Adele is vying to become only the sixth artist to win "Grammy's Triple Crown" in one night. At just 23, she'd be the youngest artist ever to do this. Also, she'd be only the second female solo artist to do it, following Carole King in 1972, and only the second British artist to do it, following Eric Clapton in 1993.
Here's a complete list of everyone who has won Album, Record and Song of the Year in one night. I follow it with two lists of artists who came close, but don't quite qualify. (I'll explain.) The lists are arranged in chronological order. The date is the date of the Grammy telecast.
Carole King, 1972. King won Album of the Year for Tapestry, Record of the Year for the classy break-up song "It's Too Late" and Song of the Year for the gentle "You've Got A Friend." King was also 29 at the time. James Taylor and Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway both had big hits in 1971 with the latter song.
Eric Clapton, 1993. The rock legend won Album of the Year for Unplugged and Record and Song of the Year for the heartfelt "Tears In Heaven" (which he co-wrote with Will Jennings). Clapton was 47 at the time, making him the oldest artist to win the Triple Crown in one night.
Adele, 2012. I'm projecting here, but I think 21 is a lock for Album of the Year, while "Rolling In The Deep" (which she co-wrote with Paul Epworth) is unbeatable for Record and Song of the Year. Adele is 23.
Now for the near-misses. First up: Here are four artists who won Album, Record and Song of the Year, but not all in the same year.
Billy Joel. Joel won Record and Song of the Year in 1979 for the creamy "Just The Way You Are," a warm expression of unconditional love. He won Album of the Year in 1980 for 52nd Street.
U2. U2 won Album of the Year in 1988 for The Joshua Tree. The band won Record and Song of the Year in 2001 for the exhilarating "Beautiful Day." That completed their non-simultaneous sweep of the "Big Three" categories, but, remarkably, they managed to do the whole thing a second time. They won Record of the Year in 2002 for "Walk On," Album of the Year in 2006 for How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb and Song of the Year in 2006 for "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own." Can they win all three prizes for a third time? Never bet against U2.
Next, here are three cases where an artist won both Album and Record of the Year, but they didn't write or co-write the winning song.
Santana, 2000. The veteran band won Album of the Year for Supernatural and Record of the Year for "Smooth," a propulsive collabo with Rob Thomas. Thomas and Itaal Shur co-wrote the song, which won as Song of the Year.
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