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Who was the favourite to win the AOTY back in 1985? (Lionel’s win)

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    I don’t think anyone even mentioned Thriller before you did

    Purple Rain is 13x Platinum in the US, spawned four classic top 10 hits, is one of the most acclaimed albums of all time (and absolutely on par with Thriller according to critics) and even won an Oscar. Thriller has it beat in terms of videography but musically-wise, they’re absolutely equal

    Purple Rain did more than enough to win AOTY even with the crazy standards back then. It’s ridiculous that it lost to a vastly inferior album

    Thriller got 6 classic top 10 hits. The project along with the ET soundtrack won 9 Grammys from 1984-1985. Plus at the 1985 Grammys, MJ’s award win was televised and Wendy and Lisa presenter it to Jackson though he wasn’t at the event. I don’t see any video of Prince accepting the Grammys he won that year even though he was there. Thriller has 3 iconic music videos. 4 of you count “Say Say Say”. I’m not counting The Jacksons’ “Victory” music videos. Those were cringey. But the Victory Tour was highly successful and Thriller was the number one album worldwide in 1983 and 1984.

    As for Lionel Richie, Can’t Slow Down was a big hit internationally. It was on the year end charts worldwide in 1984. They are great songs. It is what it is. I like Purple Rain better but this isn’t the AMAs. The Academy chose the winner and Lionel won Album of the Year plus an Oscar later on. He was on a roll until the end of 1987 due to family issues.

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    Thriller got 6 classic top 10 hits. The project along with the ET soundtrack won 9 Grammys from 1984-1985. Plus at the 1985 Grammys, MJ’s award win was televised and Wendy and Lisa presenter it to Jackson though he wasn’t at the event. I don’t see any video of Prince accepting the Grammys he won that year even though he was there. Thriller has 3 iconic music videos. 4 of you count “Say Say Say”. I’m not counting The Jacksons’ “Victory” music videos. Those were cringey. But the Victory Tour was highly successful and Thriller was the number one album worldwide in 1983 and 1984. As for Lionel Richie, Can’t Slow Down was a big hit internationally. It was on the year end charts worldwide in 1984. They are great songs. It is what it is. I like Purple Rain better but this isn’t the AMAs. The Academy chose the winner and Lionel won Album of the Year plus an Oscar later on. He was on a roll until the end of 1987 due to family issues.

    All of this has literally nothing to do with me saying that Purple Rain is just as good as Thriller but yeah ok

    FYC :

    Best Actress - Viola Davis
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    Best Supp Actress - Glenn Close
    Best Supp Actor - Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

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    And arguably the best ROTY ever

    The best ROTY ever is, and will always be, “Hotel California”, thank you.

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    Had Lionel Richie not won AOTY, he would have been the only nominated artist to go home emptyhanded.

    Didn’t he win Producer of the Year too?

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    All of this has literally nothing to do with me saying that Purple Rain is just as good as Thriller but yeah ok

    Yes it does. You just don’t have an answer.

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    Didn’t he win Producer of the Year too?

    I stand corrected.

    And he won against Prince & The Revolution. He was probably the most “obvious” choice, going by Grammy standards.

    And I remember reading Paul’s analysis as to how Lionel could win. He said that Bruce and Prince could split the rock vote, Cyndi was still considered “too new” and “novelty,” and Tina would get her due in ROTY and smaller tier categories. This was back when Paul Grein was actually a Grammy guru.

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    I love Lionel Richie and Can’t Slow Down is a good album, but let’s be real: he had no business winning over these albums. Three of these albums are considered to be among the greatest of all time, and Private Dancer is one of the best albums of the ’80s. The Recording Academy went with the safest choice possible.

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    The ranking should’ve been:

    1. Purple Rain

    2. Born in the U.S.A.

    3. She’s So Unusual

    4. Private Dancer

    5. Can’t Slow Down

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