At Monday’s Grammys, “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars won Record of the Year. And “1989” by Taylor Swift was named Album of the Year. This marked the first time in Grammy history that a single and an album by different artists that had topped the Billboard year-end charts took top honors from the recording academy.
This has happened three other times but those winning singles and albums were by the same artist in each instance.
1970: Simon & Garfunkel
They won Album of the Year for “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and Record of the Year for the single of the same name.
1993: Whitney Houston
She shared in Album of the Year for “‘The Bodyguard’: Original Soundtrack Album” and claimed Record of the Year for “I Will Always Love You. “
She swept the Grammys that year and won Album of the Year for “21” as well as Record of the Year for “Rolling in the Deep. “
There have been five other times when the top song and album of the year were nominated at the Grammys but only one or neither of them walked away as winners:
Top album: “‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ (London Production)” by the London cast (lost to “Tapestry” by Carole King)
Top record: “Joy to the World” by Three Dog Night (lost to “It’s Too Late” by Carole King)
Top album: “Thriller” by Michael Jackson [winner]
Top record: “Every Breath You Take” by The Police (lost to “Beat It” by Michael Jackson)
Top album: “Millennium” by The Backstreet Boys (lost to “Supernatural” by Santana)
Top record: “Believe” by Cher (lost to “Smooth” by Santana featuring Rob Thomas)
Top album: “The Eminem Show” by Eminem (lost to “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones)
Top record: “How You Remind Me” by Nickelback (lost to “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones)
Top album: “Confessions” by Usher (lost to “Genius Loves Company” by Ray Charles)
Top record: “Yeah!” by Usher featuring Lil’ Jon and Ludacris (lost to “Here We Go Again” by Ray Charles and Norah Jones