February 17, 2015 at 2:45 pm #410031
This is an year I find very interesting as all of the nominees in AOTY are either female or driven a by strong female personality (in the case of Garbage). And it’s a very diverse case of female representation, as each of the 5 nominees represent wildly different styles from each other. One could also say all of these albums have left a mark somehow, either in acclaim, popularity or cult-status (Sheryl’s maybe the exception, but she does have a very loyal fanbase, so maybe it’s more treasured than I’m aware of).
So which of these do you think should’ve taken AOTY had Lauryn not been included? I personally believe Lauryn was the most deserving, but if Miseducation didn’t exist or was released in another year, I would go with Ray Of Light, although Version 2.0 would’ve been a very cool winner. Sheryl would’ve probably most likely have been the winner had that been the case though.
What do you think?
Some other notable albums that could have made the nominees line-up that year: “Hello Nasty” by Beastie Boys, “Wide Open Spaces” by Dixie Chicks, “Celebrity Skin” by Hole, “Adore” by Smashing Pumpkins, “Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life” by Jay-Z, “Embrya” by Maxwell, “Never Say Never” by Brandy, “Is This Desire?” by PJ Harvey, “Left Of The Middle” by Natalie Imbruglia.February 17, 2015 at 3:33 pm #410033
Madonna should have won. And the Dixie Chicks should have gotten Sheryl Crow’s spot.February 17, 2015 at 3:59 pm #410034
Lauryn had this in the bag. Madonna wasn’t winning that year. Lauryn’s album was better. Better vocals, songwriting, etc. She covered several genres on that album.February 17, 2015 at 4:01 pm #410035
But. If Lauryn wasn’t nominated, Madonna would have won. I do feel Ray of Light was some of her best work.February 17, 2015 at 4:48 pm #410036
I’m stuck between Shania and Madonna. What a strong year for female artists.February 17, 2015 at 6:11 pm #410037
Lauryn rightfully won, but dammit if Ray of Light isn’t a great album. Easily Madonna’s best.February 17, 2015 at 7:31 pm #410038
Shania Twain, Come On Over.
This fucking album does it for me.February 18, 2015 at 10:41 pm #410039
Madonna would’ve won. She won 4 GRAMMYs that night.February 19, 2015 at 6:23 am #410040
I forgot what an awesome line up that was. Although I was never impressed with Lauryn Hill as most were, including herself.
And in regards to The Globe Sessions, that is Crows masterpiece. Her Purple Rain, if you will. And is wildy held in high regard by critics and fans alike.I so wish she would go back to more midtempo rockers than what her last few efforts have produced.February 19, 2015 at 11:12 am #410041
The Globe Sessions is a solid album, and it might be her best, but I have never seen it included in lists of best of the decade or 90’s retrospectives. It seems to be very little remembered outside of her fanbase, unlike the other four, which was really my point.February 19, 2015 at 11:47 am #410042
Gotchya.February 19, 2015 at 12:27 pm #410043
I feel bad for Madonna for having to face Hill that year.. Ray of Light is a fantastic album that holds up very well today. The production, vocals, writing were spot on and Madonna proved just how visionary of an artist she is. It took me a LONG time to “get” the immense hype and praise for Hill’s album, but it has grown on me. It just is way too bad Madonna had to go up again Hill, because the AOTY win would have definitely been hers.February 21, 2015 at 9:41 pm #410044
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea gets my pick for AOTY of 1998, even though it would never have even gotten nominated.March 2, 2015 at 7:33 pm #410045
Shania. At her peak that woman was nearly unstoppable. I love Sheryl Crow, but IMHO, the Globe Sessions was her weakest album at that point.March 3, 2015 at 5:47 am #410046
I doubt Shania would have won. I think Madonna was easily second. Shania didn’t even win Best Country Album that year. Don’t get me wrong, I love “Come On Over,” but at that time it seemed many in the country branch were not ready to embrace her “popifying” country music, though that would certainly become the trend due to that album’s impact. Madonna had the critical acclaim and “Ray of Light” really was viewed as the pinnacle of her already stellar career.