Grammy Award for Best Historical Album

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The Grammy Award for Best Historical Album has been presented since 1979. During this time the award had several minor name changes:

  • In 1979 the award was known as Best Historical Repackage Album
  • In 1980 it was awarded as Best Historical Reissue
  • In 1981 it was awarded as Best Historical Reissue Album
  • From 1982 to the present it has been awarded as Best Historical Album

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year. The award is presented to (compilation) producers and (mastering) engineers, not to the artists or performers, except if an artist is also a (compilation) producer or engineer.


Names of performers not eligible for an award are in parentheses

tied with

  • Leo Sacks (compilation producer), Joseph M. Palmaccio, Tom Ruff & Mark Wilder (mastering engineers) for The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums (Bill Withers)


  • Joe Lizzi & Ben Young (compilation producers); Steve Fellone, Joe Lizzi & Ben Young (mastering engineers) for Call It Art 1964-1965 (New York Art Quartet)
  • Patrick Feaster & Steven Lance Ledbetter (compilation producers), Michael Graves (mastering engineer) for Pictures of Sound: One Thousand Years of Educed Audio 980-1980 (Various Arists)
  • Philip Siney (compilation producer), Ben Turner (mastering engineer) for Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (Deluxe Edition) (Sir Georg Solti)


  • Josh Rosenthal (producer), Bryan Hoffa & Christopher King (mastering engineers) for He Is My Story: The Sanctified Soul of Arizona Dranes (Arizona Dranes)
  • Kent Cave, Michael Montgomery & Ted Olson (producers), John Fleenor & Steve Kemp (mastering engineers) for Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music: 34 Historic Songs, Ballads and Instrumentals Recorded in the Great Smoky Mountains by 'Song Catcher' Joseph S. Hall (Various Artists)
  • Steven Lance Ledbetter & Jonathan Ward (producers), Michael Graves (mastering engineer), for Opika Pende: Africa at 78RPM (Various Artists)
  • Paul McCartney (producer), Simon Gibson, Guy Massey & Steve Rooke (mastering engineers) for Ram - Paul McCartney Archive Collection (Deluxe Edition) (Paul and Linda McCartney)
  • Jeff Place & Robert Santelli (producers), Pete Reiniger (mastering engineer) for Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection (Woody Guthrie)

Nominees (performers names in parentheses)