Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album

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Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album
Awarded forQuality albums in the alternative genre
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1991
Currently held bySt. VincentDaddy's Home (2022)
Websitegrammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album is an award presented to recording artists for quality albums in the alternative genre at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards.[1] 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]

Criteria[edit]

While the definition of "alternative" has been debated,[3] the award was first presented in 1991 to recognize non-mainstream rock albums "heavily played on college radio stations".[4][5] After several updates of the category description, the Grammy organisation issued the following statement for the 2019 Grammy season:

Alternative is defined as a genre of music that embraces attributes of progression and innovation in both the music and attitudes associated with it. It is often a less intense version of rock or a more intense version of pop and is typically regarded as more original, eclectic, or musically challenging. It may embrace a variety of subgenres or any hybrids thereof and may include recordings that don't fit into other genre categories.

History[edit]

In 1991, and from 1994 to 1999, the award was known as Best Alternative Music Performance.[3] The award goes to the artist, producer and engineer/mixer, provided they were credited with more than 50% of playing time on the album. A producer or engineer with less than 50% of playing time, as well as the mastering engineer, can apply for a Winners Certificate.[6]

As of 2022, Radiohead, The White Stripes, and Beck share the record for the most wins in this category, having won three times each. Three female solo artists have won the award, Sinéad O'Connor, St. Vincent, and Fiona Apple; two bands with female members, The White Stripes and Alabama Shakes, have also won the award. With eight nominations to date, Björk, Radiohead, and Beck hold the record for the most nominations in this category; Radiohead singer Thom Yorke was nominated for the 2007 and 2020 awards for his solo albums, making him the most nominated person in this category with 10 total nominations. Björk holds the record for the most nominations for a solo artist, as well as the record for the most nominations without a win. Vampire Weekend and Coldplay have each received the award twice, and Coldplay are the only group to win two years consecutively. American artists have been presented with the award more than any other nationality, though it has been presented to musicians or groups from the United Kingdom five times, from Ireland twice, and from France and Australia once each.

Recipients[edit]

Sinéad O'Connor was the inaugural winner in 1991.
Michael Stipe of 1992 award winner R.E.M.
Black and white image of a man wearing a white dress shirt, a dark vest and jeans holding a guitar and standing behind a microphone stand. His eyes are closed, and the background is completely black except for a single light that shines from behind.
Thom Yorke of the three-time award-winning band Radiohead.
Three-time winner Beck.
Björk was nominated a record eight times.
Four men in from of an audience.
Two-time award-winning band Coldplay.
On the left, a man in red pants and a black T-shirt with black hair down to his chin holding a red guitar. On the right, a woman wearing a white shirt with black polka dots standing behind a red microphone stand.
Three-time award-winning band The White Stripes.
Ezra Koenig of two-time award-winner Vampire Weekend.
St. Vincent was the second solo female recipient when she won in 2015.
2017 award winner David Bowie.
Year[I] Performing artist(s) Work Nominees Ref.
1991 Sinéad O'Connor I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got [5]
1992 R.E.M. Out of Time [7]
1993 Tom Waits Bone Machine [8]
1994 U2 Zooropa [9]
1995 Green Day Dookie [10]
1996 Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York [11]
1997 Beck Odelay [12]
1998 Radiohead OK Computer [13]
1999 Beastie Boys Hello Nasty [14]
2000 Beck Mutations [15]
2001 Radiohead Kid A [16]
2002 Coldplay Parachutes [17]
2003 Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head [18]
2004 The White Stripes Elephant [19]
2005 Wilco A Ghost Is Born [20]
2006 The White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan [21]
2007 Gnarls Barkley St. Elsewhere [22]
2008 The White Stripes Icky Thump [23]
2009 Radiohead In Rainbows [24]
2010 Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix [25]
2011 The Black Keys Brothers [26]
2012 Bon Iver Bon Iver [27]
2013 Gotye Making Mirrors [28]
2014 Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City [29]
2015 St. Vincent St. Vincent [30]
2016 Alabama Shakes Sound & Color [31]
2017 David Bowie Blackstar [32]
2018 The National Sleep Well Beast [33]
2019 Beck Colors [34]
2020 Vampire Weekend Father of the Bride [35]
2021 Fiona Apple Fetch the Bolt Cutters [36]
2022 St. Vincent Daddy's Home [37]

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

Artists with multiple wins[edit]

Artists with multiple nominations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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