Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album

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Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album
Awarded for Quality pop music albums
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1968
Last awarded 2015
Official website

The Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album is an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards,[1] to recording artists for quality pop music albums. Awards in several categories are distributed 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 honor was first presented in 1968 at the 10th Grammy Awards as Best Contemporary Album to The Beatles for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The category was then discontinued until 1995 where it emerged with the new name Best Pop Album. In 2001, the category became known as Best Pop Vocal Album. According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, the award is presented to artists that perform "albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded pop vocal tracks."[3] Kelly Clarkson is the first and only artist to win the award more than once. She, along with Madonna, Pink, Sarah McLachlan and Justin Timberlake share the record for the most nominations, with three each.


Four men wearing coats and waving while surrounded by many other people.
The Beatles, the 1968 award-winning band for Best Contemporary Album.
Woman wearing a black outfit while singing and playing a guitar.
1999 award winner Madonna, performing in 2006.
Man wearing a white cutoff shirt while singing into a microphone and playing a guitar.
Two-time nominee and 2000 award winner Sting, performing in 2007.
Woman wearing a black gown and singing in to a microphone.
Three-time nominee Sarah McLachlan, performing in 2005.
Justin Timberlake performing.
Three-time nominee and 2004 award winner Justin Timberlake, performing in 2007.
Man closing his eyes while playing a guitar.
Two-time nominee and 2007 award winner John Mayer, performing in 2007.
A woman singing a high note.
Three-time nominee and two-time winner Kelly Clarkson, performing in 2012.
A blonde woman wearing a red dress singing into a microphone.
2011 award winner Lady Gaga, performing in 2015
Year[I] Performing artist(s) Nationality Work Nominees Ref.
1968 The Beatles  United Kingdom Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [4]
1995 Raitt, BonnieBonnie Raitt  United States Longing in Their Hearts [5]
1996 Mitchell, JoniJoni Mitchell  Canada Turbulent Indigo [6]
1997 Dion, CelineCeline Dion  Canada Falling into You [7]
1998 Taylor, JamesJames Taylor  United States Hourglass [8]
1999 Madonna  United States Ray of Light [9]
2000 Sting  United Kingdom Brand New Day [10]
2001 Steely Dan  United States Two Against Nature [11]
2002 Sade  United Kingdom Lovers Rock [12]
2003 Jones, NorahNorah Jones  United States Come Away with Me [13]
2004 Timberlake, JustinJustin Timberlake  United States Justified [14]
2005 Charles, RayRay Charles  United States Genius Loves Company [15]
2006 Clarkson, KellyKelly Clarkson  United States Breakaway [16]
2007 Mayer, JohnJohn Mayer  United States Continuum [17]
2008 Winehouse, AmyAmy Winehouse  United Kingdom Back to Black [18]
2009 Duffy  United Kingdom Rockferry [19]
2010 The Black Eyed Peas  United States The E.N.D [20]
2011 Lady Gaga  United States The Fame Monster [21]
2012 Adele  United Kingdom 21 [21]
2013 Kelly Clarkson  United States Stronger [22]
2014 Bruno Mars  United States Unorthodox Jukebox [22]
2015 Sam Smith  United Kingdom In the Lonely Hour [23]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

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  1. ^ "Grammy Awards at a Glance". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Overview". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ "52nd OEP Category Description Guide" (PDF). National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. p. 1. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ "1967 Grammy Awards Finalists". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 80 (7): 10. February 17, 1968. Retrieved February 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ "The 37th Grammy Nominations". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). January 6, 1995. p. 2. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ "List of Grammy nominees". CNN. January 4, 1996. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  7. ^ Kot, Greg (January 8, 1997). "Pumpkins A Smash With 7 Grammy Nominations". Chicago Tribune (Tribune Company). p. 4. Retrieved April 26, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Complete list of Grammy nominations". USA Today (Gannett Company). March 5, 1999. Retrieved April 26, 2011. 
  9. ^ Sullivan, James (January 6, 1999). "Women Dominate Grammys / Lauryn Hill leads with 10 nominations". San Francisco Chronicle (Hearst Corporation). p. 3. Retrieved April 26, 2011. 
  10. ^ "42nd Annual Grammy Awards nominations". CNN. January 4, 2000. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  11. ^ "43rd Grammy Awards". CNN. February 21, 2001. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Complete List Of Grammy Nominees". CBS News. January 4, 2002. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Complete list of Grammy nominees; ceremony set for Feb. 23". San Francisco Chronicle (Hearst Corporation). January 8, 2003. p. 1. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  14. ^ "They're All Contenders". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). December 5, 2003. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Grammy Award nominees in top categories". USA Today (Gannett Company). February 7, 2005. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  16. ^ "The Complete List of Grammy Nominations". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). December 8, 2005. p. 1. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  17. ^ "49th Annual Grammy Grammy Nominees". CBS News. December 7, 2006. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  18. ^ "50th annual Grammy Awards nominations". Variety (Reed Business Information). December 6, 2007. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Grammy Awards: List of Winners". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). January 31, 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Nominees And Winners". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  21. ^ a b "53rd Annual Grammy Awards nominees list". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved February 3, 2011.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Grammy2011" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  22. ^ a b "Maroon 5, fun. among early Grammy nominees". Associated Press (Google News). December 5, 2012. 
  23. ^ "57th Grammy Nominees". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 

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