Grammy Award for Best Country Album

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Grammy Award for Best Country Album
A gold gramophone trophy with a plaque set on a table
Gilded gramophone trophy presented to Grammy Award winners
Awarded for quality albums in the country music genre
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1965
Last awarded 2014
Official website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Country 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 albums in the country 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]

The award was first presented under the name of Best Country & Western Album in 1966 to Roger Miller for Dang Me/Chug-A-Lug and was discontinued the following year. In 1995 the category was revived and received its current denomination of Best Country Album. According to the category description guide for the 54th Grammy Awards, the award is presented to vocal or instrumental country albums containing at least 51% playing time of new recordings.[3]

The Dixie Chicks are the most awarded performers in this category with four wins. Two-time award winners include Roger Miller and Lady Antebellum. Canadian singer Shania Twain is the only non-American winner in this category, to date. Trisha Yearwood holds the record for most nominations, with eight. Yearwood also holds the record for most nominations without a win.

Recipients[edit]

Two-time award winner Roger Miller.
1996 winner Shania Twain the first and so far only non-American winner.
Dixie Chicks the most awarded performers with four wins.
2001 winner Faith Hill
2009 winner George Strait
Taylor Swift, 2010 winner, also won the award for Album of the Year
Lady Antebellum, 2011 and 2012 winners
Year[I] Performing artist(s) Work Nominees Ref.
1965 Miller, RogerRoger Miller Dang Me/Chug-a-Lug [4]
1966 Miller, RogerRoger Miller The Return of Roger Miller [5]
1995 Mary Chapin Carpenter Stones in the Road [6]
1996 Twain, ShaniaShania Twain The Woman in Me [7]
1997 Lovett, LyleLyle Lovett The Road to Ensenada [8]
1998 Cash, JohnnyJohnny Cash Unchained [9]
1999 Dixie Chicks Wide Open Spaces [10]
2000 Dixie Chicks Fly [11]
2001 Hill, FaithFaith Hill Breathe [12]
2002 Various artists[II] Timeless: Hank Williams Tribute [13]
2003 Dixie Chicks Home [14]
2004 Various artists[III] Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers [15]
2005 Lynn, LorettaLoretta Lynn Van Lear Rose [16]
2006 Krauss, AlisonAlison Krauss and Union Station Lonely Runs Both Ways [17]
2007 Dixie Chicks Taking the Long Way [18]
2008 Gill, VinceVince Gill These Days [19]
2009 Strait, GeorgeGeorge Strait Troubadour [20]
2010 Swift, TaylorTaylor Swift Fearless [21]
2011 Lady Antebellum Need You Now [22]
2012 Lady Antebellum Own the Night [23]
2013 Zac Brown Band Uncaged [24]
2014 Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer Different Park [25]
2015 TBA TBA [26]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.
^[II] Awards were presented to Bonnie Garner, Luke Lewis and Mary Martin as the producers of the album.
^[III] An award was presented to Carl Jackson as the producer of the album.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
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  2. ^ "Overview". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Category Mapper". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ "1964 Grammy Awards". Retrieved December 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ "1965 Grammy Awards". Retrieved December 9, 2011. 
  6. ^ "The 37th Grammy Nominations". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). January 6, 1995. p. 2. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 
  7. ^ "List of Grammy nominees". CNN. January 4, 1996. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 
  8. ^ Campbell, Mary (January 8, 1997). "Babyface is up for 12 Grammy awards". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 
  9. ^ "40th Annual Grammy Award Nominations". Digital Hit. Retrieved December 9, 2011. [dead link]
  10. ^ "1999 Grammy Nominees". NME. IPC Media. November 27, 1998. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 
  11. ^ "42nd Annual Grammy Awards nominations". CNN. January 4, 2000. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 
  12. ^ "43rd Grammy Awards". CNN. February 21, 2001. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Complete List Of Grammy Nominees". CBS News. January 4, 2002. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 
  14. ^ "45 Grammy Nom List". 
  15. ^ "They're All Contenders". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). December 5, 2003. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Grammy Award nominees in top categories". USA Today (Gannett Company). February 7, 2005. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 
  17. ^ "The Complete List of Grammy Nominations". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). December 8, 2005. p. 1. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 
  18. ^ "49th Annual Grammy Awards Winners List". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Grammy 2008 Winners List". MTV. February 10, 2008. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Grammy 2009 Winners List". MTV. February 8, 2009. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 
  21. ^ "The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Nominees List". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 
  22. ^ "53rd Annual Grammy Awards nominees list". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  23. ^ "2011 – 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees And Winners: Country Field". The Recording Academy. November 30, 2011. 
  24. ^ List of 2013 nominees
  25. ^ 2014 Nominees
  26. ^ "57th Grammy Nominees". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Official Site of the Grammy Awards