2006: Mariah Carey’s 'Mimi' Comeback Falls to Rock Dudes in Major Fields
After a tumultuous few years, no one could deny that Mariah Carey had staged one of the biggest comebacks in musical history with her 2005 album The Emancipation of Mimi. It only went platinum six times and featured "We Belong Together," Mariah's 14-week No. 1 hit that is the second longest-running chart-topper in Billboard history. It was Mariah's year.
But the GRAMMYs stuck with straight-up rock when it came to the general categories. "We Belong Together" lost Record of the Year to Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," then lost Song of the Year to U2's "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own." Meanwhile, Mimi lost Album of the Year to U2's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. Mariah won all the R&B categories she was nominated for, but it felt like a classic example of the notoriously safe-leaning Academy snubbing R&B. In the last 20 years, only two releases (by Lauryn Hill and OutKast) have wound up winning Album of the Year, the night's top prize.
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