In 1998, art-pop queen Madonna released her seventh studio album Ray of Light, four years after her prior LP, Bedtime Stories, marking the longest gap between projects since her epic self-titled debut in 1983. With her artistic chameleon style on full display, it offered a new side to the "Like a Prayer" singer, serving up an expansive, pulsing U.K. electro sound, as encapsulated by the driving title cut.
For the latest GRAMMY Rewind, watch a brunette Madonna take home Best Pop Album for the 1998 album.
She accepts the award—presented by Jennifer Lopez and Jerry Seinfeld—rocking a dramatic red kimono-sleeved dress and fierce red lips (it was her Kabbalah era, after all). Ray of Light co-producer William Orbit and mixer/engineer David Reitzas join her on stage, sharing the Best Pop Album win for their work on the project, along with co-producer Jon Ingoldsby and engineer Pat McCarthy.
As the album marked the "Music" artist's successful entrance into the global dance music space, the title track also earned her GRAMMY wins for Best Dance Recording and Best Music Video. The project, which draws heavily from Euro dance a la drum and bass, trance and house, as well as Middle Eastern music, was nominated for a total of five GRAMMYs that year.
Prior to 1999, her first and only GRAMMY win came at the 34th GRAMMY Awards in 1992, for Best Long Form Music Video for the Blonde Ambition World Tour Live.
The Queen of Pop has since earned many more nominations and three more golden gramophones, including Best Electronic/Dance Album for 2005's ABBA-sampling Confessions on a Dance Floor at the 49th GRAMMY Awards.