Moment in time: Feb. 28, 1996 — Alanis Morissette Cleans Up at the Grammys
Alanis Morissette was only 21 when she released Jagged Little Pill, her third studio album and first to be released internationally. The mix of pop and angst on songs like ‘Ironic’ and ‘You Oughta Know’ made it a phenomenon. It sold millions of copies (more than 33 million to date), reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and prompted widespread debate over the definition of the word “ironic.” The album was nominated for nine Grammy awards and won four, including best rock song, best female vocal performance and best rock album. The Ottawa-born artist also beat out Pearl Jam, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson and Joan Osborne to win album of the year, making her the youngest ever to win that award until Taylor Swift unseated her in 2010. - Dave McGinn