Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album

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Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album
A gold gramophone trophy with a plaque set on a table
Gilded gramophone trophy presented to Grammy Award winners
Awarded for quality works in the bluegrass music genre
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1989
Last awarded 2014
Official website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards,[1] to recording artists for quality works (songs or albums) in the bluegrass music genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".[2]

Originally called the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Recording (Vocal or Instrumental),[3] the award was first presented to Bill Monroe in 1989. In 1990 and 1991 the category was renamed Best Bluegrass Recording, and in 1990 the award was reserved for singles rather than albums. Since 1992, the award has been presented under the category Best Bluegrass Album. Beginning in 1993, award recipients often included the producers, engineers, and/or mixers associated with the nominated work in addition to the recording artists.[4] In 1995 and 1997, producers of compilation albums were the only award recipients.

As of 2012, Alison Krauss holds the record for the most wins in this category, having won six times (five times with the band Union Station). The group consisting of Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder has been presented five awards. Two-time recipients include Jim Lauderdale as well as the Nashville Bluegrass Band. The award has been presented to artists or groups originating from the United States each year to date. The Seldom Scene and Rhonda Vincent share the record for the most nominations without a win, with five each.

Recipients[edit]

A woman wearing a brown jacket and playing a fiddle.
Six-time award winner Alison Krauss, performing in 2007
A man wearing a black shirt and playing a stringed instrument with his fingers. His eyes are closed, and he is standing behind microphone stands.
Five-time award winner Ricky Skaggs (along with Kentucky Thunder), performing in 2007
A woman with blond hair wearing large hoop earrings and red lipstick.
2001 award winner Dolly Parton
A man wearing a blue dress shirt, standing behind a microphone stand and holding a guitar.
Two-time award winner Jim Lauderdale
An older man wearing a white cowboy hat and a black dress shirt, standing behind a microphone stand and holding a banjo.
2003 award winner Ralph Stanley
A man wearing a blue dress shirt, standing behind a microphone stand and holding a guitar.
The 2006 award-winning group, Del McCoury Band, performing in 2005
A man wearing a suit, a multi-colored tie, and a tan hat.
2010 award winner Steve Martin
Year[I] Winning artist(s) Work Other nominees Ref.
1989 Monroe, BillBill Monroe Southern Flavor [3]
1990 Hornsby, BruceBruce Hornsby and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band The Valley Road [5]
1991 Krauss, AlisonAlison Krauss I've Got That Old Feeling [6]
1992 Jackson, CarlCarl Jackson and John Starling Spring Training [7]
1993 Krauss, AlisonAlison Krauss and Union Station Every Time You Say Goodbye [8]
1994 Nashville Bluegrass Band Waitin' for the Hard Times to Go [9]
1995 Various artists[II] The Great Dobro Sessions [10]
1996 Nashville Bluegrass Band Unleashed [11]
1997 Various artists[III] True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe [12]
1998 Krauss, AlisonAlison Krauss and Union Station So Long So Wrong
  • Richard Greene and The Grass Is Greener – Sales Tax Toddle
  • Claire Lynch – Silver and Gold
  • Kate MacKenzie – Age of Innocence
  • Ralph StanleyShort Life of Trouble
[13]
1999 Skaggs, RickyRicky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder Bluegrass Rules! [14]
2000 Skaggs, RickyRicky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder Ancient Tones [15]
2001 Parton, DollyDolly Parton The Grass Is Blue [16]
2002 Krauss, AlisonAlison Krauss and Union Station New Favorite [17]
2003 Clinch Mountain Boys, Jim Lauderdale, and Ralph Stanley Lost in the Lonesome Pines [18]
2004 Krauss, AlisonAlison Krauss and Union Station Live [19]
2005 Skaggs, RickyRicky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder Brand New Strings [20]
2006 Del McCoury Band The Company We Keep [21]
2007 Skaggs, RickyRicky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder Instrumentals [22]
2008 Lauderdale, JimJim Lauderdale The Bluegrass Diaries [23]
2009 Skaggs, RickyRicky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 and 1947 [24]
2010 Martin, SteveSteve Martin The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo [25]
2011 Loveless, PattyPatty Loveless Mountain Soul II [26]
2012 Alison Krauss and Union Station Paper Airplane
2013 Steep Canyon Rangers Nobody Knows You [27]
2014 Del McCoury Band The Streets of Baltimore

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.
^[II] Awards were presented to Jerry Douglas and Tut Taylor as the producers of the album.
^[III] An award was presented to Todd Phillips as the producer of the album.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Specific
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  2. ^ "Overview". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Complete list of Grammy nominees". Times-News (Hendersonville, North Carolina: The New York Times Company) 114 (13): 14. January 13, 1989. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Grammy Award Winners". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved September 30, 2010.  Note: User must select the "American Roots" category as the genre under the search feature.
  5. ^ "Here's list of nominees from all 77 categories". Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News Publishing Company). January 12, 1990. p. W7. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  6. ^ "List of Grammy Awards nominations". Times-News (Hendersonville, North Carolina: The New York Times Company). January 11, 1991. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  7. ^ Campbell, Mary (January 9, 1992). "R.E.M., Raitt tops in Grammy nominations". The Tuscaloosa News (The New York Times Company). p. 6B. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  8. ^ Hurst, Jack (February 11, 1993). "Back On Track: Financially, Musically, Willie Nelson Figures To Have A Good Year". Chicago Tribune (Tribune Company). Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Hundreds Nominated For Grammys". Deseret News (Deseret News Publishing Company). January 10, 1994. p. 4. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  10. ^ "The 37th Grammy Nominations". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). January 6, 1995. p. 5. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  11. ^ "List of Grammy nominees". CNN. January 4, 1996. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  12. ^ Errico, Marcus (January 7, 1997). "Babyface, Celine Dion Dominate Grammy Nominations". E!. E! Entertainment Television, Inc. Retrieved September 29, 2010. 
  13. ^ "1997 Grammy Nominees". Orlando Sentinel (Tribune Company). January 9, 1998. p. 4. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Academy's Complete List of Nominees". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). January 6, 1999. p. 5. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  15. ^ Richardson, Derk (February 10, 2000). "Hoedown 2000 / Bluegrass catches fire in the 21st Century". San Francisco Chronicle (Hearst Corporation). Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  16. ^ "43rd Grammy Awards". CNN. February 21, 2001. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Complete List Of Grammy Nominees". CBS News. January 4, 2002. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  18. ^ Gilbert, Calvin (January 8, 2003). "Chicks, Jackson Get Four Grammy Nominations". Country Music Television. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  19. ^ "2004 Grammy Nominations: The Complete List of Country Artists, Albums and Songs". Country Music Television. December 4, 2003. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  20. ^ Gilbert, Calvin (December 7, 2004). "Wilson, Lynn Are Top Country Nominees at Grammys". Country Music Television. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  21. ^ "The Complete List of Grammy Nominations". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). December 8, 2005. p. 3. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  22. ^ "49th Annual Grammy Awards Winners List". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  23. ^ "50th annual Grammy Awards nominations". Variety. Reed Business Information. December 6, 2007. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  24. ^ Conner, Thomas (December 3, 2008). "Complete list of Grammy nominees". Chicago Sun-Times (Sun-Times Media Group). Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  25. ^ "The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Nominees List". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  26. ^ "53rd Annual Grammy Awards nominees list". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved December 5, 2010. 
  27. ^ List of 2013 nominees

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