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Wed, 19 Jan 2011 21:42:09 GMT | By Francis Whittaker
Worst ever Grammy decisions

Album of the Year, 1985

Lionel Richie, Prince, Bruce Springsteen (© Wireimage/Rex)
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Winner: Lionel Richie - Can't Slow Down

To millions around the world, Lionel Richie is an immensely talented singer-songwriter whose heartfelt love songs have earned a special place in their hearts. To millions more, however, he is the epitome of bland, boring 1980s balladry and his songs are about as interesting as a damp rag.

To this latter group, it will come as a huge shock to learn that Richie's Can't Slow Down beat two of the '80s best, biggest-selling and most iconic records - Prince's Purple Rain and Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA - to the Album of the Year prize in 1985.