Before 'Black Panther': The Soundtracks Up for Grammy Album of the Year


Among the eight nominees for album of the 12 months on the 2019 Grammy Awards is one that may stand out as curious – Black Panther: The Album. Not as a result of the Kendrick Lamar-helmed soundtrack that includes everybody from SZA to The Weeknd to Travis Scott isn't deserving – it's simply one of the acclaimed soundtracks in current reminiscence, and the film's large cultural influence in 2018 can hardly damage – however as a result of it's not all that widespread to see soundtracks up for AOTY lately.

In truth, just one different soundtrack has been nominated for the dignity within the 21st century: The T Bone Burnett-steered O Brother, Where Art Thou? compilation. But contemplating that nabbed album of the 12 months in 2002, Black Panther: The Album is in good firm.

O Brother is certainly one of 4 soundtracks to take the highest Grammy honor. Just eight years prior, the blockbuster Whitney Houston album The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album received AOTY in 1994. Back within the '90s, seeing a soundtrack within the Grammy's prime class wasn't such a rarity; along with The Bodyguard profitable, the soundtracks for Waiting to Exhale and Beauty and the Beast had been nominated.

The '80s, nevertheless, noticed only one soundtrack obtain the distinguished nom – Flashdance. And though that was an enormous promoting, seminal album, the one which "Beat It" was the larger business and significant success: Michael Jackson's Thriller.

The '70s noticed one of many largest soundtracks of all time win AOTY: Saturday Night Fever. The double LP set, anchored by a number of stone-cold Bee Gees classics, served as a straightforward disco sampler for a lot of Americans dipping their toes into the ascendant style. And coincidentally, Saturday Night Fever was up towards one other John Travolta film soundtrack on the 1979 Grammys: Grease. But even when that was a giant 12 months for soundtracks, just one different film accompaniment acquired a nod within the '70s -- Star Wars: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. (We're not counting Jesus Christ Superstar as a soundtrack, by the way in which – strive telling a theater child solid album is a soundtrack and see if you happen to reside to share the story.)

The '60s, nevertheless, had been a golden age for soundtracks, and the Grammy AOTY nominations mirrored that. Five soundtracks for traditional movies -- Dr. Zhivago, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, Breakfast at Tiffany's and The Pink Panther – had been nominated, as had been two TV soundtracks: More Music From Peter Gunn, Henry Mancini's second soundtrack for the personal eye program, and Victory at Sea, Vol. 1, Robert Russell Bennett's accompaniment for the WWII documentary TV sequence. But regardless of the format being so properly represented within the '60s, the Recording Academy didn't bestow the highest honor on any of these titles. (Worth noting: Although Andy Williams' 1963 LP Days of Wine and Roses contains songs he sang on TV and in films, it's a studio LP.)

Lastly, we come to the primary album of the 12 months champion in 1959 – and sure, it's a soundtrack. Mancini's The Music of Peter Gunn, a set of rock n' roll-tinged cool jazz that accompanied the TV present, claimed the first-ever album of the 12 months title on the 1st annual Grammy Awards.

So 60 years later, may one other soundtrack take prime honors on the 2019 Grammys? Well, with eight albums up for the award, it's a stacked class, and Lamar's assortment is hardly the early favourite. But with adjustments to the voting physique and so some ways the votes could possibly be break up, it could possibly be Wakanda Forever come 2019.