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People love music, especially recorded music. In the world music market, digital download is a primary revenue stream for recorded music, increasing to $6.7 billion in 2015 according to IFPI, International Federation of the Phonographic Industry in Zurich. And people carry their music with them everywhere via radio, mobile phone, Apple iPod or other Mp3 players. The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS, commonly called the Recording Academy) is the organization behind the annual Grammy ceremony as well as ongoing year round events.
 
The GRAMMY Awards (originally called Gramophone Award), as a preeminent awards show, is music's biggest night. The first Grammy Awards ceremony was held on May 4, 1959, to honor the musical accomplishments by performers for the year 1958. Twenty-eight prizes were given out back then and winners included Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and the Kingston Trio. Following the 2011 ceremony, The Academy overhauled many Grammy Award categories for 2012. Four general awards which are the most popular categories that can draw people to the award show are Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist. You will find below this paragraph a simple table recounting a few of the most popular award categories going back since the award's inception and who won them for that year.
 
The only two artists to win all four of these awards are Christopher Cross, who won all four in 1980, and Adele, who won the Best New Artist award in 2009 and the other three in 2012. The 59th Grammy Award ceremony to decide the winners for the 2016 award categories will be broadcast live by the CBS Television Network on Sunday, December 12.

 

The Grammys 'Big Four' standard awards over the years

 

Year

Record of the Year

Song of the Year

Album of the Year

Best New Artist

 1958 "Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volaré)" - Domenico Modugno  "Nel blu dipinto di blu ("Volaré)" - Domenico Modugno  The Music from Peter Gunn - Henry Mancini  No Award Given
 1959  "Mack the Knife" - Bobby Darin  "The Battle of New Orleans" - Jimmy Driftwood Come Dance with Me - Frank Sinatra Bobby Darin
 1960 "The Theme from ’A Summer Place’ " - Percy Faith "Theme from Exodus" - Ernest Gold The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart - Bob Newhart  Bob Newhart
 1961 "Moon River" - Henry Mancini "Moon River" - Henry Mancini Judy at Carnegie Hall - Judy Garland Peter Nero
1962 "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" - Tony Bennett "What Kind of Fool Am I?" - recorded by various The First Family - Vaughn Meader Robert Goulet
1963 "Days of Wine and Roses" - Henry Mancini "Days of Wine and Roses" - Henry Mancini The Barbra Streisand Album - Barbra Streisand Ward Swingle (the Swingle Singers)
 1964 "The Girl from Ipanema" - Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto "Hello - Dolly!" - Louis Armstrong Getz/Gilberto - Stan Getz and João Gilberto The Beatles
1965 "A Taste of Honey" - Herb Alpert "The Shadow of Your Smile (Love Theme from ’The Sandpiper’)" - Tony Bennett September of My Years - Frank Sinatra Tom Jones
1966 "Strangers in the Night" - Frank Sinatra "Michelle" - the Beatles A Man and His Music - Frank Sinatra No Award Given
 1967 "Up, Up, and Away" - The 5th Dimension "Up, Up, and Away" - the 5th Dimension Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles Bobbie Gentry
1968 "Mrs. Robinson" - Simon and Garfunkel "Little Green Apples" - recorded by various By the Time I Get to Phoenix - Glen Campbell José Feliciano
1969 "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" - The 5th Dimension "Games People Play" - Joe South Blood, Sweat and Tears - Blood, Sweat and Tears Crosby, Stills and Nash
1970 "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - Simon and Garfunkel "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel The Carpenters
1971 "It’s Too Late" - Carole King "You’ve Got a Friend" - Carole King Tapestry - Carole King Carly Simon
1972 "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" - Roberta Flack "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" - Roberta Flack The Concert for Bangla Desh - George Harrison and Friends America
1973 "Killing Me Softly with His Song" - Roberta Flack "Killing Me Softly with His Song" - Roberta Flack Innervisions - Stevie Wonder Bette Midler
 1974 "I Honestly Love You" - Olivia Newton-John "The Way We Were" - Barbra Streisand Fulfillingness’ First Finale - Stevie Wonder Marvin Hamlisch
1975 "Love Will Keep Us Together" - Captain and Tennille "Send in the Clowns" - Judy Collins Still Crazy After All These Years - Paul Simon Natalie Cole
1976 "This Masquerade" - George Benson "I Write the Songs" - Barry Manilow Songs in the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder Starland Vocal Band
1977 "Hotel California" - the Eagles

"Love Theme from ’A Star Is Born’ (Evergreen)" - Barbra Streisand;
"You Light Up My Life" - Debby Boone (tied)

Rumours - Fleetwood Mac Debby Boone
1978 "Just the Way You Are" - Billy Joel "Just the Way You Are" - Billy Joel Saturday Night Fever - the Bee Gees A Taste of Honey
1979 "What a Fool Believes" - the Doobie Brothers "What a Fool Believes" - the Doobie Brothers 52nd Street - Billy Joel Rickie Lee Jones
1980 "Sailing" - Christopher Cross "Sailing" - Christopher Cross Christopher Cross - Christopher Cross Christopher Cross
1981 "Bette Davis Eyes" - Kim Carnes "Bette Davis Eyes" - Kim Carnes Double Fantasy - John Lennon and Yoko Ono Sheena Easton
1982 "Rosanna" - Toto "Always on My Mind" - Willie Nelson Toto IV - Toto Men at Work
1983 "Beat It" - Michael Jackson "Every Breath You Take" - the Police Thriller - Michael Jackson Culture Club
1984 "What’s Love Got to Do with It" - Tina Turner "What’s Love Got to Do with It" - Tina Turner Can’t Slow Down - Lionel Richie Cyndi Lauper
 1985 "We Are the World" - USA for Africa "We Are the World" - USA for Africa No Jacket Required - Phil Collins Sade
1986 "Higher Love" - Steve Winwood "That’s What Friends Are for" - Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder Graceland - Paul Simon Bruce Hornsby and the Range
1987 "Graceland" - Paul Simon "Somewhere Out There" - Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram The Joshua Tree - U2 Jody Watley
1988 "Don’t Worry, Be Happy" - Bobby McFerrin "Don’t Worry, Be Happy" - Bobby McFerrin Faith - George Michael Tracy Chapman
1989 "Wind Beneath My Wings" - Bette Midler "Wind Beneath My Wings" - Bette Midler Nick of Time - Bonnie Raitt Milli Vanilli (revoked)
1990 "Another Day in Paradise" - Phil Collins "From a Distance" - Bette Midler Back on the Block - Quincy Jones Mariah Carey
1991 "Unforgettable" - Natalie Cole with Nat King Cole "Unforgettable" - Natalie Cole with Nat King Cole Unforgettable: With Love - Natalie Cole Marc Cohn
1992 "Tears in Heaven" - Eric Clapton "Tears in Heaven" - Eric Clapton Unplugged - Eric Clapton Arrested Development
1993 "I Will Always Love You" - Whitney Houston "A Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme)" - Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle The Bodyguard - Whitney Houston Toni Braxton
 1994 "All I Wanna Do" - Sheryl Crow "Streets of Philadelphia" - Bruce Springsteen MTV Unplugged - Tony Bennett Sheryl Crow
1995 "Kiss from a Rose" - Seal "Kiss from a Rose" - Seal Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette Hootie and the Blowfish
1996 "Change the World" - Eric Clapton "Change the World - recorded by various  Falling into You - Celine Dion LeAnn Rimes
1997 "Sunny Came Home" - Shawn Colvin "Sunny Came Home" - Shawn Colvin Time Out of Mind - Bob Dylan Paula Cole
1998 "My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from ’Titanic’)" - Celine Dion "My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from ’Titanic’)" - Celine Dion The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill - Lauryn Hill Lauryn Hill
 1999 "Smooth" - Santana featuring Rob Thomas "Smooth" - Santana featuring Rob Thomas Supernatural - Santana Christina Aguilera
 2000 "Beautiful Day" - U2 "Beautiful Day" - U2 Two Against Nature - Steely Dan Shelby Lynne
2001 "Walk On" - U2 "Fallin’" - Alicia Keys O Brother - Where Art Thou? - various artists Alicia Keys
2002 "Don’t Know Why" - Norah Jones "Don’t Know Why" - Norah Jones Come Away with Me - Norah Jones Norah Jones
2003 "Clocks" - Coldplay "Dance with My Father" - Luther Vandross Speakerboxxx/The Love Below - OutKast Evanescence
2004 "Here We Go Again" - Ray Charles and Norah Jones "Daughters" - John Mayer Genius Loves Company - Ray Charles and various artists Maroon 5
2005 "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" - Green Day "Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own" - U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - U2 John Legend
2006 "Not Ready to Make Nice" - Dixie Chicks "Not Ready to Make Nice" - Dixie Chicks Taking the Long Way - Dixie Chicks Carrie Underwood
2007 "Rehab" - Amy Winehouse "Rehab" - Amy Winehouse River: The Joni Letters - Herbie Hancock Amy Winehouse
2008 "Please Read the Letter" - Robert Plant and Alison Krauss "Viva la Vida" - Coldplay  Raising Sand - Robert Plant and Alison Krauss Adele
2009 "Use Somebody" - Kings of Leon "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" - Beyoncé Fearless - Taylor Swift Zac Brown Band
2010 "Need You Now" - Lady Antebellum "Need You Now" - Lady Antebellum The Suburbs - Arcade Fire Esperanza Spalding
2011 "Rolling in the Deep" - Adele "Rolling in the Deep" - Adele 21 - Adele Bon Iver
2012 "Somebody That I Used to Know" - Gotye featuring Kimbra "We Are Young" - Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe Babel - Mumford & Sons Fun.
2013 "Get Lucky" - Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers "Royals" - Lorde Random Access Memories - Daft Punk Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
2014 "Stay with Me" - Sam Smith "Stay with Me" - Sam Smith Morning Phase - Beck Sam Smith
2015 "Uptown Funk" - Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars "Thinking Out Loud" - Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge 1989 - Taylor Swift Meghan Trainor
 2016 "Hello" - Adele  "Hello" - Adele  US - Adele Chance the Rapper