Hip-hop heads, did you know that Lauryn Hill’s 1998 debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, was the first rap album to win a Grammy Award for Album of the Year?
After the enormous success of The Score as part of the Fugees, Lauryn Hill decided to pursue a solo career, handling most of the writing and producing for the album.
With three hit singles, including the chart topping “Doo Wop (That Thing),” The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was released to massive critical and commercial success, selling 422,624 copies in its first week and over a million within a month.
The album also dominated the 41st Grammy Awards with Lauryn Hill being nominated in 10 categories and winning 5 of them, including Best New Artist, Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Album and Album of the Year.
Since then, the only other hip-hop album to win a Grammy Award for Album of the Year has been OutKast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below released in 2003.