The release of “Jagged Little Pill” is, without a doubt, one of the defining moments in Alanis Morissette’s career.
Following two dance pop studio albums released only in her native Canada, Alanis finally struck gold with her third and first internationally-released alternative rock album Jagged Little Pill produced in collaboration with Glen Ballard. Released in June 1995, it clinched the top spots of music charts in several countries in Northern and Southern America, Europe, and Australia, sold millions of copies worldwide, and garnered many accolades. The 12-track Jagged Little Pill contained some of Alanis’ most popular hits, “You Oughta Know,” “Hand in My Pocket,” “You Learn,” “Head Over Feet,” and “Ironic.”
The Juno Awards of 1996, presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, was held on March 10 in Hamilton, Ontario’s Copps Coliseum. By the end of the night Alanis turned out to be that year’s biggest winner, personally taking home the awards for Best Female Vocalist, Songwriter of the Year, Best Album, Hard Rock Album of the Year, as well as Single of the Year for “You Oughta Know.” This came just a couple of weeks after Jagged Little Pill was hailed Album of the Year, Best Rock Album; and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song for “You Oughta Know” at the Grammy Awards. At the time, Alanis was the youngest recipient of Grammys’ Album of the Year, a feat she held until 2010 when Taylor Swift won the same accolade for Fearless.
The success of Jagged Little Pill didn’t stop there, though. Music critics and the listening public continue to heap praises over Alanis’ performance and the album’s lyrical content even years after it was released. It still is the best-selling debut release by a female artist in the US, as well as the highest-selling debut album worldwide. Billboard declared it the Best-Selling Album of the 1990s; Rolling Stone magazine included in its Women in Rock – The 50 Essential Albums, The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and Women Who Rock: The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time lists; and Q magazine readers ranked it the 19th greatest album of all time in 1998. As of 2009, Jagged Little Pill reportedly had sold more than 33 million copies worldwide, earning it several Platinum and Gold certifications.
Information in this article were sourced from the Wikipedia pages of Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette, Juno Award, Juno Awards of 1996, and List of awards and nominations received by Alanis Morisette, and Playbill.