Today in Music: 02/28/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: On February 28, 1996, 22-year-old Alanis Morissette became the youngest artist to win Album of the Year when Jagged Little Pill took top honors at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards. Jagged Little Pill is Morissette’s third studio album (her first two albums were released only in her native Canada). Co-written and produced with Glen Ballard (Michael Jackson, Toto, Wilson Phillips, No Doubt) and released on Madonna’s Maverick Records, the album topped the charts in thirteen countries, with sales over 33 million copies worldwide. It is one of the best-selling albums of all time. Morissette was nominated for six Grammy Awards that year, winning four: Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, Song of the Year & Best Female Rock Vocal Performance (the two latter for “You Outta Know”). Maverick Records released Jagged Little Pill internationally on June 13, 1995, to meager expectations. The situation quickly changed when the influential LA modern rock station KROQ-FM began playing the album’s lead single, “You Oughta Know”. The song made instant impact and the subsequent music video went into heavy rotation on MTV. Including “You Oughta Know”, a total of six singles were released from the album, “All I Really Want”, “Hand in My Pocket”, “Ironic” (Morissette’s biggest hit), “You Learn” and “Head Over Feet”. The album stayed in the top twenty on the Billboard 200 albums chart for more than a year. In 2005, Morissette released an acoustic version of the album, Jagged Little Pill Acoustic, on the tenth anniversary of the original album’s release date. Morissette held the record of youngest Album if the Year winner until 2010, when Taylor Swift won for her album, Fearless. Swift was 20 years old. A stage adaptation of the album is currently in development. #alanismorissette #alanis #jaggedlittlepill #albumoftheyear #grammy #glenballard #maverickrecords #kroq #yououghtaknow #allireallywant #handinmypocket #ironic #youlearn #headoverfeet #jaggedlittlepillmusical #hits #modernclassic #taylorswift #fearless #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniac #todayinmusic #musichistory
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