In 1974, Stevie Wonder was the first person of color to win the Album of the Year award at the Grammys. Since then, other black artists have gone on to follow suit such as OutKast, Lauryn Hill, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles etc.
While this is good, we can't ignore the glaring fact that no black artist has won this category since 2003, despite several nominations, and also that Beyoncé lost three times to Taylor Swift, Beck and Adele but that's a fight for another day.
So you can imagine how uncanny it is to hear that only one white artist – Lorde – was nominated this year, and no white man was nominated in the Album of the Year category at all.
This year, Jay Z, Childish Gambino, Lorde, Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars were all nominated for this category which makes for an actually inclusive list of artists (well, there's no black woman in sight yet).
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, whose members vote on the Grammy awards, does not release a breakdown of their voting body based on race, gender or age, so we don't know how these wins are generated. However, the academy has long insisted that the Grammys voting body is diverse and reflective of the music industry's artists. We'll believe it when we see it, and we haven't seen it since 2003!
We hope to see a black win in this category this year, and congratulations to all our faves who got nominations (especially SZA and Cardi B), we hope you all win!