Swift, only four artists have won AOTY at the Grammys more than once as the main credited artist (the number is slightly larger if you include those who won as part of a band and as a solo artist, such as John Lennon and George Harrison, and those who won as a producer or engineer, but we’re focusing only on those to win AOTY as the main credited artist).
Prior to Swift, U2 won twice, too: In 2006 for How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb and in 1988 for The Joshua Tree. The year before U2’s first victory, Paul Simon scored his second solo (and third overall) AOTY win with Graceland in 1987. His first solo album to win the honor was Still Crazy After All These Years in 1976. Not included in this estimation but worth mentioning, Simon also won as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel for Bridge Over Troubled Water in 1971.
The other two names on this list actually won AOTY a whopping three times as the main credited artist: Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder. Ol’ Blue Eyes won for Come Dance With Me! in 1960, September of My Years in 1966 and the next year, 1967, for A Man and His Music.
Wonder won first for his classic Innervisions in 1974, and again for Fulfillingness’ First Finale in 1975. His final AOTY win was for Songs In the Key of Life in 1977.
Check out the list below of artists to win Grammy album of the year more than once as the main credited artist.