How rare it that—for an album to lose its “home genre” award and then turn around and win Album of the Year? Very rare. It’s only happened once before since the Recording Academy introduced genre album awards in most of the key genres in 1994 and 1995.
In every other year, the winners for Album of the Year had first won in their “home genre” categories.
So why did this happen this year? I think it shows the affection and respect voters have for Raitt, who had won nine previous Grammys, including Album of the Year for 1989’s Nick Of Time. Raitt hadn’t won a Grammy since 1996. Many voters probably figured that Mumford & Sons would win the big one, but wanted to give Raitt something, too.
In the case of The Black Keys beating Arcade Fire, that was even more surprising, but there too voters wanted to see the Black Keys go home with something. The fact that the duo won three awards this year, including Best Rock Album, shows that the duo continues to be Grammy favorites. The duo’s Dan Auerbach even won Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.
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