The Last Time A Black Woman Won Album of the Year was 25 Years Ago. What Does That Say?

Whitney Alese
ZORA
Published in
5 min readFeb 6, 2024

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The recent Grammy awards, one of the music industry’s biggest nights, came and went. With it, another year of glitz, glamour, and gowns has gone by without a Black Woman receiving the Grammy’s top award, Album of the Year.

This year, there were two Black women nominated, Janelle Monae for “Age of Pleasure”, a…

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Whitney Alese
ZORA

Whitney Alese is an award winning writer & creator featured in WIRED Magazine, I-D Magazine, NBC, & Chalkboard Magazine.