Bruno Mars swept the 2018 Grammy Awards, winning all six of his bids, including Album of the Year for “24K Magic.” He took home that top honor in an upset over frontrunner Kendrick Lamar, who was favored to win for “Damn.” However, as you’ll see when you click through our gallery of all 60 winners, only one rap album — “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” by OutKast — has taken this top prize in music.
Recording academy voters tend to reward more mainstream fare. In 2017 Adele won for the second time in five years with her third disc, “25.” Even she was embarrassed to have beaten Beyonce, who was favored to win for “Lemonade.” Queen Bey has never taken home the Album of the Year Grammy, losing her only other bid in 2010 to Taylor Swift, who made history as the youngest-ever winner when she prevailed for “Fearless.”
Lamar had lost his second of three bids for Album of the Year to Swift in 2016. He contended for “To Pimp a Butterfly” and she won a bookend Grammy for “1989.” He had previously been bested when he was nominated in 2014 for “Good Kid, m.A.A.d City” to Daft Punk for “Random Access Memories”
Of the different musical genres to be represented in the roster of Album of the Year winners, pop is the most popular with 22 wins. Rock rolled onto the stage 18 times. Mars makes it an even half dozen discs for R&B. Country music and soundtracks have taken top honors four times apiece, jazz and comedy twice each, and rap and dance music once.
Mars is the 27th male solo act to win Album of the Year, groups and collaborations claimed it 16 years and female soloists a mere 14 times.