Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album

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Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
A gold gramophone trophy with a plaque set on a table
Gilded gramophone trophy presented to Grammy Award winners
Awarded for quality instrumental albums in the pop music genre
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 2001
Last awarded 2014
Official website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album (previously: Best Pop Instrumental 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 instrumental albums in the pop 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 to Joe Jackson in 2001. According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, the award is presented to albums containing "at least 51% playing time of newly recorded pop instrumental tracks".[3] Award recipients often include the producers, engineers, and/or mixers associated with the nominated work in addition to the recording artists. In 2005, the producer of a compilation album was the only award recipient.

As of 2015, Larry Carlton and Booker T. Jones are the only musicians to receive the award more than once. Gerald Albright received the most nominations with six.

From 2015, this category will be renamed as Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, and will move from the Pop category field to the Contemporary category field.[4] The category description will not change.

Recipients[edit]

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2002 award winner, Steve Lukather
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2007 award winner, Peter Frampton
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Béla Fleck of the 2009 award-winning group, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
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2010 award winner, Booker T. Jones
Year[I] Performing artist(s) Work Nominees Ref.
2001 Jackson, JoeJoe Jackson Symphony No. 1 [5]
2002 Carlton, LarryLarry Carlton and Steve Lukather No Substitutions: Live in Osaka [6]
2003 Brown, NormanNorman Brown Just Chillin' [7]
2004 Cooder, RyRy Cooder and Manuel Galban Mambo Sinuendo [8]
2005 Various artists[II] Henry Mancini: Pink Guitar [9]
2006 Bacharach, BurtBurt Bacharach At This Time [10]
2007 Frampton, PeterPeter Frampton Fingerprints [11]
2008 Beastie Boys The Mix-Up [12]
2009 Béla Fleck and the Flecktones Jingle All the Way [13]
2010 Jones, Booker T.Booker T. Jones Potato Hole [14]
2011 Carlton, LarryLarry Carlton and Tak Matsumoto Take Your Pick [15]
2012 Booker T. Jones The Road from Memphis [16]
2013 Chris Botti Impressions [17]
2014 Herb Alpert Steppin' Out [18]
2015 Winner TBA on 8 February 2015 [19]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.
^[II] An award was presented to James R. Jensen as the producer of the album.

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References[edit]

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Specific
  1. ^ "Grammy Awards at a Glance". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Overview". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ "52nd OEP Category Description Guide" (PDF). National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. p. 5. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  4. ^ Grammy.com, 12 June 2014
  5. ^ "43rd Grammy Awards". CNN. February 21, 2001. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Complete List Of Grammy Nominees". CBS News. January 4, 2002. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Complete list of Grammy nominees; ceremony set for Feb. 23". San Francisco Chronicle (Hearst Corporation). January 8, 2003. p. 1. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Nominee list for the 46th Annual Grammy Awards". LiveDaily. December 4, 2003. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Nominee list for the 47th Annual Grammy Awards". LiveDaily. December 7, 2004. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  10. ^ "The Complete List of Grammy Nominations". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). December 8, 2005. p. 1. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  11. ^ "49th Annual Grammy Awards Winners List". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  12. ^ "50th annual Grammy Awards nominations". Variety. Reed Business Information. December 6, 2007. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  13. ^ "The 51st Annual Grammy Awards Winners List". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  14. ^ "The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Nominees List". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  15. ^ "53rd Annual Grammy Awards nominees list". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved December 5, 2010. 
  16. ^ 54th Grammy Awards nominees list
  17. ^ List of 2013 nominees
  18. ^ 2014 Nominees
  19. ^ List of Nominees 2015

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