See who won Grammy Awards the year you were born

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Last year's Grammy Awards were one of the final award shows of the year to be held in a large crowd; not long after the Jan. 26 event at Staples Center in Los Angeles, everyone went into quarantine and shows like the Grammys went virtual.

The 63rd annual event was held March 14. After watching the ceremony, how about taking a look back to Grammy winners through the years? Here's a complete list of every winner for record of the year, song of the year, album of the year and best new artist ... with one very special exception. See who won in the year you were born!

Who are the top Grammy Awards winners of all time?

According to Grammy.com, the top Grammy winners are the late conductor Georg Solti (31), Quincy Jones (28) and Beyonce (28).

Complete List of Record of the Year Winners

Song of the year is awarded for a single, or one track featured on an album. The award goes to the performer of the song, the producers, the sound engineers, the master engineer, and the sound mixers, none of whom may have written it.

Image: 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards  Press Room (Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images)
Image: 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards Press Room (Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images)
  • 2021: "Everything I Wanted," Billie Eilish

  • 2020: "Bad Guy," Billie Eilish

  • 2019: "This Is America," Childish Gambino

  • 2018: "24K Magic," Bruno Mars

  • 2017: "Hello," Adele

  • 2016: "Uptown Funk," Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

  • 2015: "Stay With Me," Sam Smith

  • 2014: "Get Lucky," Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers

  • 2013: "Somebody That I Used to Know," Gotye featuring Kimbra

  • 2012: "Rolling in the Deep," Adele

  • 2011: "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum

  • 2010: "Use Somebody," Kings Of Leon

  • 2009: "Please Read the Letter," Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

  • 2008: "Rehab," Amy Winehouse

The 41st Annual GRAMMY Awards (Steve Granitz / WireImage / Getty Images)
The 41st Annual GRAMMY Awards (Steve Granitz / WireImage / Getty Images)
  • 2007: "Not Ready to Make Nice," Dixie Chicks

  • 2006: "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Green Day

  • 2005: "Here We Go Again," Ray Charles and Norah Jones

  • 2004: "Clocks," Coldplay

  • 2003: "Don't Know Why," Norah Jones

  • 2002: "Walk On," U2

  • 2001: "Beautiful Day," U2

  • 2000: "Smooth," Santana featuring Rob Thomas

  • 1999: "My Heart Will Go On" (Love Theme From "Titanic") - Celine Dion

  • 1998: "Sunny Came Home," Shawn Colvin

  • 1997: "Change the World," Eric Clapton

  • 1996: "Kiss From a Rose," Seal

  • 1995: "All I Wanna Do," Sheryl Crow

Whitney Houston Wins A Grammy (Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)
Whitney Houston Wins A Grammy (Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)
  • 1994: "I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston

  • 1993: "Tears in Heaven," Eric Clapton

  • 1992: "Unforgettable," Natalie Cole (With Nat "King" Cole)

  • 1991: "Another Day in Paradise," Phil Collins

  • 1990: "Wind Beneath My Wings," Bette Midler

  • 1989: "Don't Worry Be Happy," Bobby McFerrin

  • 1988: "Graceland," Paul Simon

  • 1987: "Higher Love," Steve Winwood

  • 1986: "We Are the World," USA For Africa (Various Artists)

  • 1985: "What's Love Got to Do With It," Tina Turner

  • 1984: "Beat It," Michael Jackson

  • 1983: "Rosanna," Toto

  • 1982: "Bette Davis Eyes," Kim Carnes

  • 1981: "Sailing," Christopher Cross

  • 1980: "What A Fool Believes," The Doobie Brothers

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  • 1979: "Just the Way You Are," Billy Joel

  • 1978: "Hotel California," Eagles

  • 1977: "This Masquerade," George Benson

  • 1976: "Love Will Keep Us Together," Captain & Tennille

  • 1975: "I Honestly Love You," Olivia Newton-John

  • 1974: "Killing Me Softly With His Song," Roberta Flack

  • 1973: "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," Roberta Flack

  • 1972: "It's Too Late," Carole King

  • 1971: "Bridge Over Troubled Water," Simon and Garfunkel

  • 1970: "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)," 5th Dimension

  • 1969: "Mrs. Robinson," Simon and Garfunkel

  • 1968: "Up, Up, and Away," 5th Dimension

  • 1967: "Strangers in the Night," Frank Sinatra

  • 1966: "A Taste of Honey," Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass

  • 1965: "The Girl From Ipanema," Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto

  • 1964: "Days of Wine and Roses," Henry Mancini

Best On Record - 8th Annual Grammy Awards (NBC / NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
Best On Record - 8th Annual Grammy Awards (NBC / NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
  • 1963: "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," Tony Bennett

  • 1962: "Moon River," Henry Mancini

  • 1961: "The Theme from 'A Summer Place'," Percy Faith and His Orchestra

  • 1960: "Mack the Knife," Bobby Darin

  • 1959: "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)," Domenico Modugno

Complete List of Song of the Year Winners

Song of the year is awarded for a single, or one track featured on an album. The award goes to the songwriter who wrote the lyrics or melody to the song. Names listed here are the performers of the song (who may also be the composers).

  • 2021: "I Can't Breathe," H.E.R.

  • 2020: "Bad Guy," Billie Eilish

  • 2019: "This Is America," Childish Gambino

  • 2018: "That's What I Like," Bruno Mars

  • 2017: "Hello," Adele

  • 2016: "Thinking Out Loud," Ed Sheeran

  • 2015: "Stay With Me," Sam Smith

  • 2014: "Royals," Lorde

  • 2013: "We Are Young," Fun. Featuring Janelle Monae

  • 2012: "Rolling in the Deep," Adele

  • 2011: "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum

Image: Beyonce (Chris Pizzello / AP)
Image: Beyonce (Chris Pizzello / AP)
  • 2010: "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," Beyoncé

  • 2009: "Viva la Vida," Coldplay

  • 2008: "Rehab," Amy Winehouse

  • 2007: "Not Ready to Make Nice," Dixie Chicks

  • 2006: "Sometimes You Can't Make it on Your Own," U2

  • 2005: "Daughters," John Mayer

  • 2004: "Dance with My Father," Luther Vandross

  • 2003: "Don't Know Why," Norah Jones

  • 2002: "Fallin'" Alicia Keys

  • 2001: "Beautiful Day," U2

  • 2000: "Smooth," Rob Thomas and Santana

  • 1999: "My Heart Will Go On," Celine Dion

  • 1998: "Sunny Came Home," Shawn Colvin

  • 1997: "Change the World," Eric Clapton

  • 1996: "Kiss From a Rose," Seal

  • 1995: "Streets of Philadelphia," Bruce Springsteen

The 37th Annual GRAMMY Awards (Steve Granitz / WireImage)
The 37th Annual GRAMMY Awards (Steve Granitz / WireImage)
  • 1994: "A Whole New World," Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle

  • 1993: "Tears in Heaven," Eric Clapton

  • 1992: "Unforgettable," Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole

  • 1991: "From a Distance," Bette Midler

  • 1990: "Wind Beneath My Wings," Bette Midler

  • 1989: "Don't Worry, Be Happy," Bobby McFerrin

  • 1988: "Somewhere Out There," Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram

  • 1987: "That's What Friends Are For," Dionne Warwick & Friends

  • 1986: "We are the World," USA for Africa

  • 1985: "What's Love Got to Do with It," Tina Turner

  • 1984: "Every Breath You Take," The Police

  • 1983: "Always on My Mind," Willie Nelson

  • 1982: "Bette Davis Eyes," Kim Carnes

  • 1981: "Sailing," Christopher Cross

  • 1980: "What a Fool Believes," The Doobie Brothers

  • 1979: "Just the Way You Are," Billy Joel

  • 1978: "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star is Born)," Barbra Streisand

  • 1977: "I Write the Songs," Barry Manilow

  • 1976: "Send in the Clowns, " Judy Collins

  • 1975: "The Way We Were," Barbra Streisand

  • 1974: "Killing Me Softly with His Song," Roberta Flack

  • 1973: "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," Roberta Flack

  • 1972: "You've Got a Friend," James Taylor & Carole King

Simon And Garfunkel Holding Grammy Award (Bettmann Archive / Getty Images)
Simon And Garfunkel Holding Grammy Award (Bettmann Archive / Getty Images)
  • 1971: "Bridge Over Troubled Water," Simon & Garfunkel

  • 1970: "Games People Play," Joe South

  • 1969: "Little Green Apples," O.C. Smith

  • 1968: "Up, Up and Away," The 5th Dimension

  • 1967: "Michelle," The Beatles

  • 1966: "The Shadow of Your Smile," Tony Bennett

  • 1965: "Hello, Dolly!" Louis Armstrong

  • 1964: "Days of Wine and Roses," Henry Mancini

  • 1963: "What Kind of Fool Am I," Sammy Davis Jr.

  • 1962: "Moon River," Henry Mancini

  • 1961: "Theme of 'Exodus'," Various Artists

  • 1960: "The Battle of New Orleans," Johnny Horton

  • 1959: "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)," Domenico Modugno

Complete List of Album of the Year Winners

Album of the year once only went to the artist who created the album, and the album's producers. But starting in 1999, sound engineers and mixers are also honored, along with featured artists on the album. Songwriters are not included, though.

  • 2021: Taylor Swift, "Folklore"

  • 2020: Billie Eilish, "When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?"

  • 2019: Kacey Musgraves, "Golden Hour"

Image: Bruno Mars (Charles Sykes / AP)
Image: Bruno Mars (Charles Sykes / AP)
  • 2018: Bruno Mars, "24K Magic"

  • 2017: Adele, "25"

  • 2016: Taylor Swift, "1989"

  • 2015: Beck, "Morning Phase"

  • 2014: Daft Punk, "Random Access Memories"

  • 2013: Mumford & Sons, "Babel"

  • 2012: Adele, "21"

  • 2011: Arcade Fire, "The Suburbs"

  • 2010: Taylor Swift, "Fearless"

  • 2009: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, "Raising Sand"

  • 2008: Herbie Hancock, "River: The Joni Letters"

  • 2007: Dixie Chicks, "Taking the Long Way"

43rd Annual Grammy Awards (David McNew / Getty Images)
43rd Annual Grammy Awards (David McNew / Getty Images)
  • 2006: U2, "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb"

  • 2005: Ray Charles & Various Artists, "Genius Loves Company"

  • 2004: OutKast, "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below"

  • 2003: Norah Jones, "Come Away with Me"

  • 2002: Various Artists, "'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' Soundtrack"

  • 2001: Steely Dan, "Two Against Nature"

  • 2000: Santana, "Supernatural"

  • 1999: Lauryn Hill, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill"

  • 1998: Bob Dylan, "Time Out of Mind"

  • 1997: Celine Dion, "Falling Into You"

  • 1996: Alanis Morissette, "Jagged Little Pill"

Canadian singer Alanis Morrisette receives her awa (HECTOR MATA / AFP via Getty Images)
Canadian singer Alanis Morrisette receives her awa (HECTOR MATA / AFP via Getty Images)
  • 1995: Tony Bennett, "MTV Unplugged"

  • 1994: Whitney Houston, "The Bodyguard"

  • 1993: Eric Clapton, "Unplugged"

  • 1992: Natalie Cole, "Unforgettable... with Love"

  • 1991: Quincy Jones & Various Artists, "Back on the Block"

  • 1990: Bonnie Raitt, "Nick of Time"

  • 1989: George Michael, "Faith"

  • 1988: U2, "The Joshua Tree"

  • 1987: Paul Simon, "Graceland"

  • 1986: Phil Collins, "No Jacket Required"

  • 1985: Lionel Richie, "Can't Slow Down"

  • 1984: Michael Jackson, "Thriller"

  • 1983: Toto, "Toto IV"

  • 1982: John Lennon & Yoko Ono, "Double Fantasy"

  • 1981: Christopher Cross, "Christopher Cross"

  • 1980: Billy Joel, "52nd Street"

  • 1979: Various Artists, "'Saturday Night Fever' Soundtrack"

  • 1978: Fleetwood Mac, "Rumours"

  • 1977: Stevie Wonder, "Songs in the Key of Life"

  • 1976: Paul Simon, "Still Crazy After All These Years"

17th Annual Grammy Awards (Ron Galella / Getty Images)
17th Annual Grammy Awards (Ron Galella / Getty Images)
  • 1975: Stevie Wonder, "Fulfillingness' First Finale"

  • 1974: Stevie Wonder, "Innervisions"

  • 1973: George Harrison & Friends (Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton & Klaus Voormann), "The Concert for Bangladesh"

  • 1972: Carole King, "Tapestry"

  • 1971: Simon & Garfunkel, "Bridge Over Troubled Water"

  • 1970: Blood, Sweat & Tears, "Blood, Sweat & Tears"

  • 1969: Glen Campbell, "By the Time I Get to Phoenix"

  • 1968: The Beatles, "Sgt. Pepper"s Lonely Hearts Club Band"

  • 1967: Frank Sinatra, "A Man and His Music"

  • 1966: Frank Sinatra, "September of My Years"

  • 1965: Stan Getz & João Gilberto, "Getz/Gilberto"

Barbra Streisand with Grammy (Bettmann Archive / Getty Images)
Barbra Streisand with Grammy (Bettmann Archive / Getty Images)
  • 1964: Barbra Streisand, "The Barbra Streisand Album"

  • 1963: Vaughn Meader, "The First Family"

  • 1962: Judy Garland, "Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall"

  • 1961: Bob Newhart, "The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart"

  • 1960: Frank Sinatra, "Come Fly With Me!"

  • 1959: Henry Mancini, "The Music from Peter Gunn"

Complete List of Best New Artist Winners

Though eligibility rules have changed over the years, currently an artist must have released at least five singles or tracks, or one album in the eligible year; may not have appeared in the category more than three times before, including as a member of a group; and must have achieved a breakthrough in the public consciousness.

In 1990, Milli Vanilli's Grammy was rescinded after it was revealed that the men awarded (Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus) had not actually sung on the album.

  • 2021: Megan Thee Stallion

  • 2020: Billie Eilish

  • 2019: Dua Lipa

  • 2018: Alessia Cara

Image: Chance the Rapper celebrates as he accepts the Grammy for Best Rap Album for
Image: Chance the Rapper celebrates as he accepts the Grammy for Best Rap Album for
  • 2017: Chance the Rapper

  • 2016: Meghan Trainor

  • 2015: Sam Smith

  • 2014: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

  • 2013: Fun

  • 2012: Bon Iver

  • 2011: Esperanza Spalding

  • 2010: Zac Brown Band

Image: Adele (Chris Pizzello / AP)
Image: Adele (Chris Pizzello / AP)
  • 2009: Adele

  • 2008: Amy Winehouse

  • 2007: Carrie Underwood

  • 2006: John Legend

  • 2005: Maroon 5

  • 2004: Evanescence

  • 2003: Norah Jones

Singer Alicia Keys pose with four trophi (ROBYN BECK / AFP via Getty Images)
Singer Alicia Keys pose with four trophi (ROBYN BECK / AFP via Getty Images)
  • 2002: Alicia Keys

  • 2001: Shelby Lynne

  • 2000: Christina Aguilera

  • 1999: Lauryn Hill

  • 1998: Paula Cole

  • 1997: LeAnn Rimes

  • 1996: Hootie & the Blowfish

  • 1995: Sheryl Crow

  • 1994: Toni Braxton

  • 1993: Arrested Development

  • 1992: Marc Cohn

  • 1991: Mariah Carey

32nd Annual Grammy Awards (Ron Galella / Getty Images)
32nd Annual Grammy Awards (Ron Galella / Getty Images)
  • 1990: Milli Vanilli (rescinded)

  • 1989: Tracy Chapman

  • 1988: Jody Watley

  • 1987: Bruce Hornsby and the Range

  • 1986: Sade

  • 1985: Cyndi Lauper

  • 1984: Culture Club

  • 1983: Men at Work

  • 1982: Sheena Easton

  • 1981: Christopher Cross

  • 1980: Rickie Lee Jones

  • 1979: A Taste of Honey

  • 1978: Debby Boone

  • 1977: Starland Vocal Band

  • 1976: Natalie Cole

  • 1975: Marvin Hamlisch

The 16th Annual Grammy Awards (CBS Photo Archive / CBS via Getty Images)
The 16th Annual Grammy Awards (CBS Photo Archive / CBS via Getty Images)
  • 1974: Bette Midler

  • 1973: America

  • 1972: Carly Simon

  • 1971: The Carpenters

  • 1970: Crosby, Stills & Nash

  • 1969: José Feliciano

  • 1968: Bobbie Gentry

  • 1966: Tom Jones

  • 1965: The Beatles

  • 1964: The Swingle Singers

  • 1963: Robert Goulet

  • 1962: Peter Nero

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  • 1961: Bob Newhart

  • 1960: Bobby Darin