Grammy Awards winner: Taylor Swift first double Album of the Year champ for year-end number one

In a career already full of record-breaking accomplishments, Taylor Swift just added another with her Album of the Year win at the Grammys for “1989.” That was the best-selling disc of 2015, just as “Fearless,” which also won her this top award, was back in 2009.

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Only eight other year-end chart toppers have won Album of the Year at the Grammys:

1970
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel

1977
“Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac

1978
“‘Saturday Night Fever’: The Original Movie Soundtrack” by The Bee Gees and various artists

1979
“52nd Street” by Billy Joel

1983
“Thriller” by Michael Jackson

1988
“Faith” by George Michael

1993
“‘The Bodyguard’: Original Soundtrack Album” by Whitney Houston

2011
“21” by Adele

This brings the winning average for year-end chart-toppers up three points, to 63% of the time.

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Six of these year-end #1 discs have lost Album of the Year:

1971
“‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ (London Production)” by the London cast (lost to “Tapestry” by Carole King)

1976
“Frampton Comes Alive! ” by Peter Frampton (lost to “Songs in the Key of Life” by Stevie Wonder)

1980
“The Wall” by Pink Floyd (lost “Christopher Cross” by Christopher Cross)

1999
“Millennium” by the Backstreet Boys (lost to “Supernatural” by Santana)

2002
“The Eminem Show” by Eminem (lost to “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones)

2004
“Confessions” by Usher (lost to “Genius Loves Company” by Ray Charles et al.)

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